Maybe you feel particularly strongly about charity. Maybe you’re just bored with your display picture, and want to spruce it up. Twibbon is a service that makes it easier to join together and promote your cause in the simplest of ways.
If you’re a fan of armchair activism, then you’ll probably find Twibbon to be a great little tool.
Connect Your Accounts
The first thing you’ll need to do in order to use Twibbon is connect your social networks to the service. Simply click Login with Facebook or Login with Twitter in the top right hand side of the homepage.
You’ll be asked to allow Twibbon access to either Twitter or Facebook, and once you’ve allowed one or both services you will see it listed in the top right.
Once you’ve added your desired account, you’re free to go looking for causes and you can even start your own for free!
Joining Existing Causes
You can browse what’s hot at the moment simply by returning to the homepage. You’ll find all trending causes currently listed, and at this point you’ll probably notice a lot of campaigns that have been set up just for fun.
You don’t need to be an outspoken political activist or have a soft spot for any particular charity, there’s plenty of campaigns you can join for a laugh.
Once you’ve found something that takes your fancy, click Support This and you’ll be taken to a page where you can edit the position of your Twibbon. When you’re ready click Show my support now! and your Twitter or Facebook (depending on which account you’ve connected) profile image will update.
You may also be taken to a website related to the cause (if the user who created the campaign chose the paid option) and may also end up following that user and tweeting about it (once, e.g. “I joined this cause”) too. Some of you may not like this but it only takes a couple of seconds to undo.
If you feel particularly strongly about a campaign that is not listed then you can also create your own, so others can join in.
Creating Your Own Twibbons
To create a cause for others to support, click on Start A Campaign at the top of the page. You will need to fill in a few details before you upload your image and finalise your campaign.
Input your email, a title for your campaign, a short description (usually with a URL if it’s a recognised cause) and assign a category, sub-category and a maximum of 4 tags. Once everything’s completed, hit Save and Continue.
Next you’ll need to sort out some images. Image sizes for each service are as follows:
Twitter – 73x73 pixels, maximum filesize of 150KB.
Facebook – 200x200 pixels, maximum filesize of 150KB.
The image must be in PNG format, and you’ll need to use transparency so that users can still see their existing profile pictures once the Twibbon is applied.
Depending on what you use to create your image (be it Photoshop, GIMP or something else) you’ll need to create a new square image with a transparent background, then scale it down to each image size. Save with full .PNG transparency and upload the image.
When prompted, select your files and click Next to upload. On the next page you will be asked if you want to pay for advanced customization. It costs $99, so it isn’t exactly cheap but guarantees that anybody who supports your theme follows you, notifies others about the campaign and adds a few other useful options.
Click I just want a free campaign to move on and you will be taken to the Manage Campaigns page. Congratulations, you and the rest of the world can now join your cause and spread the word.
Twibbon certainly won’t change the world, the way we protest and is a fairly lazy way of showing support. Regardless of this it does provide an easy way to connect with like-minded individuals, drive support for your favourite charities and events and even just have some fun.
I’m not sure whether the $99 is worth it for paid campaigns, but if you’re serious about spreading the love then you’ve got that option open to you as well. If you like charity and fundraising, don’t forget to check out this article about crowdfunding.
What Twibbon causes have you signed up to?