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50 more Facebook Timeline Cover Photos for inspiration

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Facebook Timeline Cover Photos – tips

Last fall, before the Facebook Timeline feature went public, AGBeat gave you a sneak preview of 50 Facebook Timeline Covers as examples and shared best practices, and now that the feature will be the default for all users, it is time for the procrastinators to begin thinking about what kind of Cover Photo they will use as the header for their Facebook profile as seen above.

AGBeat offered simple instructions as to how to upload a Cover Photo that is not fuzzy, because Facebook tends to stretch, distort and degrade photos selected as Cover Photos – AGBeat discovered that the ideal photo is a very high resolution image that is 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.

We caution against the obvious: don’t use a photo that doesn’t belong to you or you don’t have rights to, and keep it clean. There are now websites that offer to generate a cover photo, but thousands of others will have the same image as you, so we suggest using your own photo.

So far, most early adopters aren’t using it as a professional billboard with tacky ads all over it, but that’s sure to come, so we hope our readers will keep it minimal and respectable and avoid hitting consumers over the head. Facebook timeline cover photos are a cross between Myspace and Twitter backgrounds, but limited and much more streamlined and less gaudy. The new features are attractive to users and it is our hope that Facebook doesn’t allow full customization, lest it become Myspace.

50 more examples:

The 50 examples below are all very different with some featuring family, others their city, their work or something they are interested in, even a celebrity in one case. Each one showcases these individuals’ personalities. We suggest playing with the feature, and changing out your picture from time to time – take a look below for inspiration (especially clever Cover Photos like Josh Nekrep’s):


















































Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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63 Comments

63 Comments

  1. Nanette Labastida

    February 14, 2012 at 7:33 am

    So cool Lani! I actually needed this inspiration.

  2. Chris Everett

    February 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Great inspiration from some of these very clever efforts. I'd like to include my own for consideration:
    https://www.facebook.com/Chris.B.Everett

  3. sue eller

    February 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Hi Lani,
    Nice surprise to be included in this list! Thanks! I took that photo in Hawaii. I was walking along the beach in and came upon two chairs facing the ocean. I thought it was such a ZEN photo. In real estate, things can get so hectic, that I wanted a ZEN counterpoint to my Timeline. Glad you like.

  4. Karen Goodman

    February 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks for including me in your list! I love the one that is outside of the box…but I'm not going to turn my personal profile in a real estate or business ad. I'd rather give people an insight into who I am as a person.

    I do like your idea of changing it up though. Will have to look for some new pictures.

  5. Joe Webb

    February 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Yay for Meg! She always has some of the best photos anyway.

  6. Scott ODonnell

    February 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Interesting how a majority of the people on this list are from Austin. Im not complaining mind you, I lived in Austin for almost three years before joining the military and I LOVE the city! I also painted teh murals on the railroad bridge so Im always happy to see my painting being used in other people's photos. e.g Anna Lauri's photo. 8^) Makes me soo happy inside.

    • laniar

      August 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Scott, we’re headquartered in Austin and are extremely active here, so you’re right! 😀

  7. Bennett Hui

    February 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Here’s a Cover Photo iPhone/iPad app that allows you to use multiple images and add text.
    https://fbphotomaker.com
    You can see some pretty inspiring user-generated samples here:
    https://facebook.com/coverphotomaker/

  8. That's me!

    March 31, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Its the worst inspiration I’ve ever seen, really.

  9. NathanLuther

    August 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Some really inspiring designs here. Be sure to check out our M.C. Escher inspired cover photo: facebook.com/digitalfuse
     
     
     

  10. RohitRoy

    September 14, 2012 at 3:00 am

    It’s Really cool……Lani Rosales Thanks For this awesome Facebook Covers….:) https://www.hdwallshots.com/category/fb-timeline-covers/

  11. italian_torrent

    October 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    the real and optimized size of facebook covers is 863px x 315px try here https://covermaker.net/

  12. VincenzoPiromalli

    October 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

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WeChat ban blocked by California judge, but for how long?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) WeChat is protected by First Amendment concerns for now, but it’s unclear how long the app will remain as pressure mounts.

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WeChat barely avoided a US ban after a Californian judge stepped in to temporarily block President Trump’s executive order. Judge Laurel Beeler cited the effects of the ban on US-based WeChat users and how it threatened the First Amendment rights of those users.

“The plaintiffs’ evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat,” Beeler wrote.

