How to change your Twitter background

By Liam Foy

Benefits of having a custom background

Some of you might ask “Is creating a custom Twitter background worth the effort?” While this is a valid question, and the final answer is up to you, there are a range of benefits to making your background image your own. Both the creative and the brand-conscious have benefited from unique background designs.

Here are a couple reasons for why you might want to build your own:

  • It’s a chance to express yourself and who you are. Are you an artist, a musician, a blogger, or a cook? A custom background can really help people understand who you are and what you do
  • Having extra contact information, additional bio information or even a brand logo within your background is seen as best practice
  • Your profile stands out in a crowd full of clones. If nothing about you is unique (for example you’re not famous like 99% of the top followed Twitter users) then a standout background is just another edge over your competition
  • A custom Twitter background brings more credibility to your Twitter profile. Consider the many fake pages on Twitter or marketers who join with the intention of spamming users and as you will see most of those pages still have the default theme and very little visual appeal

Now, down to the how

This is a simple process: just go to settings, then design. You now have two options either pick a premade theme (which we wouldn’t advise on) or you can now browse your computer and add any image you’d like, so long as it’s under 800k in size.

Next, the actual dimensions. This is important because improperly-sized images can be covered up by your Twitter profile or can start to tile, which often leads to an undesired effect. In most circumstances, you want your background to be large enough not to tile. To achieve this, the total image size should be around 1600px wide by 1200px high. This encompasses almost all screen resolutions. If you build a left-hand column, popular on many Twitter backgrounds, make sure that it’s small enough not to be covered up by the central Twitter content this should be smaller than 235px.

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This post was written by Liam Foy

As a Senior Engagement Manager, Liam co-ordinates with our clients to develop strategy, build brand awareness, manage communities and implement social media campaigns to a high specification.