Category: Twitter

New Twitter Layout: What You Need to Know

New Twitter Layout: What You Need to Know | Biannual Blogathon Bash

New Twitter Layout: What You Need to Know | Biannual Blogathon Bash

Twitter unveiled it’s new profile recently and the new twitter layout makes it more consistent with other social media such as Facebook, Google+ and even Instagram which all feature a large wide cover image across the top. That’s not the only difference though.

I love the look of the whole profile, especially how all my important about information is featured to the left. I was excited to have a bigger canvas for a header image and whipped up a cover image for now that features who I am as well as all four of my main blogs. However I had some trouble with the resolution. You can see on my actual profile that the image doesn’t look as sharp as it should. It looks right on my computer but when it’s uploaded, twitter changes the resolution on me.

New Twitter Layout - What You Need to Know | Biannual Blogathon Bash

New Twitter Layout Features

  • Larger cover image (1500×500 but not all of it is visible after upload (bottom cuts off) and the profile image covers part of it as above)
  • Larger profile image (400×400)
  • About information in left sidebar under image including join date
  • Quickly see # of tweets, photos/videos, follower numbers and favourites. If you click on more you can see lists.
  • Tweets that have received more engagement are shown in bigger font
  • The ability to pin a tweet to the top of your feed to showcase it.
  • The ability to view tweets only or tweets and replies.

What You Need to Know About the Header Image

I chose to go with an informational image but you may not want to do that as the image shows up differently in different places. I may be changing my header in the near future. When you are on the main twitter page, the layout is however you had it originally (I had chose this background before) and your header image shows up really small behind your face and cut off in the top left corner. Of course only you see this anyways.

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On mobile your profile image has a different spot which makes my layout not look as good as a photograph or generic background would look. Keep this in mind when designing your image since many people access twitter from a mobile device.

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What Does This Mean for Me?

New twitter profiles are rolling out over the next little while so if you don’t have one yet, you will soon. Start giving some thought to your images now.

  • Think about how you use favourite tweets right now. If you don’t favourite any or favourite most tweets, you might want to reconsider. They are on display more so you might want to refocus how you favourite.
  • Consider what tweet you might want to pin to showcase it. If you decide to pin a time sensitive tweet, make sure to come back to unpin it or your account will look out of date and like it’s not important to you.
  • Make sure your about section is up to date (and if you are a blogger, please consider adding that word to your bio. Many of us will follow a blogger at the drop of a hat but if you don’t put it in your bio, we might miss that you are a blogger.)

Tell Me: Do you have the new profile yet? Do you like the look of it?

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Guest Post: Tweet Like a Star

Tweet Like a StarWhy do people go crazy over reality shows about the lives of stars and celebrities? Why do artists have so many followers on their Twitter? Why do they have so many Facebook fans? Social networks made it possible for fans to reach out to their idols and favorite stars in a very convenient and easy way. Just think. Who is your favorite celebrity? If he or she replied to your Facebook post, wouldn’t it bring a smile to your face? Wouldn’t you brag about it to your friends and family? Conversing with their favorite stars gives fans a certain high. If you are a business owner and you manage several social networking accounts, you must learn to post or tweet like you’re a star.

Be interesting

Fans are interested in their favorite celebrities’ lives that is why they follow them. They want to learn the latest news, the latest marriage or breakup, they even want to know the products that they use to remain beautiful. The same way applies to your business. Your customers follow you because they believe in your brand. They want to know the latest events and the latest product offerings.

Be human

Even if you schedule posts, be sure to be sincere. Don’t try to make them look spontaneous because people will know. Try to post the current news about your company as they happen. For other information that can be scheduled, set a time each week to plan ahead.  

Reply

Replying to your customers is a great way to keep them engaged and keep them interested in your brand. From time to time, try to make good conversation with them. It humanizes the whole experience. They know that someone from your company is willing to listen to them and answer them when they have a question.

Think

You know that saying think before you speak? The same applies to social media. You should think before you tweet or hit the publish button. Ask yourself if it is worth saying or if people will be interested or if it will hurt someone. If you’ve been hurt or offended by someone, try to control your emotions. Don’t just lash out to them. This is a war that you can’t win because the media is like that. No matter how hard you explain your side, there will always be people who will not believe you.  Don’t argue with someone over Twitter or Facebook. Try to fix the issue in a private manner.

Treat people with respect and they will surely be loyal to you. Make a serious effort to reply to their messages and you will surely have customers to last you a lifetime.

 

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Buying Twitter Followers–Just Say No

Buying Followers is dishonest

By now many people have heard about the Status People web app that determines if your twitter followers are fake.

I briefly contemplated buying followers way back when I had 500 followers and I wanted to get the bigger review opportunities. I quickly realized though that it was stupid, dishonest and unethical and I didn’t want to do that. I wanted real followers and I don’t like doing things “wrong.” Ask my husband, he calls me his good girl. I find lots of things morally wrong that he considers okay sometimes.

You can read more about the buying follower trend over at MamaNYC’s post: Five Finds Friday: The Buying Twitter Followers Trend.

I just wanted to say… JUST SAY NO!!

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