Millions of photos are uploaded to Twitter every single day. It is apparent that people really enjoy sharing and retweeting quotes, memes, and images of their meals, children, pets, and projects!
But, before you throw yourself into the fray, here are some tips on how to post pix like a pro.
There are many free photo editing and graphic design tools that can be accessed online without downloading, subscribing, or making a purchase. My favorite for editing is PicMonkey and my favorite for design is Canva.
Both offer their users blank templates to use, nifty filters, fonts, and filigrees and Canva goes a step further by saving your in-progress and recent designs.
Nothing looks more amateur than a Twitter image post that is cuts off half of someone’s face or the most important part of the text shown. If you aren’t using one of the preset templates for Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter that PicMonkey and Canva offer, consider making a mental note of the following Twitter-friendly dimensions for image posting.
Always use your own images if you can—it looks more authentic to viewers who may be bombarded and desensitized by images all day. If you don’t have an image of what you need, you can find royalty free images online. Besides Google’s treasure trove of sparkly free images, you can find Creative Commons images on Flickr and on Wikimedia.
Once you are familiar with PicMonkey and Canva, your confidence may lead you to layer images with text! Don’t resist. This is how memes are born.
Use Google’s Advanced Search to customize “usage rights.” You can select from the following options:
Not filtered by license
Free to use or share
Free to use or share, even commercially
Free to use, share, or modify
Free to use, share, or modify, even commercially
Making a Twitter-friendly meme is not rocket science, but coming up with a witty 120 – 140 character tweet can break the strongest among us. So take a deep breath, And get to creating! That’s it in a nutshell: Easy peasy.
Make sure your images show up in the Twitter stream by using organizing tools like Tweetdeck. Unfortunately, Hootsuite, which also allows for scheduling posts, will not display your images. Since the proverbial picture is worth a thousand words (or in the case of Twitter, 20 characters), you want those pix to pop!