How to edit a Twitter thumbnail

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Twitter is the popular online social network that lets you post brief status updates. Each time you post a new tweet, it shows up in the reading lists of the accounts that follow you on Twitter. A small thumbnail of your Twitter avatar displays next to each of your status updates, and a slightly larger thumbnail appears on your Twitter profile next to your bio. Users can see the full-sized version of the image by clicking the thumbnail on your profile. If you'd like to edit your Twitter profile's thumbnail, you must first change your Twitter image.

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  1. 1

    Log into your Twitter account and click your username in the upper left corner. A drop-down menu appears.

  2. 2

    Click "Settings" in the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Profile" tab on the subsequent page.

  4. 4

    Click the "Change Image" button next to the thumbnail of your current Twitter avatar. A form appears below the field.

  5. 5

    Click the "Browse" button to browse your computer's hard drive for your new image. Double-click the image file's name on your hard drive to select it for uploading.

  6. 6

    Click the blue "Save" button at the bottom to save your new image to your Twitter profile.

Tips and warnings

  • Be patient if you don't see the changes immediately live on your profile. Twitter may take a few minutes to update your profile with your new image, and may take up to an hour to edit the thumbnail that appears on users' timelines.
  • Twitter images must be no larger than 700 KB in file size, and must be only in .JPG, .GIF or .PNG formats.
  • Twitter displays thumbnails as squares. If your image is rectangular, Twitter displays it in a cropped form, and part of your image may be missing from your thumbnail. To avoid this, upload a Twitter image that is as wide as it is long. Twitter displays the full image in your thumbnail.

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