Personal conflict over my own Twitter page is what led me to writing these posts (click to read “How to Make the Most of Your Twitter Page, Part I“). You see, I knew my description needed some updating, and my background and colors didn’t reflect the newly redesigned look of my blog. Your Twitter profile page is an extension of your blog, so now that I had a new blog look, I needed an updated Twitter page, too.
Twitter Page Profile Photo
I started with my Twitter profile photo. I “fixed” my existing photo by changing it from a sepia finish to black & white. This allowed me to keep my current photo and have it coordinate with my new grey/blue/green blog color scheme.
Something to consider: Consistency is key. If you are going to change your Twitter profile photo and you use the same profile photo for BlogFrog, Klout, PeerIndex, StumbleUpon, etc., be sure to make that same change in every place that photo is used.
Twitter Page Description
Next, I tweaked my Twitter description. My existing description read:
Thirty-something. Temporarily-retired marketer. Chi-Town girl. SAHM. Relocating & home-remodeling fiend. Internet shopper. SUV lover. Organic. Anti-HFCS.
I wanted my description to serve as a reflection of me and to give a potential follower a general vibe of what I’m all about. If someone were to ask me to characterize myself in a few words, these words are what come to mind.
Now that I have a new venture* with Kristin of Taming Insanity, I needed my Twitter description to reflect that. Here’s what it now reads:
Thirty-something temporarily-retired marketer, SAHM & Chi-Town girl. Internet shopper. Relocating fiend. Organic. Anti-HFCS. Co-Founder of EliRose.com
Some things to consider: You are limited to 160 characters. If what you’d like to say is too long, what elements are essential? Is there anything that goes without saying? For those who are having a difficult time crafting their description, do you have a tagline for your blog that you could use?
Twitter Page Background and Colors
After modifying my photo and tweaking my description, it was on to the background and colors of my page. When Sharon from Good, True and Beautiful did my redesign, she told me about this super awesome (and free!) online tool at BGPatterns.com. You can choose your color, texture and image pattern (including setting the image’s opacity), then save a “tile” to upload for your blog or Twitter backgrounds.
Sharon used this tool for my blog’s background, so I followed suit and changed my Twitter background to match. I uploaded my grey textured tile by clicking the “Change background image” button under Settings when logged into Twitter.com.
With my new grey tiled background in place, I adjusted the colors of my sidebar, text and links next by clicking the “Change design colors” button.
Once done, I saved my changes and completed my Twitter page redesign!
I used BGPatterns in order to match my blog, but there are other free Twitter design sites that you can check out, like Themeleon and FreeTwitterDesigner.com. Also, if the thought of designing your page makes your head hurt, you can instead upload your blog button (either as tiled background, or a single button image that will appear in the top left corner of your page), and adjust the background, sidebar and text colors to match it.
Something to consider: Since your Twitter page is an extension of your blog and a reflection of you, how it looks and what it says is going to be very different from blogger to blogger.
I made changes based on what is best for me, and I hope that these posts provided a few thoughts and tools to help you make your Twitter profile work best for you.