Today Twitter announced a design enhancement that allows you to add an enhanced header to your Twitter profile (along with a background). Instead of just a small square for your information, you can add a design was increased to make room for more graphics. While the move is important for brands that have Twitter pages, it is also important for individuals to update their header as well. The new header will also offer a richer profile page for mobile users to see on iPad, Android, and iPhones.
Of course I was lucky to have my social media buddy TheGoToMom email me before I even saw the email from Twitter this morning. We both loaded headers and gave feedback to each other on the look. I based my background on the BreakingNews twitter id that has a solid background with a subtle design.
Key things to know are:
1. Where to find information online: To load your new Twitter header image go to: Settings> Design > scroll to bottom to see customize your own header. You will need to add a header image to your Twitter profile with an optimal image size of 1252 x 626 pixels and has to be smaller then 5MB. You do have the option to toggle the image – but be careful because what you see may be different then what people with bigger screen resolutions see. It is best to load an image that does not need to be cropped in any way or if the image needs to be cropped – do that beforehand. The images sizes for the other features are the same: Profile Photo: 73 x 73 pixels , Background image: file size no more than 800k and your bio must be 160 characters or less.
Resources: Twitter blog posts: “New Twitter profile pages: A richer way to showcase your brand and engage consumers“, “Because you have more to show” and Twitter help page.
2. Timing: The email says you have until November to customize your header – or else a default “grey” will be used. The blog post said that you can make the change to the new header today and that while all users will be switched over soon, they will be notified first.
3. Email from Twitter with information about new profile header: Everyone should of received an email below from Twitter. If you have a high spam filter it may have gone to spam so check your email.
What do you think of the enhanced header on Twitter?