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Due to updates on Twitter, this hack is unlikely to work. Thanks for playing! Check out the BuzzFeed article for a better, more up-to-date tutorial.

Pimp your Twitter avatar. Make it animated.

Updated 23 Feb 2011: Twitter hack now allows for larger animated avatars (128×128 pixel dimensions)!

Instructions (Easy):

  1. Find your imagery (or use 3fram.es to make an animated GIF and save to your computer).
  2. Upload your animated GIF to be resized:

  3. Download the resized image and upload to your Twitter profile!
    Click ‘Upload to Twitter’ to automatically have your avatar image changed!
    Twitter has disabled this app from using their API due to a violation of their Terms of Service (without mentioning what specifically was in violation). You will need to download and upload to Twitter manually.

 
Instructions (Advanced):

  1. Find your imagery (or use 3fram.es to make an animated GIF).
  2. Import your animated GIF into Photoshop (details), or create your animation from still frames.
  3. Resize your image to a 48×48 (the secret dimensions!).
  4. ‘Save for Web’ as a GIF, tweak your colors, and save.
  5. Upload to your Twitter profile!

 
Share your results by posting your Twitter URL in the comments! or browse the latest uploads.
 

Note: Animated image URLs are validly returned in the Twitter API, however some apps may not animate your GIFs.


Inspired by all the Blah Blah Blah on Twitter. Hacked by @gleuch.
Props to @aarontweets for 3fram.es.

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Posted on January 10, 2011

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COMMENTS

  1. Saxamo says:

    4 hours? 4 nachos!

  2. Nate says:

    You’ll have to pay attention to it to see the animation.

    http://twitter.com/natefanaro

  3. [...] which you’ll save to your computer. Then, just re-size the saved image using Leuch’s automated uploader, download the tailored animation, and voilà. You’ve got your very own dynamo of an [...]

  4. [...] which you’ll save to your computer. Then, just re-size the saved image using Leuch’s automated uploader, download the tailored animation, and voilà. You’ve got your very own dynamo of an [...]

  5. [...] will let you do just that.All one has to do is create a GIF using 3fram.es, resize the GIF on the F.A.T. website, and download it for easy uploading to Twitter.According to Leuch, the project has been used to [...]

  6. [...] crear una a partir de 3 frames.El siguiente paso sería cambiar su tamaño, lo que puede hacerse en fffff.at, justo antes de subirlo a nuestro perfil de Twitter.Aunque la mayoría de las veces el efecto [...]

  7. Mr. Me says:

    My twitter has been animated :)
    I bet this will attract people to my twitter account :) :) :D

  8. Michael says:

    You can use other sizes besides 48×48 if you rename the .gif to .png. I’ve had a 50×50 animated avi up for more than a year now:

    http://twitter.com/thxithink

    Of course, your mileage may vary; it’s been a while since I did it and Twitter may have added code to catch the GIF disguised as a PNG now.

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  10. [...] one has to do is create a GIF using 3fram.es, resize the GIF on the F.A.T. website, and download it for easy uploading to Twitter [...]

  11. yh66600 says:

    you can’t read what i wrote though

  12. yh66600 says:

    oops i forgot to put my twitter link
    twitter.com/yh66600

  13. [...] создать GIF изображение на 3fram.es, подогнать размер GIF на сайте F.A.T., и скачать его на [...]

  14. K says:

    …Or if you want an animated gif with more than 3 frames, try http://piterwilson-toys.com

  15. [...] podemos criar uma usando 3 frames.Depois teríamos que mudar o tamanho, o que pode ser feito no fffff.at, antes de subir o resultado no nosso perfil do Twitter.Ainda que a maioria das vezes o efeito [...]

  16. [...] demasiado. Si no sabes hacerlo por tu cuenta entonces lo que puedes hacer es ir a este enlace en fffff.at donde puedes subir tu GIF y esa aplicación web hará todo el trabajo por [...]

  17. bennett4senate says:

  18. [...] используя 3fram.es, изменить размер изображения на сайте F. A. T. для легкой загрузки нового юзерпика в [...]

  19. [...] используя 3fram.es, или изменить размер вашего GIF на сайте F.A.T. и потом просто залить его в ваш твиттер [...]

  20. [...] La GIF può essere utilizzata per esempio come avatar nelle reti sociali. Se in particolare la volete ottimizzare per Twitter potete usare uno strumento di ritaglio messo a disposizione da F.A.T. [...]

  21. [...] avatar-mu untuk mengikuti latihan di sebuah negeri yang terletak diatas awan. (buka website ini, lalu upload file animasi GIF-mu untuk di resize, tunggu hingga proses [...]

  22. [...] используя 3fram.es, изменить размер изображения на сайте F. A. T. для легкой загрузки нового юзерпика в [...]

  23. [...] debes crear un Gif utilizando 3fram.es, seguidamente debes cambiar el tamaño en el sitio web de FAT, y finalmente descargarlo para subir fácilmente a [...]

  24. [...] que no “pese” demasiado. Si no sabes hacerlo por tu cuenta entonces lo que puedes hacer es ir a este enlace en fffff.at donde puedes subir tu GIF y esa aplicación web hará todo el trabajo por [...]

  25. [...] debes crear un Gif utilizando 3fram.es, seguidamente cambia el tamaño en el sitio web de FAT, y finalmente descargarlo para subir fácilmente a [...]

  26. [...] optimizar para Twitter se puede utilizar una herramienta de recorte puestos a disposición por FAT [...]

  27. [...] la volete ottimizzare per Twitter potete usare uno strumento di ritaglio messo a disposizione da F.A.T. Tag:gratis, servizi [...]

  28. [...] Dopo di che andate sul sito F.A.T. che vi permetterà di ritagliare e di caricare su Twitter la vostra GIF [...]

  29. [...] e crie seu avatar animado no http://3fram.es, você vai precisar de uma webcam, depois acesse o F.A.T. e altere o tamanho da imagem, por fim faça o carregamento da foto para seu perfil no Twitter. [...]

  30. Martin says:

    It did not work. When I tried to upload it to Twitter I got something that says, Bigger_spinner in place of the gif.

  31. WJAY says:

    This doesn’t work :(

  32. esosh says:

    Mine only shows on my own twitterpage, not in my tweets :(
    how can i solve this?

  33. molly says:

    how do you upload it to twitter once resized?

  34. ozl says:

    Didnt work :(

  35. [...] Animated gif Now that you have your animated gif via Photoshop or 3fram.es, you can head over to Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) and resize your animated gif for twitter. When your gif has been converted, simply upload it to [...]

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  38. Loreal says:

    Worked for me !!

  39. goofykid says:

    http://twitter.com/LukeKerrILM

    This shit is fucking gold! GOLD I TELL YOU!

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