If you are one of those people who only uses Twitter via a tool such as Hootsuite, you may have missed all the image-related improvements made on Twitter in recent months. \u00a0Twitter profiles have changed their look and you can now tweet images directly. In short, the site is now much more visual. \u00a0Here are 11 tips for Using Images on Twitter: 1) Take Advantage of the Larger Header Image on Your Profile Twitter, like other social networks such as Google+, now gives you the ability to add a larger header image. This feature has been gradually phased in, and if you haven't switched over yet from the old-style header, log on to Twitter. You will see a message to switch to the new profile look. The new 2014 Twitter header size offers a lot of real estate so make the most of it. \u00a0A size of 1500 pixels wide by 500 pixels tall is recommended by Twitter. \u00a0However, you don't need to make your\u00a0header image that tall. Pauline Cabrera of TwelveSkip suggests that an image of 1500 x 421 works well. \u00a0In fact, as she points out, on a mobile device not all of the header will be visible so you will want to use the header template she's created. Above\u00a0is her Twitter header, showing a creative approach for a solopreneur. Some businesses simply go with their logo or even mimic their website's header for the Twitter header. Or, like Social Media Insider, you could include an interesting quote. \u00a0Or perhaps you prefer something like Groupon's header, that looks like a banner conveying what the business does. Another approach is\u00a0super\u00a0simple, but effective: Use a solid color header that harmonizes with your logo colors, and use your logo as your profile picture (the smaller square image). Whatever you choose, make it consistent with your brand. 2) Humanize Your Profile Just because you run a business doesn't mean you need to scrub out all references to individual people. \u00a0If you\u00a0are like Sage North America, you might want to humanize\u00a0it with images of customers or people: Or do the opposite, and put your company on the header, and use your personal photograph for the square profile picture. Another approach is to express yourself. \u00a0If you are dressing up your individual profile or you run a sole proprietor business, you tend to have more\u00a0leeway. \u00a0Go over to a site like TwitterCovers and download one of the fun or artistic header images you find there. 3) Share Images Directly to Twitter If you haven't tried sharing images to Twitter, it's very simple. Simply click on the little camera icon below the Twitter update box. You can\u00a0upload images directly on the site itself or you can use a third party app like Hootsuite to do this (use\u00a0their pic.twitter feature\u00a0if you have a Pro account)\u00a0-- and the benefit comes from the image appearing directly. We are finding that image tweets get double the interaction of a standard link tweet. Here's how it looks in your feed - as you can see, images definitely are eye catching and engage people more! 4) Put Words on Your Images to Convey Meaning at a Glance Overlay words on your image before you share it. \u00a0A caption or even the title of an article that the image relates to, can be useful. Factoids and motivational quotes on images do well for a business audience. \u00a0Here's an example of one of the Small Business Trends\u00a0daily motivational tips superimposed on an image: 5) Tweet a Video Tweeting a video is similar to sharing an image. \u00a0It works great with YouTube videos. \u00a0Just insert a YouTube link into the Twitter update box, and it embeds the video into the twitter stream. Now here's how to hit it out of the ballpark when it comes to video: \u00a0Give your customers and followers shout-outs via video. That's what Nextiva does\u00a0whenever a customer gives them an "atta boy." An employee of Nextiva records a short thank you: 6) Bright Colors in Images Get Attention Use warm bright colors as much as possible for images you share. \u00a0Below is a colorful image from an article. \u00a0Instead of just sharing the article link, I shared the image from it also. \u00a0Notice how it stands out? 7) Horizontal Images Are Best Not only are horizontal images best for Twitter, but they are going to work best on many social sites such as Facebook. Long vertical images get cut off in certain views, or they are difficult to see if fully expanded. That can especially be a problem with infographics, which often are very, very long. \u00a0The next time you create\u00a0an infographic, keep it short to optimize it for sharing. \u00a0Otherwise it will look like a pencil: 8) Tag People or Companies\u00a0in Images When you share an image such as a product image, include\u00a0the company's Twitter handle in the tweet. That way you will get their attention. If it is a positive tweet, they will be delighted to see it, and may retweet it. That\u2019s how I got retweeted by Cover Girl, for the\u00a0beauty blog that I run. \u00a09) Share Selfies Are you into taking selfies of yourself? \u00a0The selfie image has become an institution on Instagram. \u00a0And now they are possible on Twitter. \u00a0Selfies can be used (sparingly) to add a human element to your tweets. Just keep in mind that you must upload the selfie directly to Twitter. \u00a0If you try to share an Instagram selfie, it just appears as a link tweet, as the following shows. \u00a0The top tweet is an image uploaded directly to Twitter, and the bottom tweet is an Instagram image (which just shows up as a link): 10) Use Twitter Cards Twitter cards are expanded information that is included with a tweet. \u00a0For example, if you tweet an article from Small Business Trends, it will include a thumbnail image along with an excerpt of an article and the link. There are now various types of Twitter cards, including ones for products. \u00a0You have to set up meta tags on your website to use Twitter cards, but it can be worth it. \u00a0This way, every tweet from your website can have a visual in it. 11) Add Pizzazz to Your Live Tweeting at Events What better way to share an event you attended with your friends, colleagues and followers? \u00a0Help them get a feel for what it was like to be there. Editor's Note: This article was updated to reflect how images can be shared via Hootsuite.