Friday, April 25, 2014

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ cover photo sizes

You may have noticed my new cover photo (see above).

Well Twitter just announced its new profile page redesign, including a new "Cover Photo" feature that's their attempt to catch up with what their two main competitors -- Facebook and Google+ -- have already done.

Originally posted on September 18, 2012. Updated on April 25, 2014: Twitter redesigned their profiles again with new, larger cover photo images = 1,500 pixels by 500 pixels.

It's a way for people to express themselves beyond their profile picture and bio. But its also one of my favorite new universal features amongst social networks. Why? Because it allows users to upload a profile picture of just their face (which, by definition, is what a profile picture should be) and now use the cover photo for pictures of their dog, baby, significant other, favorite athlete, actor, team, etc.

But unfortunately, it's not that simple. While most profile pictures today are a standard square:
  • Facebook: 128px by 128px
  • Twitter: 400px by 400px
  • Google+: 252px by 252px
...each of these social networks have different size constraints for their cover photos:
  • Facebook: 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall (or 3404px by 1260px)
  • Twitter: 1,500 pixels wide by 500 pixels tall (or 3756px by 1878px)
  • Google+: 480 pixels wide by 270 pixels tall (or 3840px by 2160px)
So please, change your profile picture to an image of yourself, by yourself, and then take advantage of this new social network feature. But if you want to create a cover photo that meets each site's recommendations, you'll have to have 3 different images or at least 3 different crops of your image for each.