Twitter Background Size: Making the Most out of Your Twitter Background

March 21, 2011 2 min read

Twitter, like Facebook is a wonderful tool for businesses to use to communicate, build their brand and market to customers and potential customers alike. With Twitter you can create a custom background on your profile page that will work wonders for your business.

If you’ve had a Twitter account for a while, then chances are that your Twitter background (if custom made) is no longer the best. This is because Twitter just made changes in September to the site. Included in these changes were changes to the Twitter background size. Backgrounds that once appeared flawless are probably not sized correctly anymore. If you’re new to Twitter the Twitter background size will be important for you to know as you create your profile. Today, we’re here to help you with Twitter background sizes so you can get the most out of your Twitter background.

Twitter Background Size: Width

Unfortunately when Twitter made changes to the site it made the actual area available for businesses to create Twitter backgrounds significantly smaller. Twitter background size available for you to work with is 1040 pixels wide. But it’s more complicated than just that. The amount of background seen by your viewers depends greatly on the resolution and browser window of the computer they are using.

To ensure that everyone, no matter their computer can see your entire Twitter background you only have 41 pixels on each side to work with. This is rather small. If you want more room to create your background, then go ahead and use 108 pixels on each side. Just know that at this dimension, only viewers using a computer with a screen resolution of 1280×800 or higher will be able to see your entire Twitter background. That equals out to about 72 percent of users.

Twitter Background Size: Additional Information

There are a couple of other things to consider when dealing with Twitter background size. There is a top toolbar that is 40 pixels wide and goes the length of the page, plus there is a 20-pixel space between this toolbar and the beginning of the columns. Your creative design will not be allowed to interfere with this.

Finally, regarding Twitter background size, on your Twitter profile you have your timeline and then a column to the right of it. This column has opacity of 75 percent, which means that it is slightly see-through. The color that you choose for this column and the background image you use will influence how readable the items in this column actually are.  

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