In case you didn’t know, Twitter has made another big update to its app for iPad, as well as for iPhone and Android. The update brings long-awaited consistency to the Twitter experience across mobile devices.
One neat thing for bloggers is that Twitter’s now devoting much more visual real estate to images in your profile. With this latest update, you can add a larger “header image” with your traditional Twitter avatar placed in the center. Much like the background design you can customize on Twitter.com, this update lets you do a better job of branding yourself via mobile devices. Here’s how you do it:
Before getting started, make sure you’ve updated your device with the newest version of the Twitter app that was released this week.
1. Log into your Twitter app.
2. Touch the “Me” icon. This is where you access your profile and settings. Before you update, the interface will look like this – with a small picture of your current avatar.
3. Touch the little gear icon and then select “edit profile.”
4. Here’s where you can select a new header image or avatar photo. To add a header, simply press the “header” area on the edit profile screen.
5. Now, here’s where it gets a bit clunky. You can either take a photo with your device and immediately upload it to your Twitter header, or choose an existing photo from your photo stream. If the photo’s not in your photo stream, you can’t use it on Twitter from your mobile device. Currently, there’s no way to use regular Twitter.com to upload a header and have it display on your mobile device (not good on Twitter’s part).
6. Hit save and you’re good to go. Since most of my good photos don’t reside on my iPad, I had to grab a couple of shots I had taken with my iPad, make a collage in Photogene, save that to my photo stream and use that as my header. It’s not perfect – I plan to take some better shots with this Twitter page in mind – but for now, I’m good with it.
Now, get tweeting!