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When you first set up your Twitter account, you’ll get a default background: a little bird and some clouds on a pale blue background. It’s very sweet! But in your business needs an online face as much as it needs an offline face. Your background is a chance to tell your followers who you are, what your business is about and how you want to help them – note HELP not ‘sell to’ (more about that next week!). At ClearCut Web Solutions, we thoroughly enjoy putting together Twitter backgrounds, but we also know that you might like to try it yourself. Here’s how:

Either use your company’s logo, or trawl the royalty-free photo websites to find a image or picture that best represents you and/or your business. Photobucket.com is a good starting point, as is ‘creative commons’ on flickr.com. If you can pay for an image try shutterstock.com. Picture searching can be a bit of a time-hole, so try to be specific on your search terms. When you download your perfect image, select the largest option so it doesn’t look fuzzy when it hits the big screen.

Use your computer’s photo editing software or download a graphics editing software like Adobe Photoshop. There are many lots of free photo editing programs that you can download. Paint.net is very similar to Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Paint, but I find it easier to use because it allows me to manipulate a lot more. Set your image print size to 14.50 inches wide by a of 11.00 inches high, so the page layout will cover your computer screen – and, so, fill Twitter on any browser.

Fiddle around with your image: maybe added some text, crop it or change it to suit maybe your contact details – be imaginative and take your time. Name your file and save it as a .gif, .jpg, or .png file. It must be no bigger than 800k, or it’ll be too big to upload to Twitter.

When everything is ready, go to http://twitter.com/settings/design to upload to Twitter. Hit ‘change background image’. Hit ‘browse’ and find your background image file. Hit ‘save changes’ to upload your background image file. Done. Go to your Twitter page and admire your handiwork.

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