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How I Designed My New Twitter Background

Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?

I recently redesigned my twitter profile.Glotwitter copy

I have been on twitter for about four months already, but still did not have a twitter profile background image.

Recently, John Chow got a new twitter background from twitterimage. I was reminded that I still had no background image and was inspired to do it.

So, I decided to create one using photoshop as I am quite good at it.

I downloaded John Chow’s background to measure where I should put the details. (To download a background image from a site using firefox, right-click on it and click ‘View background image’)

Next, I got my photo and lassoed out the background (Here’s how to do it). Then, I pasted it onto my twitter background.

To resize it, I dragged the corner of the bounding box while pressing ‘Shift’. This locks the pixels. (Make sure you tick ‘Show Bounding Box’ to show the bounding box.)

Then, I got the social media sites favicons from the Internet, and pasted them there.

I then pasted the title of my blog and the tagline from the header. For more information on how I made them, here’s exactly how I made my blog header.

I then typed in the words using the type tool and arranged them.

Here are the fonts I used for the text:

  • Gloson Blog – Cooper Black
  • Lean online with Gloson – Franklin Gothic Book
  • (www.glosonblog.com), glosonblog.com/facebook, glosonblog.com/stumbleupon, glosont, gloson123@gmail.comGill Sans MT
  • Gloson – Maiandra MD
  • Let’s connect, Contact – Gill Sans MT

I used a plugin called ‘Redirection’ to redirect glosonblog.com/facebook and glosonblog.com/stumbleupon to my accounts.

For the final touch, I used the photoshop gradient tool to give a nice color effect on the background. All I need to do is to select the gradient tool, pick a color, and drag to create the gradient.

I uploaded my twitter background image by going to Settings >> Design >> Change background image.

Then, I tweaked the colors on my profile to match the background (The colors was originally green).

Tada! It was done! And now, I have to get used to it 😛 .

Here’s the link to my twitter background image.

Hope you’ll like it!

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The Fastest Twitter Client

Update 2020: This post is now outdated and archived, but feel free to read it to remember what it was like. ?

Do you know twitter? The most popular mini-blogging website? If you do not know about it, go http://twitter.com and find out!

Have you been using tweetdeck, one of the devices used to connect easily to twitter from your computer? Well, tweetdeck has a number of features, from refreshing itself and notifying you, to switching column places.

But it has one disadvantage, that is, much usage of computer memory. If you are using twitter and want your computer to boost up a bit, twitteroo is for you!

Twitteroo has similar features compared with tweetdeck. One similarity is refreshing itself and notifying you. But twitteroo is much faster compared to tweetdeck.

But twitteroo only shows a column, that is, your timeline, or the public timeline. Here are some features of twitteroo.

  1. Twitteroo also lets you choose how long the notification will stay, and whether to sound or not.
  2. You can also choose the transparency for the main window and the notification.
  3. Notification windows
  4. You can choose how often it refreshes, ranging from one minute to one hour.
  5. You can choose to display the public timeline in the main window, instead of yours.
  6. The links and TinyURL’s are clickable. (Of course.)
  7. There is a link to the twitter-er’s website.
  8. The profile images are cached and therefore need not load again.
  9. And a few more features….

Here’s a screenshot of it.

twitteroo

Color Codes:

Green: Link to twitteroo’s home page.
White: Hides the window.
Red: Profile image and link to twitter profile.
Light Blue: Profile real name.
Brown: Full tweet.
Yellow: Link to twitter’er’s personal website.
Green: Profile user name.
Blue: Tweet preview.
Pink: How long ago the tweet is tweeted.
Purple: Refreshes manually.
Gray: Link to www.rurl.org
Black: Text area for tweet.
Orange: Send tweet.

To close twitteroo, right-click
right click twitteroo
the twitteroo icon in the taskbar and then click ‘Exit’ in order to close the program.
(There are other options there, though.)

If you click settings, this window will appear.
twitteroosettings
That’s where you could modify the settings.
To sign out, simply clear your username and password and click save. However, the tweets would still be visible, but not updated.

So, it’s best to install twitteroo if you have a slow personal computer.

Why not try twitteroo now, and see how you like it?

Unfortunately, twitteroo was not updated for almost a year, according to its blog, probably because no many people uses it.

Comments are appreciated.

Update: I’ve installed twhirl client. And found it better than tweetdeck – faster, and more features (I think). So, to those who owns fast computers, twhirl is for you.

Have you ever been wondering why when tweetdeck is running, your computer seems ‘sleepy’?

Here is a screenshot of the memory usage by task manager.

memuse

See? Tweetdeck is suuuuure slooooooow. Twhirl is faster. Twitteroo is even faster. Whoa! Faster than Google Chrome! However, firefox takes up loads of memory (sometimes up the 200,000 K!), which is a reason you should install chrome.

Conclusion

So, which client do you choose to install, well, it’s up to you. If you want your computer to boost up a little bit, install twitteroo. If your computer is fast enough, twhirl is here!

To make it short, which do you install depends on your choice.

Here is the link to the clients homepages:

Twiteroo

Twhirl

Tweetdeck

– the choice is up to you.

😀 By the way, twitteroo rhymes with kangaroo, I love you, Dr. Who, smelly shoe, stinky poo, to the loo, blah blah bloo – Up to you! 😛

Update (23/11/08) : I’ve added a poll here, pleas vote!