How to Update to the New Twitter Profile (In Less than 5mins!)

by Chris C. Ducker · 26 comments

How to Update to the New Twitter Profile DesignRecently, Twitter announced not only an update to their iPhone and iPad apps, but also the Android, too. Awesome! Part of the New Business Manifesto is to update ourselves constantly as entrepreneurs.

However, by far the biggest change was the introduction of a new header photo, which gives all of us instant brand building potential, with some decent real estate being utilized to help us express ourselves, our businesses and our brands a little easier.

The funny thing here is that I just went live with my new Twitter background a couple of days ago, and here I am completely redesigning and putting together another image. Actually, another three images – which we’ll go into a little more in a minute.

So, without further ado, lets get to it…

How to Update Your Twitter Profile Design

Note: The following guide, images and video walkthrough show you how to change your profile design on the Twitter website. The process is basically the same on your iPad, etc., however, the layout might be a little different looking. Please keep this in mind.

There are two ways you can follow this tutorial. Simple click play on the short video below, or if you prefer, read the instructions that follow underneath it.

Did you find this short tutorial useful? If so, I’d love for you to share it with some friends JUST CLICK HERE to share the post.

Step 1 – Sign into Twitter and then click on the ‘Edit Your Profile’ button.

Step 2 – From the menu on the left, select the ‘Design’ tab and then scroll down to see the new design options.

Step 3 – Upload your ‘Header’ image. You can scale an image if you like, by zooming in and out and moving the image around. However, if you want to get real fancy and create your own, that fits perfectly, make sure the dimension of the image is 1252 x 626.

Step 4 – Upload your ‘Background’ image. I’ve decided to make mine just a plain background focused on my brand colors, but you can include any image here.

Step 5 – Fix up your regular text and link text colors.

Step 6 – Important: Click the ‘Save Changes’ button, otherwise you’ll have to start all over again!

Step 7 – Upload your updated profile (headshot) photo. This is not required all the time, but as I normally have a white background on my profile image, I’ve updated it to match the new Header image, to make it blend in a little better.

Step 8 – Click ‘Save Changes’ and then click on the ‘Me’ tab in the top menu to see your new Twitter profile page in all its glory.

There you go – wasn’t too painful was it…?

Other Cool New Features

Along with the new mobile and tablet versions of the software app itself, and the obvious design changes, Twitter profiles now also have a more ‘visual’ look in general, showing off your images in a more clearer way, as well as displaying content from within tweets themselves – no need for additional browser tabs to open, etc.

I’m actually yet to update my iPad app version and check it out, but as a pretty solid Twitter follower I’m looking forward to seeing how it runs as the last one was pretty crappy, if I’m to be totally honest.

Why You Need to Be Using Twitter

Some people don’t understand what Twitter can bring to their branding efforts and business in general. Myself included, when I first started using it.

But the fact is that the micro-blogging service is used extensively by millions around the world every single day. That’s huge! And once you get past all the stupid posts about what people had for breakfast, and how big their dog is getting, you have the ability to act in real-time – fast – on developing trends and news stories, as well as the opportunity to help and inspire people by answering questions, joining in on discussions and generally building up a platform for yourself to be found and heard.

It’s not Facebook – but, Twitter is definitely here to stay and I for one love the fact that whenever I tweet something out onto my stream, that over 46,000 people (currently!) get the opportunity to see what I’m talking about… Just awesome!

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Please do let me know what you thought in the comment section below – I’d love to hear your feedback. See you soon!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

steve wyman September 19, 2012 at 11:35

Thanks for the update. neat.

Added to my list of tasks in producteev so will do this later this week :-)



Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 12:27

Nice, Steve.

Glad to help out…



Peggy DeKay September 19, 2012 at 11:53

Hi Chris, Love the new post on updating your Twitter branding. I too was working on my header background. Can’t wait to try something new. I have been more of a LindedIn fan but I have been experimenting with Twitter and I am growing more fond of it by the day. Thanks so much for the post. Love your new background.


Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 12:27

Hi Peggy

Awesome. Yep – I like LinkedIn for CERTAIN things… But, Twitter is just so fast and easy for me, especially on mobile devices… I think you’ll agree once you get going with it.

