I love Twitter, and have been tweeting since 2012. I’m here to help your tweets stand out from the crowd. And by “crowd,” I mean the estimated 500 million tweets sent per day. The easiest way to do that? Add a great visual.
Hot Tip: The easiest way to do this is to add a gif to your tweet. Gifs are magical little visuals because they hit the sweet spot of (a) being a visual, (b) having movement, and (c) showing an emotion.
When you want to tweet about something you created (e.g., report, blog post), then I recommend you create your own visual. Spend some time creating your own design style or brand, so you establish consistency across your images. Create a template so all you have to do is change the wording and/or a photo.
Case Study: Here is the twitter template I use for my blog posts. I created a canvas that follows the Twitter dimensions (which change over time, so I just Google it first). I use fonts in a similar way, place the same type of info (e.g., title, photo attribution) in the same place, and alternate between my 4 branding colors (which are transparent shapes so the text is easy to read). I use photos of real people, and I try to match the emotion to the title as much as I can.
Rad Resource: You probably already have the software you need to make visuals: PowerPoint or Keynote! The above visuals were made using Adobe Illustrator, and you could use something just as specialized. But I learned how to make visuals using shapes in Keynote. Simply (1) choose a 16:9 slide size (or custom size, if you want); (2) use shapes (or icons you find online) and multiple text boxes to create the design you want; and (3) export that slide as an image. That’s how I made this and it took me about 2 minutes (and if you want this slide to copy, see below!):
The slide dimensions don’t adhere to the Twitter specifications exactly, but because it’s widescreen it still fits well. Here is what it looked like when I tweeted it. Which of the following tweets do you think was the most eye catching (hint: it’s this tweet)?
- Get the Powerpoint or Keynote literacy template, here. Feel free to copy/paste to fit with your evaluation topics!
- For ideas on how to create a consistent style/brand, check out Ann K. Emery & Denise Roosendaal’s AEA 365 post here.
- This may sound surprising, but the skills involved with creating Twitter visuals are the same skills involved with creating visual presentations. Bonus! If you’re tweeting about a presentation, then you can export your visual slides and use them as a twitter visual! To work on your slide design skills, check out my free course: Countdown to Stellar Slides.
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