Pimping Out Your Twitter Profile Background

December 17th, 2008

Pimp out twitterDid you know that pimping out your Twitter profile background can help your personal branding and marketing efforts? Don’t get the wrong idea of my term “pimping”. I do not mean that I am partaking in any kind of arrangement and opportunities for sexual intercourse with a prostitute. In the first years of the 21st century, a new meaning of the word has emerged in the form of a transitive verb which means “to decorate” or “to gussy” – mostly derived from “Pimp my Ride” show on TV. (source: Wikipedia: Pimp)

I am surprised to see so many active users that still have the default twitter blue background and others that don’t use the space at all. It’s such shame more people don’t take advantage of the advertising real estate they have. That space is all yours, so take advantage of it for personal or even business branding!

I want to point out, even before pimping out your twitter background, it’s important to put a url in your twitter profile. I have seen the url field being ignored many times, especially by Twitter newbies and some thank me for reminding them to add in that bit of information. You have to understand that people may be interested in what you are saying on twitter and will want to find out more about you or where you work. But if you don’t have a url to click through to, they may never learn more about you. If you are a blogger or have a company website put it in. Don’t have a blog or website? Insert your LinkedIn or Facebook profile link (I’m starting to see that a lot more now). I like to pimp out my twitter profile page with additional contact information on my background image and there are a lot of others that are doing it as well. Here’s some tips from Twitter Survival Guide on how to make your profile page even better:

  • Your Twitter home page is the first thing people see when they access your Twitter profile. Make it memorable by differentiating yourself from the rest. This can be achieved by changing your background color, or even uploading an image of your own. You can also change the color scheme of your Twitter updates and profile information boxes.
  • If you are using Twitter as a platform for promoting yourself or your business, you could custom design a background that displays all your pertinent information on the left side of the screen, similar to a Twitter-specific business card design. If you are not a Photoshop expert, there are a number of services and sites that will create a custom background for you like Twitbacks; many are independent marketing and SEO specialists, while others like Tweetstyle have built a business around bettering your Twitter experience.
  • If you decide to do it yourself, a good place to start is with Twitterbacks.com, where Jim Kukral is both offering Adobe Photoshop starter templates and collecting from Flickr shots of “twitterbacks” others have done.

Here’s some samples of pimped out backgrounds:

www.twitter.com/shannonyelland (below: mine of course!)

twitter background

www.twitter.com/marismith (below)

twitter background

www.twitter.com/soundcity (below)

twitter background

Want to learn more about twitter? The Twitter Survival Guide (90-page ebook, ) co-authored by Bob Walsh and Kristen Nicole, will tell you about the proper etiquette that goes along with building your Twitter brand, and offers a wealth of hints, tips and tricks on how to use Twitter to achieve your goals.

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2 Responses to “Pimping Out Your Twitter Profile Background”

  1. My Top Ten Takeaways From BlogWorld and New Media Expo | Seed The Web on October 27, 2009 9:54 am

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