What Use is a Twitter Background?

Just the other day, a blog design client purchased a package that included a free Twitter background. Here’s what she said: I don’t need a Twitter background since I use an app.

With the variety of third-party Twitter applications promising to make your Twitter life easier (with some even giving you the option to schedule tweets), many of us rarely even visit the actual Twitter website.

So why have a custom Twitter background, you ask? Well, if you’re like me, then you still use the Twitter website. And for me, I like to see a background I designed when I visit a website I love. But the thing is, I don’t need to see the background. I know its there. So. That pretty Twitter background that matches your blog and/or has information on where to find you, a little more about you, or how to contact you? Its not for you. Its for everyone but you.

Your blog most likely has links leading to other places to find you, such as Twitter, Facebook, and the like. When a person visits your blog and follows the link to your Twitter page, they’ll see your background with whatever information you’ve got on it.

And now you’re saying: Uh, they can already see it on my blog.

Of course. But as a blogger, you’re trying to market your blog in every way possible. Why on Earth would you pass on a free opportunity?

And let me give you another reason. Let’s say you follow someone. And let’s face it – that someone has no idea you exist. When he/she tweets, you reply. Out of curiosity (and there are bound to be curious people), they click on your Twitter handle. That’s when your catchy, flashy, promo Twitter background will come into play. And if they like what they see, they will for sure visit your blog, website, or media outlet.

Of course, some people will always Twitter backgrounds are pointless. But look at it this way: installing a background is free (although you would pay for a custom one), so why not? Like I said, its free promotion for those of us looking for every way to market our blogs.

And guess what? I’ve got some goodies for you! Feel free to use a photo-editing software (Gimp and Pixlr are free) to add your blog name, URL, and any other suitable information. I would appreciate if you spread the word – and drop me a comment if you use one of them :)

Just click to open the larger image and right click to save. Go to Twitter.com, click on Settings, and install your new background!


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Victoria Scott

    March 19, 2012

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    Victoria Scott

    March 19, 2012

    Great idea, and very well said. Love the backgrounds!

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    March 19, 2012

    I hadn't thought of it that way before. I'm going to give some serious though to getting a background made…at some point. Thank you for the tip! :]

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    Arianne Cruz

    March 19, 2012

    cute… i want one that matches my blog.. but im too lazy to figure it out and i don't want to ask the blogger that did my blog design for free lol

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    March 19, 2012

    This is great! You're awesome!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    March 19, 2012

    Smart! I can understand the appeal.

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    Nina Reed

    March 19, 2012

    I have been meaning to make myself a Twitter background to match my blog for a long time now, but never seem to get around to it. Thanks for the little kick behind, now I'll actually do it!:)

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    March 19, 2012

    I never thought of how it might be important way to market myself! Thanks for the tip! And the awesome goodies :)

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    March 21, 2012

    Well said. I love the backgrounds

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    March 24, 2012

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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    Nicci @ Paper Dreams

    April 20, 2012

    These are gorgeous, snagging one to use on my Twitter!

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    IT Support London

    January 12, 2013

    An awesome blog giving so much knowledge and very keen regarding learning. Keep it up well done.