There are many things you can do with your Twitter profile photo size, and your whole profile to that matter, to make it more attractive for human consumption and for targeting your potential customers. Here are some tips and tricks to help you devise a great Twitter Profile for your personal brand or business.
Why are we doing this again? Twitter has over 300 Million users. Active users. According to Pew Research, the highest use is by people 18 to 29, at 37%. Of those humans 30 to 49, 25% use it. About 12% of people 50 to 64 send tweets and about 10% are over 65. A lot of potential untapped clientele over there. When you’ve finished defining your buyer persona, then you’ll be able to create an experience which builds trust in your vertical market.
Let’s start by talking about graphics.
First of all, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of creating a fully scaled Twitter background, I don’t blame you, it can be a major pain in the butt. There are so many screen types and sizes you will have to account for so it’s honestly not the worst idea in the world to do a Google Search for some free Twitter backgrounds–just make sure to credit the photographers if you do use one of their images. You can also get some free patterns and color palette ideas from COLOURlovers by Themeleon if you just want to check out here.
Moving on to your Twitter profile picture size.. It’s ideal to have a photo square and maxxed at 400 x 400 pixels.. I suggest this number is your baseline. Twitter welcomes you to upload a much higher quality photo; just keep in mind it’s going to crop it to a square. Your Twitter profile photo size will resize when someone’s just glancing at your profile, or by viewing their home stream, before they click onto the image to enlarge it, so try to keep your branding easily recognizable when smaller photos are the only ones people will be viewing on the reg. There are some cool IF actions for Twitter profile pictures that I’ll mention a little later with links.. so stay tuned.
When you’re uploading any photo to the web, please remember to SEO (Search Engine Optimize, for all you newbies) the name of the file. Don’t just upload “IMG0069,” because it’s not going to ever help Google point potential searchers to your photo.
Now let’s think about your Twitter header image. Your header image should be 1500 x 500 pixels. You should remember there are certain places where your profile picture and Twitter bio content are going to be sitting… and will change when you bring it to mobile… Here’s a great source to create your properly sized images by MainStreetHost... but if you want to just add a complimentary background or a photo you’ve taken at the beach, that could work too!
Now let’s look at your bio.
Remember, your 160 character Twitter bio is searchable through all of the Twitterverse and Google, and you should use curated keywords and your own name if you can, since your Twitter profile will come up in Google searches for you… Very powerful for an SEO who is tweeting for her/his own company. Spell and grammar good 😡
Alternatively, I suggest you look at some of your competition. It doesn’t hurt to see who has come before you and is rocking it in the Twitter world, and they could grant you some insight into awesome keywords.
…still stumped? Then head on over to the Twitter Bio Generator to come up with some gobbledygook keywords.. but we’d really like for you to stand out so why not get creative 🙂
Bonus: Here are some sweet IFTTT (If This Then That) recipes work well if you’d like to keep mixing up your Twitter profile 🙂
- Update your Twitter profile pic with an Instagram photo
- Update your Twitter profile pic with your new Facebook avatar
- If your company is public, update your Twitter bio with your Stock Price
- When you publish a WordPress post, you can update your bio with a title and link to the post (must have WP.com sync)
Let us know if you have anything to add!