How to Make Sure Your Images Look Good in the Twitter Feed

You’ve probably noticed by now that Twitter has become more visual, now that images we post on Twitter are shown in the feed without having to click a link. You may have also noticed that the images are not as tall relative to their width as the typical horizontal (landscape) photo is and even if you post a landscape oriented photo, the top and bottom gets cut off. So, I have a couple suggestions.

First, don’t post vertical (portrait) photos and images unless there’s a really good reason because viewers will need to click the “Expand” link to see the whole image. Second, when you post landscape oriented photos and images, size them to 2 x 1 proportions. That means they are exactly twice as wide as they are tall. I like to use 1024 x 512 pixels because when someone clicks the image on the desktop they’ll see a larger version, but anything over 500 pixels wide should be okay.


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Hugh Briss

Social identity specialist, designer, consultant, photographer and blogger.

  • impartialgeek

    Seems like 1024 X 512 would almost work on all social sites too right?

    • Hugh Briss

      Actually, 1024 x 512 is more of a panorama format than most horizontal images and I use the standard 1024 x 768 for Facebook and other social pages. If you use that format on Twitter the top and bottom of the image will get cut off, hence the reason I wrote this.

      • impartialgeek

        Got ya! So as long as I keep the text, or image message in the middle, doing them all 1024X768 would be perfect! Or 1024X720…

        • Hugh Briss

          Yep, as long as the part you want to have seen in the feed isn’t too close to the top of bottom it should work.

  • elson

    90% of the time I will post a pic directly from my mobile phone, so resizing is impractical. Still, framing what is important within the center of the image matters.