Add Overlays to Your Twitter Avatar

Adding Twitter overlays – little icons signifying something you like or support is all the rage in Twitter these days.

For instance, I sported a little Indian flag in my Twitter avatar celebrating India’s Independence day on August 15th. You could be showing your support or celebrating an event and this is a great way to share that with your fellow Twitter followers.

If you are savvy with editing Graphics, adding a little overlay is probably no biggie to you. If not, there are a couple of services that makes adding overlays to your Twitter icons very easy.


Avartize lets you add overlays to any online avatar you may have. But, it particularly makes adding overlays to Twitter very easy! Here’s how:

  • Login to your Twitter account
  • You just need to select an overlay as a PNG with an alpha channel or a transparent GIF format.
  • Click on the overlay and it will appear on your Twitter avatar
  • And once the vent or the day has passed, you come back to and reset to get your normal avatar back.

Avartize has a couple of things going for it. One is that as an event Organizer you can create a professional overlay and pass on the url to your attendees. They can all use that overlay and reset their Avatar after the event is over. That convenience factor is pretty nice.


Twibbons is another service that lets you add icon overlays to your Twitter icons really easy. Twibbon has a fun interface where it not only lets you add overlays to your Twitter avatar but also lets you browse various popular causes that are popular right now. Or you could create your own cause and see how many people take up your cause too.

You can see trending causes, most supported and recently created twibbons here. Like Avartize, Twibbons lets you easily add an icon overlay to your Twitter profile picture right from here. Also, in your profile you’ll see you complete Twibbon history and you can change back and forth between Twitter profile pictures right from here.

I think Twitter should offer this functionality natively. Atleast, a history of your profile picture.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try a  fun icon overlay in your profile picture and see the reaction from your followers.

Happy Friday!

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2 Responses to “Add Overlays to Your Twitter Avatar”

  1. India News August 22, 2009 at 6:47 am #

    thanks for giving the nice tips
    keep doing up dude

  2. jason August 24, 2009 at 5:34 am #

    very interesting,I will try.
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