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How You Can Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Changes

twitter profileSo, did you get your new Twitter profile yet? Because yes, of course, Twitter has once again changed up everything. If you haven’t seen it yet (it’s been rolling out slowly, but is now available to all), go ahead and get it here.

We could spend an hour discussing how the new profile looks remarkably like Facebook; while it might seem like a blatant rip-off, it actually makes some good business sense as this Wired article by Issie Lapowsky highlights. So I’m not going to go there today, nor am I going to lament how annoying it is when websites change things. They do, and they did, and now it’s time to make use of it.

So let’s chat about some of the awesome new features and how to make the best use of them.

The Giant Cover Photo

That’s a big photo. It’s 1,500 pixels wide and 500 pixels tall. That’s a whole lot of geography to fill and unlike Facebook, there’s now “only 20 percent text” rules to worry about. You can pack that space with information about you, your sites, your company, your skills, or anything else your heart desires. It’s pretty cool.

But unfortunately, just because you’re given all that space doesn’t mean that everyone will see it. Mobile viewers and some browser will crimp that space, so choose your image carefully. Luckily, the awesome Dresden of Creating Motherhood made this handy guide that helps.

twitter cover photo guide

When I made my cover photo, I placed just a small amount of text in that center section, but on my iPhone my face is smack dab in the middle of that text section even though it looks great on a computer, so bear that in mind.

Pinned Tweets

Just like you can pin a post to the top of the updates in a Facebook group, you can now pin a tweet to the top of your profile. This is an interesting feature and can be helpful if you’re promoting something in particular or are proud of an accomplishment. But I’ll confess I don’t visit Twitter.com directly that often (I primarily manage Twitter using Tweetdeck on my desktop computer), and I didn’t see the pinned tweet on my profile on either the mobile app or via a mobile browser.

Clean Up Your Follower List

I’ve been wanting to clean up the list of people I follow (I really don’t need to follow all those baby advice folks, after all, my kid is seven), and in the old Twitter system it wasn’t that easy to see some info, like who is following you back important info for those folks that artificially inflate their followers by following then un-following folks (drives me nuts; marketing gurus, knock it off, would ya?). While there are some great third party tools you can use for this, I’ve never had much luck with them because of my large number of followers and people I follow, plus it limits how many folks you can unfollow from third party sites. Now I can easily scroll through names, see who’s following me, and clean it up.

What do you think of the new Twitter profile changes? Anything you like or dislike?

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