I've been noticing custom backgrounds on Twitter that include a personal picture and information you would find on a business card. I thought it would be a cool thing to have - and actually found a website that will design one for you. The catch is that it costs about $25.
I decided to give it a shot myself and was shocked at how simple it actually was. Here's what I came up with after 10 minutes. Not a fnished product by any means - I'll definitely be making tweaks and changes now that I know how easy it is. But not bad for 10 minutes.
FYI - I used my Macbook. Sorry PC folks....do some searching on Google. I'm sure it is just as easy.
First, I created a templet in Keynote with a box outlining the area (as close as I could) where status updates show up on the Twitter page. From both the top and left point of view. In other words, you'll want the top of your pic or text to line up with the top of the box and pushed all the way to the left. Same goes for the right, if you want to add anything on that side.
Download Twitter Background Templet. (Or just make your own.)
Second, I went to Shift Creative's library of free stock images to find my background. Go here to check out over 800 free images.
After I selected my image and drug it into keynote, it was simply a matter of dragging in a pic from iPhoto and adding some text.
Keep in mind that what you see in Keynote will show up much larger once you upload it to Twitter. Zoom in as close as you can.
When you are ready to upload it and see what it looks like, export from Keynote as a JPEG. The file must be less than 800k. If it is over this, export again and decrease the quality to 50%.
Then simply log into twitter, settings, design, and upload your picture. It took me 3 tries to get everything the right size.
Since this is a JPEG, different computer monitors may cut off part of your text. This is why it is important to push everything all the way to the left. I don't see cutting off a couple of letters of text as that big of a deal. If you do, use a small font size and never extend it past your pic.
I'm sure the $25 version would have been prettier, but I'll stick with free and simple. Should have done this over 2 years ago when I started using Twitter.
If you make one, or have made one, send me the link so I can check it out.