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A Bunch of Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Twitter Page twittersongWhile most people use a Twitter client of some kind nowadays, your profile page is still important if you want to attract new followers. Usually those who have just discovered you will visit your profile (as in”username”) before deciding to follow you. Twitter pages look really chic already, but you might want to take some extra steps to beautify yours.

First of all, there are some quick and easy options built right into Twitter. The site recently underwent some structural changes and one of those included the removal of some custom elements. At first I was distraught about this, but now I really like the new layout and their new options have definitely made up for it. For instance, you can now go into the Settings/Design tab of your profile and edit much of the page’s look and feel.

The easiest thing to do is to pick one of 12 prefab wallpapers that all look like Threadless t-shirts (not a bad match for Twitter, actually). If you want to add your own wallpaper, hold your horses, we’ll get to that in a bit.

twitter background images

To match up your fancy new background with the general page elements, simply click “Change design colors” and you can pick each element’s color from a palette.

twitter background design


Getting back to custom backgrounds as promised, there are a couple of options for you. Some people find really fantastic photographs to use as their backgrounds. Usually they are epic landscapes that will do well even when you scroll down a ways. Also, it doesn’t hurt to just have something neat in the upper left-hand corner. Personally, I am artistically inept, so I use services like [NO LONGER WORKS] TwitterPatterns and BgPatterns to find new backgrounds. The former is interesting because the designs are specifically for Twitter profile pages.


If you’re not feeling like a fabric-backed Twitter is right for you, look into BgPatterns. They focus on a single shape or object and tile it over and over for an attractive, uniform look. Personally I found a nifty little starA Bunch of Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Twitter Page twitterlogo pattern that I use for my own page and it has served me well. With the new layout, though, I may play around with my element colors here and there until I find something new and snazzy.

Once you have a new background picked out, click the “Change background image” link and browse to your image. If it is like one of the above, make sure “tile background” is checked (if you went that way) or you’ll only get one lonely iteration of your background. Click “save changes” and you’re all ready to go!

Once you’re done configuring the layout, there is still one more thing you can do to jazz up your Tweets. In fact, your Tweets are specifically applicable to this next service. It’s called TwitPic and I can’t believe we haven’t mentioned it before here on MakeUseOf. While it probably deserves an entire article unto itself, TwitPic will essentially allow you to upload images and associate individual Tweets with them. It’s kind of like a micro-Flickr for microblogging.

Because seeing is believing, I made up a little sample:

twitter layouts

The process of uploading is essentially two steps (choose and customize) once you’ve signed into your Twitter account through the API. The service has mobile options and works through several clients as well, so definitely take a closer look when you get a chance.

Lastly, Epic-Fu just dedicated an entire podcast to Twitter, so be sure to check it out, as they mentioned a lot of services I’d never heard of before.

P.S. – If you’re wondering about the first graphic in this article, it comes from Ben Walker, who wrote “The Twitter Song.” Here’s a quirky little video to inspire your future Twitterings:

If you make a particularly spectacular profile page share it with us and describe how you made it better! Plus, don’t forget to follow MakeUseOf !

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  1. sean
    May 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

  2. Doctor Twitter
    April 29, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    doctor twitter is now the number 1 site for spicing up your twitter background...:)

  3. Carlos M.V.
    December 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for these useful tips man

  4. Chetan
    November 14, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Great post :)
    I had already knew about Twitter Patterns but BGPatterns is the one i have to go and check.

  5. Dave Drager
    October 9, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Great tips Jimmy! You can find me on twitter @ddrager. Always looking for new people to follow!