Trying Something New: How to Use Twibbon and Why

I apparently only come up with ideas for blog posts when working now…I was trying to do some research for a client’s customer on Twibbon and couldn’t find much. Then when I asked a few friends about Twibbon, they had no idea what I was talking about. Thus, a blog post was born.

What is Twibbon? Twibbon is pretty simple actually. I would describe it as a bumper sticker for your profile pictures (or avatars…whatever you want to call them) on Twitter and Facebook. They don’t replace your profile picture, they simply add an image to it. It uses that valuable real estate on your profile picture to promote your cause – anything from charities to your favorite video game.

So instead of trying to get attention for your cause by begging people to “like” a fanpage on Facebook or listen to your endless tweets about one specific subject, your cause shows up in every post or tweet you make. I’m not saying you don’t need to ask people to like a fanpage or tweet about what you’re into, but this is another, less intrusive way to get the word out about your cause or interests. As you can see, I chose to support a cause near and dear to my heart – my Auburn Tigers.

What else could you use Twibbon for?

  • Support political candidates (see this article)
  • Support your favorite charity
  • Advertise events

The limits are pretty much endless. Anything you want to promote, you can.

So what now? Well you can either support an existing cause or create a new one.

First of all, log in to Twitter and Facebook. I would also make sure your original Twitter avatar is on your computer just in case. You will be asked for permission to access your Twitter and Facebook accounts. You will want to allow this.

To support a cause already created:

  1. Find the cause you like by entering its name in the search box.
  2. Pick the twibbon you like and click “support this.”
  3. You should be instructed to position the twibbon where you like on your profile pic. Then click the blue “Show My Support Now” button.
  4. I was then asked if I also wanted to add it to my Facebook profile pic. Again you will be asked to position the twibbon on your profile picture. Facebook doesn’t allow Twibbon to automatically upload a new profile picture, but they can make a new photo album for you. So Twibbon provides you with a link that takes you to your photos on your Facebook profile page. From there you can select “make profile picture.” You will also see buttons to invite your Facebook friends to add the twibbon as well as notify your friends you have added the twibbon.

To create a new cause:

  1. Click on the “Start a Campaign” link on the top menu bar.
  2. Enter the title, a description, categories and tags.
  3. Upload a picture. Pay attention to the guidelines. It must be a .gif or png (for best results see this blog post from Twibbon).
  4. You will then be asked to customize your settings. It will ask things like what your followers will tweet when they follow your cause, where they will be directed, etc. You can also upgrade to a pay service with even more options.
  5. Then you are asked if you want to tweet or update your Facebook status to promote your cause.

Things to look out for:

My Twitter profile had a black strip at the bottom of it on one of the causes I supported and it also showed up when I reverted back to my old avatar. This is actually an issue with Twitter as I have had the same problem uploading new avatars. This is why I suggested having your original avatar handy and just upload it again after removing a twibbon. It might help.

Also, Twibbon has its share of fanboy types (you know – “Team Jacob” vs “Team Edward” or the “I’d rather be playing Quidditch” set ), but don’t let that discourage you from using it. It can be a good tool when used the right way.

Have other good ideas for using Twibbon? Have any other questions about Twibbon? Let me know!

Thanks,
Kris

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4 Responses to “Trying Something New: How to Use Twibbon and Why”

  1. scottie b says on :

    TEAM JACOB TWIBBON!

  2. Kris says on :

    Go for it, Scottie!

  3. Bottles says on :

    Great job on the site, it looks wonderful. I am going to save it and will make sure to visit weekly

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