Let me know how you go, okay?



Tim September 19, 2012 at 12:15

Whats the weird double headshot that appears when you look at your profile on a phone?


Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 12:26

Yep – just seen that one… I think it must be a dimension thing – we’ll get it sorted out soon…

Thanks for the feedback, Tim.



Martin Howard September 19, 2012 at 12:25

Hi Chris, Great post, clear instructions for updating your Twitter branding. I will definitely share this with others. Your new site looks cool too!


Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 12:29

Great, Martin.

Appreciate the support and thanks!



Pascal Fintoni September 19, 2012 at 12:50

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the post, very timely. What are the dimensions you would recommend for the header and background images?




Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 22:28

Hi P

Header image is 1252 x 626.

Background should be at least 1280×1024 pixels in size and preferably larger.

Hope that helps.



Bernd September 19, 2012 at 13:55

Hey Chris,

That’s good news. Just need to work on a new header. Thanks for sharing that new information about twitter that quickly in text and video form. Cheers Bernd


Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 22:29

Hi Bernd

Great to hear you enjoyed the tutorial.

Stay tuned for more.



Thomas @ Mobile App Tycoon September 19, 2012 at 20:19

Twitter following right along in Facebook’s steps with the new header photo. Really cool opportunities to play around with and utilize branding more. Thanks for the tutorial!



Chris C. Ducker September 19, 2012 at 22:32

Absolutely, Thomas. Exciting stuff.

Times are changing – still. And as business owners it’s important we jump on board and enjoy the benefits!

Glad you enjoyed the post.



Ningsang September 20, 2012 at 05:37

Thanks for sharing Chris!!
Been using Twitter a few years now but was not aware of it.Time to update.


Chris C. Ducker September 20, 2012 at 08:06

Don’t beat yourself up about it too much, buddy…

They updated things a few days back – so you’re not THAT behind!



Joel Clough September 20, 2012 at 07:15

Awesome guide Chris; just took it and slammed it into action :)

BIG congrats on the relaunch too! Absolutely love the new site.


Chris C. Ducker September 20, 2012 at 08:06

Slam it, Joel – slam it! :-)

Saw your profile, looks sweet. Nice work…

Appreciate the kind words on the site – aiming to please, brotha.



Sean Davis September 20, 2012 at 13:02

How useful is this? Thanks a ton, Chris. I just updated my Twitter profile and I think it looks pretty damn good! Quick and easy video. Thanks, man.


Chris C. Ducker September 21, 2012 at 14:00

Awesome, Sean.

Glad to be of help and thanks for the mentions on Twitter… Much appreciated. You were RT’d a fair few time!

Quick and EASY – love it. Thats what its all about.



Susan Guinto September 21, 2012 at 02:06

Haven’t really appreciated Twitter that much before, ‘coz I always find myself drowning in other people’s endless personal updates, But you’re right Chris, found some great people on Twitter who share their gems of thought. ‘Guess it really just needs some getting used to, and some patience as well.
Great guide here… made me think about re-designing my Twitter profile soon. :)


Chris C. Ducker September 21, 2012 at 13:59

Hi Susan

Personal updates and ‘opinions’ are one issue of Twitter. But, that also adds some kind of ‘benefit’, too, because people are more likely to be free with their comments, etc., if they are quick to type out and hit send! :-)

But, you’re right – there are some great people to follow on Twitter, too,

Glad you’re gonna update your profile, because of my guide – thats awesome!



Ricardo Caicedo September 27, 2012 at 18:50

Thanks for the post, I just finished updated my twitter profile!
I like your new blog, I’ll be reading it from now on.


Chris C. Ducker September 27, 2012 at 22:40

Awesome, Ricardo – happy to have helped.

Look forward to conversing with you more in the future.



Steve October 9, 2012 at 08:05

Just recently I forced myself to really dig into Twitter and ended up writing a guide on it for my site. I also got my profile updated, tweaked it properly and started using it as I should. You have some great suggestions on profiles and I highly recommend readers pay attention.

Twitter can be a huge benefit to your blog.


Chris C. Ducker October 10, 2012 at 09:39

That’s great, Steve.

Gotta stay current, buddy, thats for sure.

Thanks for dropping by.



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