Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Although Twitter has changed a lot of their customization settings, it is still the same micro networking site we all love. Profiles have always allowed their own custom page background image. But there are also header backgrounds which appear right behind your profile photo & information.

These images are typically resized at 520 x 260 but can be uploaded using larger dimensions. Below you will find a set of 30 creative header backgrounds you might use on your own profile. They’re all easy to download and setup in your Twitter account settings. Click any of the links below to see a fullsize view of the header image.

Moscow

moscow cityscape background twitter design

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Each social network has its own dynamics when it comes to customizing the social profiles and pages. Different requirements and sizes.

Social Kit is a free Photoshop plugin that focuses on simplifying the design of such pages and profiles.

It currently supports 4 networks: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

The plugin has full-sliced and editable templates where the outputs look just the same as “how they will look when live”.

Buffer is one of the most popular apps for managing multiple social media profiles, scheduling posts and more.

Circular is an open source alternative for Buffer that is built as a Backbone.js app with a REST API written in PHP that stores data in MongoDB.

Circular

It only works with Twitter where you can add a list of tweets and they will be sent on the date-time defined.

Multiple accounts are supported and a bookmarklet helps using it easier.

P.S. The app can also be used and tried with the hosted version.

Polls are the most popular way of asking the opinions of users about a specific subject. And, web is the perfect place to use them.

Lately, social polling is being used widely as they require the user to login with a social account, results + data collected can be filtered and sharing of the poll is encouraged.

Opinion Stage, a professional web-based application (with a functional free plan), simplifies creating such social polls so much.

Opinion Stage - Social Polling and Voting

The application has a very nice interface to create a poll in minutes. It is possible to choose between 2 poll types:

  • multiple choice
  • head-to-head

and use images or videos, customize the look + functionality (like enabling users to filter results, sharing options and more).

Opinion Stage supports all the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) and offers a rich reporting backend that allows administrators to view results by various social, demographic and behavioral filters.

Although it is also possible to create standard polls with the application, social polls increase the engagement so much and provide much more valuable data.

Once a poll is created, it can be embedded to any web page instantly. Here is a real example (and feel free to vote):

The giveaway

3 * -three month- accounts of this social voting app is being given away and you can comment to this post to join.

Winners will be selected randomly with the query below a week later (11 September 2013).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4529 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

Most of the websites include social networking widgets like Facebook “Like” or Twitter’s “tweet” buttons that ease sharing of the content.

The major drawback with the widgets is the performance loss due to the multiple requests made and files loaded.

SocialCount, a jQuery plugin, with only ~3kb in size (minified-gzipped) and provides a much lighter solution for them.

SocialCount jQuery Plugin

It has support for Facebook, Twitter and Google+, doesn’t auto-load the widgets and only loads them when user hovers the related widget which ends up in lots of performance and speed gain.

In total, the plugin makes 1 JS request, 1 CSS request, 1 optional request for icons and 1 optional AJAX request for counts (compared to 25 total requests for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus widgets)

SocialCount works with mouse, touchscreen or keyboard and comes in multiple sizes.