What is the first impression voters and supporters get when they find you on Twitter? Unless you want to convey light fluffy cartoon clouds you need to take a few minutes to update your Twitter Profile.
I’ll try to save you a couple of those minutes with 3 simple tips to update your header, background, and profile picture.
Update your Twitter Profile Picture
For your profile, start large and scale down to see if the picture you have chosen is visible on the smallest size.
This is the size your picture gets scaled down to.
This is the size for your profile pic surface area
If you choose an image too small it will look distorted on smart phones.
This is a good size for scaling down on retina display
Update your Twitter Header
Prime Minister Harper’s Twitter Profile has been recognized as the best of any world leader. Getting the background and header to line up just right can be tricky. Always star large and work your way down. To make sure you look great on any device the make your background at least 1252px by 626px.
I have created a graphic you can overlay onto your pictures to get the profile picture and header picture to line up right.
You can get the Publisher and Photoshop versions here.
Update your Twitter Background
The Twitter background used to be more challenging when you could only align your pictures to the left. Twitter now let’s you centre the image to the left, right, or centre.
As the screen size scales down many people can’t see any details you add to your background image beyond the first 200px.
Because of the size of the background on larger screens an image of at least 2500 px wide would be recommended but it is hard to ensure to keep the file size small enough (under 2mb).
One final trick is to use a shorter graphic with a solid colour to match the background colour you set.
This one is not simple, but I only promised you 3.
By adding meta data to your website then validating it with Twitter your website links will display additional details.
Save Even More Time
If you don’t need a custom design, you can pick up one of 6 different conservative themed Twitter Profile packages right here.