If you are still holding out on customizing your Twitter page background, what are you waiting for? A customized Twitter background is a must for any serious web presence. Going with one of the default choices not only looks unprofessional, it also misses the boat on getting your message to the world.
Take a look at your Twitter page. You will see all of your recent postings in the center of the page, and some information about you on the strip which borders it to the right. But pay attention to all of that free real estate to the left and right of your posts and information. You can personalize that entire space using any graphics program, such as The Gimp or Photoshop.
Notice what I did with my Twitter background. It's no great shakes, but it beats the heck out of the default background. The first thing people see is our website address, which I want to build brand recognition for. Then they see a thank you message from me, and a picture of my daughter and I. Finally they get a little info about my professional title, and some examples of our work.
Do a Google search. You will find numerous free templates for Twitter backgrounds. The authors have already done the tedious work of counting pixels to determine where you can fit additional graphics to the left and right of the main Twitter feed.
The upper left corner is probably the most important bit of real estate to claim. You can put your website address here. Or you can put a catchy graphic which convinces your readers' eyes to follow down the page to additional information. Maybe a picture of you. Or some nice pictures depicting your business.
You can utilize any of this real estate. Just don't go too far and create an eye sore. Use your favorite graphics programs to add important links or any additional information which you feel is important.
Share your cool Twitter backgrounds with us. Who knows, you might attract some new followers!
- Dan Padavona, Warmpicture
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