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customize twitter pageThough most Twitter members make use of one or more Twitter client applications to post and read tweets, many of us still like to customize our Twitter homepage to convey something about our personality, business, or interests.

The default settings of Twitter provide some lightweight customization tools in which you can change the background image and the colors of the text, links, sidebar, and sidebar border of your homepage. We’ve covered how to spice up a Twitter homepage A Bunch of Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Twitter Page A Bunch of Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Twitter Page Read More . But for those who don’t know, I will cover the default settings for making changes and then describe a few third-party sites and advanced settings that can help jazz up your Twitter homepage.

Default Twitter Design Changes

To use Twitter’s pre-designed themes, do the following:

  • Log into your Twitter account and select “Settings” under your username.
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  • Click on “Design” on the top menu bar of the page.
  • On the Twitter Design page, you can choose from 20 different pre-designed themes.
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  • Click the “Change design colors” button, which enables you to make color changes to the background, text, links, sidebar and sidebar border. You will get a preview of the changes you make, but nothing is etched in stone until you click the “Save Changes” button.

Change The Background Image

If Twitter’s pre-designed themes are a little too generic for you, you can haul out Photoshop or a similar image design application and create your own background. Here’s how:

  • Create an image that is 1280 x 800 pixels, which will give you 108px on each side of the main widest column of your Twitter page. Your background can consist of whatever you want, including photos and text. Just remember, backgrounds can’t be more than 800KB.
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  • Once your image is set, go back to the Design Setting page and click on the “Change background image” button. Click the Choose button; browse for your image, and then click Save. Unfortunately, unlike with previewing design color changes, you can’t see what your background image will look like on your Twitter page until you click the “Save Changes” button.

Free Backgrounds

If rolling your own background is not your thing, there are plenty of free designs that you can download and use. Here are a few sources:

Twitter Backgrounds

Twitter Backgrounds offers several hundred themes in a couple of dozen categories, including Cars, Fantasy, Girly, Holidays, Movies, and Sports.

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Their free offerings can be downloaded to your hard drive and personalized to your hearts content. The site also includes instructions for tweaking a selected design once you get it uploaded to your Twitter account.

Twitrbackgrounds

This is a similar site to the one above. It features free nature, artistic, photo, sports, and simple backgrounds that can be downloaded for free or uploaded directly to your account after you provide the site authorization to make changes. It cost $9.95 for personalized backgrounds.

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Transparent Sidebar

Another popular way to customize your Twitter page is to make the sidebar transparent so that viewers can see more of the background. For example, in this background the photos are partially hidden by the green, nearly opaque sidebar.

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After adding some code, I was able to make it transparent, so it now looks like this:

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To create a transparent sidebar, do the following:

  • Go the Twitter Design Settings as described above.
  • Click on the “Change design colors” button and then select “sidebar“. Do not change the color, just select it.
  • Copy and paste the following code in the URL address bar of your Twitter :
page.javascript:d=document;c=d.createElement('script');d.body.appendChild(c);c.src='http%3A%2F%2Fwww.justinparks.com%2Ftwitter%2Ftwitter-sidebar.js';void(0);
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    Thanks to JustinParks.com for this code.

  • Now hit the Enter or return key to apply the changes.
  • Click the “Save Changes” button and refresh to your homepage.

While you may not visit your Twitter page a lot, customizing it can be a creative form of self-expression.  Let us know in the comments how you customized your Twitter page and also let us know what free resources you have used.

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  1. Bob
    June 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Does anybody know how to use opacity on the Twitter menu at around 90% rather than 100%?

    • Tina
      June 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Hey Bob,

      if you don't get an answer here, you can always ask your question on MakeUseOf Answers.

  2. About Web
    June 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Seems interesting, but I prefer to have a smaller image as a background on my twitter page, to increase the loading speed.

  3. Dwmatty
    May 18, 2011 at 5:07 am

     I selected the baseball theme from the personal catergory at Twitter Backgrounds, but I  can't figure out how to get into my Twitter design.

    • Bakari
      May 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

       Dwmatty, if I remember correctly, you need to download the theme to your computer, and then upload it to your twitter account as I explained under the “Change the Background Image.” Let me know if that doesn’t work for you.

  4. Toni Aull
    May 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Great Intelligence

  5. Eggy Webb2007
    May 12, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Tried changing my profile page to transparent, and it wouldn't accept the java code that I pasted in. Said it didn't "recognize" the request.

    • Bakari
      May 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      Hmmm, not sure what the problem is. It worked for me. Try going to JustinPark’s website (
      JustinParks.com
      )
      and copying the code directly. Let me know if it doesn’t work.

  6. Web Outsourcing Gateway
    May 12, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Is there any apps for changing twitter backgrounds? thanks

    • Bakari
      May 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

      The only apps I know of are the web apps referenced in the article. If you find a computer app, please let us know about it.

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