Maximizing your social media real estate can be incredibly beneficial. You’re familiar with updating your header or cover photos, but what about those areas that you may have left untouched? Such as your Twitter background image.
With the newer Twitter layout, they actually removed the ability to add a background image to your profile page in favor of an enlarged header image. However, did you know that you can still upload a background image to your individual status update pages? In the image at the top of this post, Toyota Canada is not making use of this space currently. I created a mockup of what they could do with the space to promote their latest contest.
When somebody clicks on your individual status updates, it opens on a new page. Use this page to your advantage! On the Wonder Forest Twitter background shown below, I added a left hand sidebar area full of information that I wanted people to see. I filled the background with my illustrations to match the header image as well.
This additional background space is a great place to share your links (in graphic form of course, as there is no way to make them clickable!) or any current promotions your business or blog is having. Right now, this background area can still be edited in the Twitter profile editor, however, I am not sure how long they will let it slide by. If you want to take advantage now, here is what you need to do:
Create your background image
To begin, you’ll need to create a background image. I recommend creating one 2000px wide. You can do this easily using a free photo editing program like Pixlr, OR I highly recommend signing up for Adobe’s Creative Cloud service to get Photoshop and Lightroom for just $9.99 a month. It’s SO worth it!
Your most important graphics should be contained as close to the center Twitter column as possible to be sure they appear on all screen sizes. It’s important to remember that your background “sides” will be cut off in smaller screen sizes. You can play with this later if you need to.
Upload the background image
To upload your newly created background image, do the following:
It’s important to choose “Center” so that your background works properly on all screen sizes. The Background Color option looks best if it is the same hex code as the background color of the image you created. This will make the background image blend in seamlessly with the remainder of the background. Save your changes!
Test your background
Go back to your Twitter profile and click on one of your status updates to see your updated background. If it looks a little off, adjust the image and re-upload it. You’re done! You will notice that the background also appears on your settings pages and dashboard pages that are only visible to you.
I hope this helped you maximize your Twitter real estate instead of letting valuable space go to waste! Let me know below if you’ve tried it 😉