Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > The Basics > What should I put in the header photo? How big should it be?
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Twitter recently announced their new design for user profiles, including a large cover photo.
How big should this image be?
Recommended dimensions for this cover photo:
1500 pixels wide and 500 pixels high
BUT keep in mind that parts of this cover image are going to be covered up or possibly not seen when viewed on a mobile device.
The New Twitter Header Dimensions - by Pauline Cabrera. Includes a template, which includes marked areas that won't show up on mobile devices.
How To Add A Twitter Header Photo - by Jason Boog on Mediabistro.
For details on how to change or remove your profile or header photo, see Twitter's page about Customizing Your Profile.
What should I put in this header image?
This is an individual choice. For my current header, I opted to include a sample of an illustration from a recent book plus covers:
To those posting images: before you post someone else's photos or illustrations, make sure you are not infringing on someone else's copyright. If you're posting your own images, I strongly encourage you to add a small copyright notice somewhere on the image, just in case the image is copies and posted elsewhere. I usually try to include my URL and/or Twitter handle as well as my name.
Last updated on May 30, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi