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Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter image size cheat sheet

Have you ever opened a social network and seen a profile out of kilter with improperly sized images? Don’t be that brand, here is your cheat sheet for social media profile images!

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Getting your image sizes right

With all of the rapid changes in social media, it can be tough to keep up with what you as a user, particularly a brand, are supposed to keep up with. Facebook released the new timeline features and changed all of the dimensions required of profile pictures, while introducing cover photos. Pinterest users do not always know the image sizes allowed, and Google+ has updated the dimensions of their own cover photos, and allowed users to upload animated gifs. On top of all of that, you have Twitter which has also had changes to its design in recent months.

We introduced you to a template for Facebook profile pictures and custom cover photos, as new updates left the old templates defunct, but what about the other social networks?

Below is a list of all of the required image sizes across the networks, courtesy of Luna Metrics. If typed lists are not your jam, check out the infographic below, giving a visual that outlines all of the required social media profile picture requirements – think of it as a cheat sheet!

Facebook Image Sizes

  • Cover Photo: 851 x 315 pixels
  • Profile Picture: 160 x 160 pixes (must be uploaded sized at least 180 x 180 pixels)
  • Distance between left boundary and profile picture: 23 pixels
  • Distance between top boundary and profile picture: 210 pixels
  • Profile Picture border size: 5 pixels
  • App Preview Image: 111 x 74 pixels
  • Distance between App preview images: 8 pixels
  • Total length of adjustable app preview images, with gaps: 349 pixels
  • Shared Image size on Timeline: 403 x 403 pixels
  • Up to 960 x 720 pixels in lightbox, can be uploaded up to 2048 pixels
  • Status Update: 63,206 characters
  • Link Preview: 90 x 90 pixels
  • Both Title Tag and Meta Description can be edited by clicking on the preview text
  • Highlighted Post/Milestone: 843 x 403 pixels
  • Profile Picture In Stream: 50 x 50 pixels
  • Shared Image In Stream: 398 x 298 pixels
  • Profile Picture on Facebook Sponsored Story Ads: 32 x 32 pixels
  • Sponsored Story Body Copy: 90 Characters
  • Sponsored Story Image Size: 194 x 139 pixels
  • Album Image Preview type 1: 129 x 129 pixels (can show either 6 or 9 photos at this size)
  • Album Image Preview type 2: 398 x 264 pixels (three 129 x 129 pixel boxes underneath)
  • Album Image Sizing type 3: 196 x 196 pixels (two preview images)
  • Facebook Ad Image Size: 100 x 72 pixels
  • Facebook Ad Title Copy: 25 characters
  • Facebook Ad Body Copy: 90 characters
  • Shared YouTube Video Preview: 130 x 73 pixels
  • Shared Facebook Video preview: 398 x 223 pixels

Twitter Image Sizes

  • Profile Picture: 128 x 128 pixels
  • Brand Banner: 835 x 90 pixels (only available to select Twitter partners)
  • Tweet Length: 140 Characters

Background Sizing (visible space between left side and content):

  • 90% see 71 pixels
  • 65% see 199 pixels
  • 40% see 242 pixels
  • 20% see 279 pixes

Google+ Image Sizes

  • Cover Photo: 940 x 180 pixels (can be animated using a .gif)
  • Profile Picture: 250 x 250 pixels
  • Profile Picture border size: 5 pixels
  • Ribbon Photo: 5 x 110 pixels each (can be animated using .gifs)
  • Profile Picture In Stream: 48 x 48 pixels
  • Shared Images: 497 x 373 pixels (up to 2048 pixels in lightbox)
  • Post length: 100,000+ characters (Cannot edit link Title Tags or Meta Descriptions)

Pinterest Image Sizes

  • Profile Picture: 49 x49 pixels
  • Resized from 160 x 160 pixel profile picture
  • Pinned Images: 600 x Infinite pixels
  • Pin Description Length: 500 Characters (can include hyperlinks)

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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11 Comments

  1. skynnard

    July 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    TY, very handy! RT @AgentGenius CHEAT SHEET for social media image sizes (like profile pics, etc.) – super useful: https://t.co/1Zm1i43i

  2. ChrisShouse

    July 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Very cool Lani thank you

  3. kpnashville

    July 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    @AgentSteph Great resource to have on the shelf. Thanks for the share.

