The New Twitter Header and How To Add It To Your Page

By Nick Cullen

From Tuesday 18th August  2012 Twitter announced a redesign of it’s profile page that includes Facebook-style cover photos.

Speaking on the America’s Today show Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo revealed:

“Starting today you can make your presence on Twitter more meaningful with new Twitter profiles. Upload an all-new header photo on mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android or, and the same image will appear whenever anyone views your profile on the web or these apps. You can upload your header photo, which appears above your Tweets, to express yourself instantly, anywhere.”

The benefit of the image appearing behind your profile pic is that now you can, as with Facebook cover photos and Google + cover images, interact between your profile pic and header image.

See US presenter Ryan Seacrest’s Header.

The re-design enables you to upload a bespoke header image to give Twitter profiles an even great visual impact. The header photo will be consistent across platforms including PC, Web, iPad and mobile apps. Until now the only changes were to the background which would only appear on a desktop. This will allow brands / business more of a platform to promote their products/services.

Here’s how to add the new Twitter Header on your Desktop

1.     Click the Edit icon on your page, then click settings in the drop down menu

2. Go to Design in the left hand panel, underneath the twitter wallpapers, go to the ‘Customize your own’ section, with the new option ‘Header’ option, click ‘change header’ then ‘choose existing image’ with an image with the minimum dimensions of 1252 x 626

3. Once the image is uploaded click back on your profile page and the new header will appear below, also when designing your header, the things to consider are that twitter adds a dark gradient to the bottom of the header & your Bio information will be white with a drop shadow

Let us know what you think of the new look; is it an improvement? Could it be useful for business/brand across all social media platforms?

This post was written by Nick Cullen

Nick's responsible for the design of artwork for our Social Media clients, working along side our in house campaign and technical managers.