There are many things to do to your Twitter layout to make it better for human consumption. Here are a few tips and tricks that should help you design-wise along the way πŸ™‚

First of all, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of creating a full scaled Twitter background, I don’t blame you, it can be a major #PITA–there are so many screen types and sizes you will have to account for so it’s honestly not the worst idea in the world to do a Google Search for some free Twitter backgrounds. You can also get some free patterns and color palette ideas from COLOURlovers by Themeleon.

So moving on to your Twitter profile picture size.. It’s ideal to have a photo that’s square that’s maxxed at 500 x 500 pixels.. I suggest this number is your baseline. You’re totally welcome to upload a much higher quality photo; just keep in mind it’s going to crop it to a square. Your Twitter profile photo size will change to 73 x 73 pixels when someone’s just glancing at your profile, before they click the image to enlarge it. Also, when your photos is viewed in the home stream, you should also take note that it will resize itself to 48 x 48 pixels.

When you’re uploading any photo to the web, please remember to SEO (Search Engine Optimize, for all you newbies) the name of the file. Don’t just upload “IMG0069,” because that’s not going to ever help Google point potential searchers to your photo.

Now let’s think about your Twitter header image. Your header image should be 520 x 260 pixels. You should remember that there are certain places where your profile picture and Twitter bio content are going to be sitting.

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Fill out the short form below for a free download for your own custom Twitter header. If you’d like to receive the Adobe Illustrator file, please Tweet meΒ or leave a comment below and I’ll send it right over personally πŸ™‚

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So that’s about it for the design… Why don’t youΒ email me if you’d like to chat about perfecting your Twitter bio πŸ™‚

Updated 10/27! Here’s an article from Mashable that will give you some direction when it comes down to your Bio. Please let me know in the comments section if you have any further resources you’d like to share!