How to customize your Twitter page to your business

So much social media, so little time, right? If you are using Twitter (good job!) you should take 5 minutes to customize your Twitter account to your picture framing business. It will be hard for you to gain followers (and that's the name of the game) if you just go with all of the default Twitter images as people may doubt there is a real human being behind a Twitter account that uses the default images. And with a recent estimate that over 20 million twitter accounts are fake, there is good reason to question the legitimacy of many Twitter accounts. 

For demonstration's sake, I've created a new Twitter account called Wrenchable, and will walk you through how to personalize you Twitter account so people don't think you're some zombie robot.

When you first set up your account, your Twitter page will show the egg avatar as well as the cloud background:

personalize twitter to picture frame store

You should first upload your avatar. If you are trying to promote yourself as a local business, perhaps a picture of yourself would be nice. If you're creeped out by the idea of anonymous people seing your picture online, upload something like your logo or a nice picture frame. To do this, click on the blue plus above your twitter handle

personalize twitter to picture frame store

You can upload an image, take a picture with your computer's camera, or drag an image into the area with the blue plus. Remember, this is going to be a small square area, so make sure your picture looks good as a small square. Once you add an image, you can zoom and move the image around. Hit Apply to apply any changes you've made. 

personalize twitter to picture frame store

Next you'll want to personalize your profile - my Wrenchable profile will be Red Sox fan 4-eva. Simply type in the area where the profile message is to change the default message. You can do the same to add your location and website. When you're done hit the Save changes button.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

If you want to make changes after you've saved your new profile, simply hit the Edit Profile button.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

Next we want to get rid of the default grey background that is displayed behind your new profile image for your profile page. To do this, click on the gear and select Edit profile from the dropdown.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

You can change the header image by clicking on the Change header (imagine that!) button. The image will be cropped to 1252x626, and can't be larger than 5MB. In the dialog box that opens, select the image you want to use from your computer.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

You can position and zoom into the image as well. When you're done hit Apply

personalize twitter to picture frame store

We also want to change the default blue cloud background for your whole twitter profile page. To do this, click on Design on the left-hand side of the page.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

You can select a pre-made theme, upload your own image, or pick your own colors.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

The background image is the little fluffy clouds that you are given with a default account. If you don't want any image, click on Change background, and then Remove. 

personalize twitter to picture frame store

To pick your own colors, click on either the background color or link color, and a color picker will open up. I'm going to pick red to match the pepper image I used for my profile background. When you've got the desired color, hit the Done button to apply your color selection to your profile.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

personalize twitter to picture frame store

Your profile will update as you make changes, but be sure to hit Save Changes at the bottom to save your work! You can also chose your overlay color (either black or white). This is the semi-transparent background that creates a border around your profile.

personalize twitter to picture frame store

Black overlay:

personalize twitter to picture frame store

White overlay:

Now your profile is nicely customized and people will be much more likely to believe you are a real person behind the twitter account. And it looks cool too!

personalize twitter to picture frame store

 

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