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Tutorial - Create a Highly Customized Twitter Experience!
[box color="purple-vibrant" type="square" icon="help"]TUTORIAL - Create a Highly Customized Twitter Experience![/box] It's Wednesday and that means its Tutorial Day! Today we will go in depth on Twitter and make sure you are all setup and ready to rock out in the Tweetosphere!twitter-icon Thanks to Gina Bell for the suggestion! According to the Twitter 'about' page, Twitter is.... an information network Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. For everything you need to know and plenty of stuff you dont, about Twitter check out the Twitter wiki page here. So do you have your basic account setup already? If you dont have a Twitter account already - here is one of my 'mini-skill' videos to show you how, step by step.....  

How to Set Up Twitter

  Ok let's get down to the nitty grittys shall we? Setting Up Your Account and Customizing Your Page Having a personalized, customized Twitter page can help make your Twitter presence appear more professional, more credible and warmer. People who see customized pages are more likely to spend time looking at the pages, more likely to read your tweets, more likely to pay attention to what you have to say and more likely to follow you. If you’re still using your default Twitter background or if you don’t have your profile picture and bio properly setup, chances are you’re losing followers. Twitter users know that.... [box color="orange-vibrant" type="square" icon="asterisk"]brands who are serious about connecting with their Twitter base have all taken the time to make their feeds look as great as possible. Tweet It![/box]   Here’s everything you need to know about setting up your account and customizing your page. Step 1: Accessing Your Profile To begin to make changes to your profile, go to “View Profile” in the upper left corner of your Twitter main page. 1-Click-View-Profile   Then click on “Edit Profile.” 2-Edit-Profile Step 2: Change Your Profile Picture Your profile picture is the only graphical element you can change in the main window itself. It makes a big difference on how your page as a whole is perceived. Your profile picture should be a head shot, it should be clear, the colors should be sharp and bright and it should appear professional. For brands, using a logo or using a photo that represents your brand (such as a product image) works well. When you’re picking your profile photo, consider what you plan to put in your background as well. Ideally, the profile picture will compliment the background. 3-Choose-File Step 3: Write Your Bio Next, write your bio. The bio goes directly under your name and Twitter account in your main page. Your bio should be descriptive. It should catch people’s attention and get them to read your feed. 4-Bio Below your bio, you can enter a website address. This is the best place to link to your main website. Here’s an example of what your profile photo, bio line and website might look like after it’s complete: Twitter Example Step 4: Switch to Design To change how the rest of your page looks, switch to the design editor. Click “Design” in the left hand side of your “Edit Profile” menu 6-Click-Design Step 5: Choose a Premade Design If you don’t want to make your own design, you can choose from one of the many designs Twitter has available. Using this system is quite simple. Just click on any of the designs to instantly see it in effect. Save the changes to have your Twitter feed instantly updated to the new design. 7-Choose-Premade Step 6: Upload Your Own Design If you want to design something completely from scratch, upload it here. There are a few important things to note for Twitter page designs. First, images justify to the top left. Also, images do not scale out. In other words, you can’t tell Twitter to simply stretch your image to fit the screen. Small images just go to the top left. You have the option of patterning your design across the Twitter page. Just click the “Tile Background” checkbox to use this option. Your image has to be a GIF, JPG or PNG image. Maximum file size is 800 KB. 8-Upload-Your-Own Step 7: Set Your Background & Link Colors If you’re using a smaller image that doesn’t cover the entire background, make sure you set the background color to the same color as your background image. Even if you use a large image, it’s a good idea to set this anyway. Link color changes the hyperlink text color of your Twitter page. This is useful for making your link colors compliment the rest of your design. 9-Background-and-Links Step 8: Using Themeleon Themeleon (http://www.colourlovers.com/themeleon/twitter) is a theme designer that’s recognized and promoted by Twitter. It makes it very easy for users to change up how their Twitter feed looks. To start with Themeleon, just sign in to your Twitter account. 10-Themeleon-Sign-In You can then select the theme you want to use from one of their many choices. 11-Select-Theme Any changes you make will be immediately applied in the preview window. 12-Immediately-Applied Instead of using a background image, you can also just choose a theme color. Again, you’ll see how your profile will look immediately in the preview area. Choosing a theme color changes your border colors, your background colors and your link colors all to complimentary colors. Once your profile looks the way you want it to, click “Save Profile” above the preview area. Because your Twitter account is linked into Themeleon, Themeleon can instantly save the changes to your Twitter profile. 14-Save-Profile Step 9: Downloading More Themes There are dozens of different sites you can get themes from. Just browse Google for free Twitter theme sites. Here are some of the more popular free Twitter theme sites: Twit Backs - http://www.twitbacks.com/ Twit Paper - http://twitpaper.com Twitr Backgrounds - http://www.twitrbackgrounds.com Twitter Gallery - http://www.twittergallery.com Note that some of these sites will add a watermark of their logo to their designs. You can pay between $3 and $15 depending on the site to have the watermark removed. Here are a few popular premium custom Twitter design services. These sites will design a new theme for your profile from scratch, based on your brand, your photos and your color preferences. Social Identities - http://www.socialidentities.com – Premium custom designs for $129. Tweet Xillia - http://tweetxilla.com/ - Has free designs and does custom designs for $95. Twit Art - http://www.twitart.com – Premium custom designs for $79. Downloading a theme is quite simple. Many of these sites will simply plugin to your Twitter account and update it for you. If you need to do a manual install, just download the Twitter background image from the theme site. 15-Download-More-Themes You’ll then need to change the rest of your theme to match the background image. Generally the theme site will provide you with a list of directions on what you need to change. For example: 16-Manual-Install That’s how you change your profile picture, your bio line, your background image and the rest of your profile. You now know everything you need to know to create a highly customized Twitter experience! That will do for now - make sure you just take action on the above and you will have your new Twitter account set up and ready to tweet within a few minutes! As usual - please leave any questions below or send to me at the helpdesk. See you Friday - stay safe till then :) Kym-Robinsons-Blog-Signature           join in the conversation by leaving a comment and if you liked todays post, how about sharing it with your friends? all the buttons are below for your convenience – thanks in advance!

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