WeChat is a Chinese instant messaging and social media/mobile transaction app with over 1 billion active monthly users. The WeChat Alliance, a group of users who filed the lawsuit in August, pointed out that the ban unfairly targets Chinese-Americans as it’s the primary app used by the demographic to communicate with loved ones, engage in political discussions, and receive news.

The app, along with TikTok, has come under fire as a means for China to collect data on its users. U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stated, “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

This example is yet another symptom of our ever-globalizing society where we are learning to navigate between connectivity and privacy. The plaintiffs also pointed out alternatives to an outright ban. One example cited was in Australia, where WeChat is now banned from government officials’ phones but not others.

Beeler has said that the range in alternatives to preserving national security affected her decision to strike down the ban. She also explained that in regards to dealing with national security, there is “scant little evidence that (the Commerce Department’s) effective ban of WeChat for all US users addresses those concerns.”

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Instagram makes IGTV videos more accessible with automatic closed captions

(SOCIAL MEDIA) This new feature for Instagram opens avenues for viewers who don’t or can’t use audio on IGTV videos, creating more accessibility for all.

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Instagram live being recorded will now feature auto captions.

In an effort to expand accessibility efforts, IGTV videos on Instagram will now include an auto captions option. While its parent company, Facebook, has included auto captions on uploaded videos since 2017, this new-for-Instagram feature is expected to widen audience viewership and increase potential viewing by those who prefer watching sans-audio.

In a statement by Facebook, the company states: “While there is no shortage of information, not everyone can access it. It needs to be available to the hundreds of millions of people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing. According to the World Health Organization, over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – have disabling hearing loss, and that is projected to increase to over 900 million by 2050.”

Current events have made the need for auto captions even more critical for inclusion. “The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a spike in both the supply and demand of public health information. Several local and state governments, that were accustomed to holding live press conferences but didn’t have the resources, staff or technology to record, stream, and caption their live events, turned to Facebook Live. Several governments also discovered that video captioning was not just a nice-to-have, but imperative, especially in the absence of available sign language interpreters,” states the company.

Currently, Facebook provides auto captions for videos in 16 languages and has announced that Instagram’s IGTV will have access to the same features. The caption accuracy is determined by the video’s audio quality, although AI technology is constantly improving in both precision and speed.

Additionally, branded content ads are likely to see an increase in consumer interaction. Recently published data by Facebook shows ads visually designed for watching with the sound off have 48% more relevance to viewers and a 42% higher purchase intent. As auto captions normalize across social media, users can expect ad content to utilize this feature to the fullest.

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New tool organizes your Reddit feed (and makes it actually usable)

(Social Media) Reddit’s UI hasn’t always been super intuitive. ‘Deck for Reddit’ organizes your feed into themed columns, making it way more user-friendly.

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Deck for Reddit on display on laptop on desk.

Love it or hate it, the mass collection of forums on Reddit have some form of content for everyone. The simple UX design places content straight down the middle of the screen and the infinite scrolling feature allows you to view a limitless amount of content from cute puppy images to cringe-worthy videos. However, its simplicity isn’t very practical, and is something that I think should be voted down.

Yes, Reddit has come a long way from its previous text-heavy form, but there is still a lot to improve on. Charles Yang, a frustrated Reddit user, has created a web app that could change all that: Deck for Reddit, a desktop optimized, alternative way to browse your favorite forums.

“I built it to show as much content as possible at a glance, while respecting your screen real-estate,” writes Yang.

Currently, the web app is in open beta. With a very similar experience to Tweetdeck, this Reddit tool seems to hold some promise.

On the far left side of the website, there is a list of icons with all the subreddits you’ve subscribed to. Clicking on an icon will take you directly to that subreddit column. This is very convenient for users with a bunch of subscriptions. Additionally, by making several subreddits visible on the screen all at once, Yang succeeds in his goal of taking advantage of the vast empty white space that Reddit failed to use.

From this display, you can click on a post, and it instantly expands to show all the comments. Hit the back button, and the post collapses. Now, you are back to seeing all the posts related to that subreddit. And at the top of each subreddit, you can easily sort the content by what’s new, popular, and trendy. Engagement has never felt easier.

Along with everything else, this extension also adds another great feature in setting customizations. The theme can be switched from light to dark mode. Fonts, text size, and even the shape of the subreddit icons can all be adjusted. Preferences can be changed to hide viewed submissions and reduce animation motion. And if you’re slacking off at work or want to chill, you can set it to hide NSFW content.

Overall, Deck for Reddit makes the user experience smooth sailing, and it truly makes Reddit the “front page of the internet.”

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