Twitter Rolls Out Cover Photos: How to Add Yours Today

    by Corey Eridon

    Date

    September 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM

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    It's been forever since we've had a new social media update.

    Ha, kidding. More like new things are rolling out every week. And this week, it's Twitter that's grabbing the limelight by launching its new profile page design yesterday on the Today Show. Like the recent LinkedIn Company Page changes, the update is purely aesthetic, providing what looks kind of like a right-aligned Facebook Timeline cover photo for brands to play with. We're here to show you how to set it up (it's not immediately obvious if you log in to your Twitter account, but it's really quite simple) and show you how a few brands have changed their Twitter profiles up since the launch. You know -- for a little inspiration!

    How to Set Up the New Twitter Profile Page

    To update your Twitter profile, follow these steps.

    Step 1: Log in to Twitter, and click on the gear icon in the top right corner. A drop-down menu will appear. Select 'Settings.'


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    Step 2: On the next screen, you'll see a menu of options on your left. Click 'Design.'


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    Step 3: Scroll down to the 'Customize your own' section and select 'Change header.' Note the image size requirements -- the minimum dimensions are 1252x626, and the maximum file size is 5MB.

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    Step 4: Upload your image, and then simply drag the photo into the positioning you like, and zoom in and out to your heart's content. When you like the look of your new Twitter profile header image, hit 'Save,' and kapow! You did it. Super easy.

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    Some Twitter Profile Pages to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

    Now that you know how to update your profile header photo, let's take a look at some of the brands that have already taken the plunge. Since this new update was launched on the Today Show, let's take a look at what they've done with their new page, and then find a few more examples (many brands haven't updated their photos yet) to get you thinking. I'm not following all of these folks, either, so you can see what your profile will look like for current followers, and those who are soon-to-be!

    Note: That white text you see over all of the photos? Yep, that's your username, bio, URL, location ... all that stuff that used to be under your header image in the old layout. If you ask me, it's a little underwhelming over the cover photos. But hey, that's just my opinion.

    The Today Show


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    Comedy Central


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    The Holiday Inn


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    Mars Curiosity Rover (NASA)


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    Search Engine Land


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    HubSpot


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    Have you updated your Twitter profile page yet? What do you think of the new layout?

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