Centered Twitter Backgrounds

I don’t usually make public feature requests and I know our friends at Twitter are dealing with crazy scaling issues but I would like to register one simple request: the option for centered backgrounds. Background: Twitter lets you upload a background image, but it’s always left-aligned which means unless its tiling interacts awkwardly with the main centered window. But with a single line of CSS, background-position: center, you could use the width of Twitter’s content window (763px) to create something beautiful and exciting that dovetailed perfectly with the main content area. If you’re feeling crazy afterward, allow a different background to be specified for single-tweet permalink pages, which would also make Blackbird Pies even tastier. If your name is Ev Williams, Biz Stone, Dick Costello, Ryan King, Kevin Cheng, Mark Trammell, Doug Bowman… pass this on to someone. (And help me verify the WordPress account.) 🙂 I think a whole new Twitter design community could flourish. And I could forgive you for using a table for layout. Update: This is getting some nice pick-up.

54 replies on “Centered Twitter Backgrounds”

“and I could forgive you for using a table for layout” LOL!

I too have wondered why we are forced to align our background images to the left. A centre align would open up a lot more room for creativity.

Although I must admit, those people who design backgrounds assuming everyone on the planet has the same screen resolution as them (the ones that tile horribly on anything other than their own personal screen)… They do make me smile in an evil, “I’m superior to you” kind of way, lol.

Heh! I think that feature has been requested for a very long time, although I’m sure its not on Twitter’s short list right now (with scaling being the major issue for them).

As far as verification goes, did you already submit a verification request for Twitter?

And would you verify more than one account? (i.e. @WordPresscom, @VaultPress, @BuddyPressDev, etc.)

In a way I agree and in a way I don’t.

Twitter’s success has been based on simplicity. Simplicity on a site like Twitter comes from constraint.

Any more customisation options could just turn it into MySpace.

Sure, we’re not asking for auto-play music and animated GIFs. This is a logical extension of an existing feature that I think will actually make it look less like Myspace (look at the pages of any tweeters or a trending topic) and more like a high-design environment.

While we’re talking about it they shouldn’t force you to use the same general text color as the sidebar text color. Why Twitter? WHY?!

Also I think that they compress background images sometimes. Maybe if you use a GIF or something. I remember trying something awhile ago and just gave up because twitter was screwing with my image.

But yeah they should totally have a drop down menu that lets you decide position and repeating of the graphic.

That would help a ton!

I think fixed backgrounds too.

Although, I am still wondering if Twitter might offer premier accounts, which I am more than willing to opt-in for extra stuff.

However, I do like this option and I think if you contacted Ev as someone suggested in another comment, it could become a possibility.

I’d agree with this, although I make mine so that wherever the center panel is, the background image stops at the left edge and continues where it left off at the right.

What I’d REALLY like them to implement is different text and link colors for the main panel and the sidebar. Having to find mid-range text and link colors that aren’t too light for the white background and aren’t too dark for the color sidebar is just lame and annoying.

I’m so glad someone important is mentioning this! I’ve moaned about thi sbefore, but with my 35 followers, not made any impact, obviously! Surely something which runs down the centre of a page should be able to have a centred bcakground? Thanks Matt!

you know even tho I would really love for twitter to add this feature I might actually stick to positioning my background to the left, I guess I got used to it.

I do have to say I have seen many designers come up with some really kool ways to overcome the issue of not being able to center their design, for example, wufoo the more you expand the window the images seem to position themselves just right to alight with the feed box.

Just my thoughts. =D


August 2011 – this still isn’t a reality. I was really hoping that this would be introduced when the new Twitter went site-wide. I know a lot of people are worried this will make the site too design-oriented, and then it’ll suffer Myspace’s fate. I think a good way to avoid that would be to reduce the maximum file size allowed. The result? Just look at Youtube. It’s perfectly feasible.

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