Make Frequent Changes to Keep Your Twitter Profile Fresh
Changing things more frequently can help keep your profile looking fresh, especially if you’re an exceptionally active Twitter user. Here are a few reasons why Twitter users change profile photos:
Holidays: Using a profile photo with a red hat, bunny ears, or clown makeup can make your page look more festive during holidays, such as Christmas, Halloween, or Purim.
Special events: When you’re attending a special event, celebrating a birthday, or graduating from college, using a profile photo that includes a graduation cap, birthday hat, or other prop can help you share the excitement with your followers.
Changing your look: If you get a new haircut or otherwise change the way you look, updating your profile to reflect your appearance helps keep you recognizable when you meet people in real life.
Sports: Adding your team colors or wearing a team jersey or baseball cap is a great way to show you’re a fan. Adding a black stripe across your photo can signify that you’re in mourning if your favorite sports team loses.
Seasons: Using a photo of yourself in a winter hat or your amazing new sunglasses can help illustrate the changing seasons.
Although changing your profile image once in a while is good practice, don’t risk losing the attention of your followers just to look up-to-date. When you change your profile picture, make sure that your face is still recognizable. Remember that a lot of people scan Twitter, looking for messages from their friends.
If you look radically different because you use a profile image that makes it hard to recognize you — such as a moody close-up of just your eyes, a picture of a flower, or a cartoon character — your followers may not be able recognize you, and they may scroll right past your valuable words of wisdom.
If a special event seems to warrant changing your photo to something your followers won’t easily recognize, make sure that you alert your friends to the fact that you have a new look. Consider posting a tweet explaining why you chose the image.