TIPS FOR THE BEST TWITTER HEADSHOT

These days it seems that every small business professional has an account on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many other social media sites too. But it’s really hard to stay active on so many social media websites and many of those accounts get neglected. This seems particularly true of Twitter. Many use Twitter as a means to get the latest news and press releases immediately, but don’t necessarily think about the social part of the site. Having a professional photographer create a great headshot specifically for use on Twitter is an easy way to set you apart. In fact, even Twitter agrees.

Twitter offers a guideline for people to follow when selecting pictures for their account. Twitter has always been viewed as more business-like than Facebook, and the profile pictures back that claim up. The guidelines do not have to be followed, but following them leads a person to greater success in life.

WHICH HEADSHOT TO USE

  • Use a Real Picture – this is in response to people who select cartoon graphics of themselves. It also means professionalism is better
  • Small Space – Twitter profile pictures are extremely small, so when selecting a photograph, you will want to have just a headshot uploaded
  • Pictures Enlarge – It is important to that you do not resize your photo, as it will be enlarged when a person clicks on it. Twitter will create thumbnail photos so writers do not have to do anything.
  • Square Photos are Simpler – Twitter has a square box for the profile photo. It is easy to understand, then, why using a square photo was a wise decision. I'll show you how to crop in the next section.
  • No Obscene Photos – Twitter is a family friendly environment. Professional life should stay professional. Flipping the bird and other juvenile photos will not help you in the business field anyway. This is also not the place to share photographs with you scantily dressed.
  • Ask Permission – if you are using a photo that someone else created, make sure you ask permission before using it online. If you are creating a Twitter feed for someone else, make sure you have permission to use her picture on the site.

Ok so you've identified the shot you want to use. Generally they don't come perfectly square so here is a little guide for cropping the image in twitter or another social network. This is just a guide and will give you a well balanced crop but it really comes down to personal taste. Have a look:

HOW TO CROP A HEADSHOT

Ok so you've identified the shot you want to use. Generally they don't come perfectly square so here is a little guide for cropping the image in twitter or another social network. This is just a guide and will give you a well balanced crop but it really comes down to personal taste. Have a look:

 The original size image, upload it like this then follow the crop guide below.

The original size image, upload it like this then follow the crop guide below.

This was the original image as Matt got it. It's a stunning shot and I'm very happy he chose this one. Below is a little look at how I would do the crop to put it on a social network.

 A great example of a good headshot crop for social media.

A great example of a good headshot crop for social media.

This is the final result. It's a well balanced image with the detail in the right spot and some negative space to add drama and interest. See the guide to the right? That's how it should be done :-)

 A general crop guide for social media headshots.

A general crop guide for social media headshots.

The whole square indicates where I would crop it. What's important here is that the closest eye is on one of the third lines and the chin on a horizontal line. Doing it this way will give you a great result. The side of the crop is up to you and depends on the image you choose but generally this is best practice.


So there it is guys. Go try it out with you own images and see what result you get. It's always a great idea to trial new headshots and see what impact it has on your following and your own confidence.

If you need a new headshot, Now's the time to get it done. Give us a call or email to set something up so we can tailor a solution for you.