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With Twitter launching a new look for user profiles, the biggest change you’ll have noticed by now is the big header image you can use to feature an extra image that says a little something about who you are or what you do. Twitter header images should be at least 1200 by 600 pixels, and by putting a little bit of thought into what kind of image to use, you can really spruce up your profile, and say something about who you are, all at the same time.
If you want to test the image and see how it would look before putting it on your Twitter profile, you can always use a PSD template to experiment and perfect your look using Photoshop.
Use An Image That Complements Your Profile Photo
One of the ways that quite a few Twitter users have already put their header image to good use is to use a photo that complements their profile photo. By using a profile image that fits right into your new Twitter header, you can end up with a pretty creative and cool looking Twitter profile. A few users have already come up with a way to do just that, like Chris Pirillo:
and Ryan Seacrest:
Showcase Your Products
If you’re using Twitter as a marketing tool, you can use the header image to showcase your products, special offers, deals and more. McDonalds has put this method to good use by showcasing their extra value menu:
Showcase Your Work
No matter what kind of visual artist you are – whether a photographer, designer, or artist, you can use that space to showcase your work. Photographers will no doubt find this a great way to showcase a favourite photo, and can even constantly rotate the image to showcase your best work.
Graham Smith has used the space to showcase logos he’s designed:
Showcase Your Brand
Whether you’re running a personal or business account, you can use the image to showcase a little something about your ‘brand’. Here at MakeUseOf, we’ve used that space to say something about who we are, by using an image that says something about what we’re all about – apps and technology:
If you want, you can also use the PSD template to experiment with putting some writing on the image, as long as it doesn’t crowd the writing you’ve already got on there because of your bio.
Show Off Your Workspace
You can use that extra little bit of space to showcase where you work. This idea works whether you’re a large company and want to show off your offices, or you’re a freelancer or work from home and want to display your own unique workspace.
The Huffington Post has used its header image to show viewers a glimpse of the site’s newsroom:
Keep it Simple
Sometimes a busy photo won’t necessarily work with all the text you have in your bio, or you simply might want to keep it simple. Breaking News is clearly on to something with a simple graphic that goes perfectly with the background image they’ve chosen:
Feature Your Favourite Quote
You can use the header image not only to put an interesting looking photo, you can also use it to share your favourite quote. Just make sure that you keep the text off to a side, so it doesn’t interfere with the rest of your bio:
Find a Cool Photo at TwitrCovers
If all else fails, the easiest way to make the most out of this new space is to simply add a pretty photo. Just make sure you stick with the suggested dimensions of 1200 by 600 so that it fits perfectly in that space. If you don’t have any photos of your own to use, check out TwitrCovers.
With TwitrCovers you can download perfectly sized images to use as your Twitter header image. Photos are divided into 13 categories including abstracts, animals, art and games. You can also browse the most popular images on the site.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how to get the most out of the new Twitter header image? Let us know in the comments.