Why is it that round numbers always make things feel celebratory? As in, that number 20 up there should really come with its own little fanfare. Twenty whole rounds of this Palette Pingpong malarky already. Zoinks!
The next part was entirely inspired by Tips For The Twitter-Curious - the brilliant new class my Copy+Paste blog chum, Julie Kirk, is teaching at the moment. You can find the first couple of lessons on her blog right now and - just in case you needed any more encouragement - it's all for free!
One of the things Julie talks about in the first lesson is adding a background to your Twitter page. I'll leave her to explain why it's a good idea, but for me, having a customised image and changing it up every now and again just makes the whole interface prettier and far nicer to use. As with setting desktop wallpaper on your computer, you can either select a favourite photograph or go for a patterned background instead. There are lots of sites around the internet offering up free patterns for you to use, but if you’re feeling lazy or short of time, I have a couple of super-speedy options for you right here (i.e. no searching necessary). Inspired by the colour palette above, there’s either a plain and simple squared version:
Or an alternative with a little more white space:
You’ll need to download the image you want to use and save it somewhere on your computer. Julie’s instructions should help you work out where to find the ‘change background’ option on your Twitter settings page, and you then just hit the ‘choose file’ button to browse and upload the right one. Remember to check the ‘tile background’ option at the bottom of the page, too – both images are designed to work as repeating patterns and may well look a little strange if you use them without tiling.
I’ve already uploaded the second version to my Twitter, and I love how fresh and cheery it looks.
If, btw, you’re less than convinced by the whole idea of Twitter, I’d still suggest you go and have a look at Julie’s first lesson. I’m not crazy about social media in general – I don’t like MySpace or Bebo, and although I have a Facebook account, I rarely use it - but Twitter is different. Julie’s take on why there may be more to it than you first thought is well worth a read, and she’s got another two weeks of (free) classes planned for you, too.
Should you be in need of even more colour in your life after all that, you might also want to check out Gabrielle's brand new multi-coloured bunting. It's heart-shaped and adorable and completely eco-friendly. Did someone mention Valentine's Day?