10 Best Twitter Cover (Header) Photos And How To Add our Own

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There’s no use hiding it. The secrets out.

I am the new host of American Idol.

Twitter Profile Siv Rauv

Did I fool you? Probably not.

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As you might have suspected (you smart cookie), this is my new Twitter cover photo.

In case you haven’t heard, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo went on NBC’s Today announcing updates to the Twitter profile layout, a new iPad app and improved iPhone and Android apps.

Twitter is clearly following in the footsteps of Facebook Timeline by introducing cover photos. It’s officially called a header photo, but I prefer to call it as I see it: an imitation of the Facebook cover photo.

Today‘s website explains:

“What’s the biggest change? There’s now a huge header image that runs across the top, sort of like the banner image that Facebook users have on their timelines. The page itself has been reoriented to play up other visuals as well: Your avatar is no longer tucked in the corner, but will display front and center. The photo stream, too, has been moved up, and will now be accessible on the apps”.

Not sure what photo you should use?

To help you along, here are 10 of the best Twitter cover photos I’ve seen so far.


Twitter profile Split It


Twitter Photo The Barista Bar


Twitter Photo Organik SEO


(I think he stole my background).

Twitter Photo Ryan Seacrest


Twitter profile Wolfgang Puck


Twitter profile Problogger


Twitter Photo Josh Fjelsatd


Twitter Photo Alex Mizrahi


Twitter Photo Joao Paulo Rosman

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Twitter Photo Garrett Gee

Want to customize your Twitter photo like @garrettgee? He’s created an awesome photoshop template free to download: Custom Twitter Header Photo Photoshop Template.

If you’re wondering how to add your own photo, simply follow the instructions below.

How to add a cover photo (a.k.a. header photo)

1. Click the gear icon in the top right corner. From the drop-down menu that appears, click ‘Settings.’

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2. On the left hand side you’ll see various tabs, click on ‘Design.’

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3. Scroll down the page and you’ll see the ‘Customize your own’ section. Click on ‘Change header’. Make sure you photo is within 1200×600 and under 5MB.

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4. Now you simply choose the image from your computer you want to upload. You can zoom in and out using the slider, or click and drag the photo in different directions. When you’re happy with the image, click ‘Save’.

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And voilà! You now have a cover photo.

SocialMotus Twitter Profile

It’s as simple as that!

Before you run off and add a cover photo, make sure it is a good reflection of the brand image you want to project.

I choose the photo above because it captures our company culture: Word hard and support your team while having fun along the way.

This was actually the first time our company was involved in the 14km City2Surf race, the biggest running event in Sydney! It was amazing according to my colleagues who braved the winter cold to run at 9am on a Sunday. I unfortunately was sick. Note to self: photoshop an image of my head onto the Gorilla later.

Seen any great cover photos? Share them in the comments below!

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