📸 How to upload a high quality Twitter profile picture

📸 How to upload a high quality Twitter profile picture

Adam

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Uploading profile pictures and cover photos via the Twitter web interface results in a highly compressed, pixelated JPEG version of your logo being the final version.

This picture was uploaded via the web interface. Notice the blurry edges, shifted colours (compared to below) and JPEG artifacting present.

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Now, there are certain Twitter apps out there that seem to skip or minimise this optimisation process. The ones I've found that work so far are:

  • Twitter for Mac (old discontinued version)
  • Tweetbot for iOS
  • Twitterrific for iOS
I'm sure other 3rd-party apps work too but these are ones I have managed to try! I am guessing they use a different method for uploading the images to the official apps and website via the API. Uploading via these apps also seems to keep alpha channels in PNG so you can use transparency. Here's what the same picture looks like uploaded in the old Twitter for Mac.

Screenshot 2019-12-11 at 22.40.20.png

Crystal clear much sharper lines! It is not as obvious on photos but flat vector style images can really benefit from this treatment.

Give it a go and let me know what you think of the improvements!

 
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There we go, more drastic on this one. 😬 The same 400x400 PNG uploaded in different methods.

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Interesting, what about an animated avatar? I’ve seen those before but they are rare.

 

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Interesting, what about an animated avatar? I’ve seen those before but they are rare.
They blocked gifs a very long time ago even with API fiddling. :(

 

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Interesting that Twitter doesn't follow one of the most basic principles for web applications. 😱🤯
Don't use different business logic for the same things available via different endpoints.

 
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