  4. Allison Peacock

    July 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    GOOD stuff, @Laniar!! RT @AgentGenius CHEAT SHEET for social media image sizes (like profile pics, etc.) – super useful: https://t.co/1Zm1i43i

  5. J Philip Faranda

    July 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    GRAZI bella

  6. AGBeat

    July 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    @abodograph thanks!

  7. AGBeat

    July 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    @axdcom you’re welcome!

  8. wellstyled

    August 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    @anabalp thanks for sharing!

  9. PricedHost

    August 19, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Important article social media marketers and promoters.

    • PricedHost

      August 19, 2012 at 3:53 am

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Can Twitter ever secure data privacy, like even once?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Twitter releases private information affecting already hurting businesses, should this even be a surprise anymore? They have a history of privacy breaches.

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Dear Twitter,

I don’t know if you’ve seen the news within the past two years, but Facebook’s been under continuous scrutiny for privacy malpractices that affected millions of its users, so unless your goal is to be the next social network to infringe upon our first amendment right to privacy, I suggest you GET IT TOGETHER!

Over the weekend, users, specifically businesses, realized their billing information was being stored in their browsers cache. This is devastating news for business owners who rely on Twitter to promote their product, or stay in touch with their customers, who over the recent months have already faced monumental challenges. It is hard as a business owner to not feel this is an intentional overreach of privacy.

In an age where we have actual robots to vacuum our floors, and 3D printing, I speak for the people when I say this is unacceptable.

This isn’t the first time Twitter has been caught privacy breaching. A little over a year ago, Twitter announced that they were fixing a bug, many weren’t even aware of, that released phone numbers, location, and other personal data. AND GET THIS, even those who selected the option to keep their information private were affected, so what the hell is the point of asking us our preference in the first place?!!!

What about the time that Twitter accounts could be highjacked by ISIS and used to spread propaganda? All because Twitter didn’t require an email confirmation for account access. Or what about when Twitter stored your passwords in plaintext instead of something easily more secure. Flaws like these show a distinct ability of Twitter to just half ass things; to make it work, but not think about how to keep the users safe.

Like I said in the beginning, get it together Twitter.

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Facebook’s Forecast wants ‘qualified’ predictions, but no one’s asking why

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook is asking a bunch of so-called experts to chime in on what the future holds, but can we trust them with the information we’re giving them?

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These days, trolls don’t necessarily lurk beneath bridges in order to ensnare unsuspecting travelers. Instead, they hide out in the comment sections on social media posts, ready to incite wrath and stir up controversy with their incendiary remarks. Because Facebook knows how quickly reasonable discourse can quickly devolve thanks in part to these online trolls, they’ve made a move to establish intelligent discussions through their new “Forecast” app.

The premise of Forecast is fairly straightforward. Facebook has invited an assortment of so-called experts (whether they work in the medical field or academia, or some other field) to cast their vote on predictions about the future. Not only will they share their vote, though, they’ll also pitch in their own two cents about these predictions, sparking what is expected to be insightful and reasonable conversation about the topics.

However, while the premise is exciting (smart people! not basement dwellers! talking about serious stuff!), there’s more than a small amount of risk associated with Forecast. For starters, what exactly is Facebook planning on doing with all of this information that is being volunteered on their app? And secondly, are they going to take precautions to help prevent the spread of misinformation when these results are eventually published?

The fact is, Facebook is notorious for propagating and spreading misinformation. Now, I’m not blaming Facebook itself for this issue. Rather, the sheer volume of its user base inevitably leads to flame wars and dishonesty. You can’t spell “Fake News” with at least a couple of the same letters used in Facebook. Or something like that. The problem arises when people see the results of these polls, recognize that the information is being presented by these hand-picked experts, and then immediately takes them at face value.

It’s not so much that most people are simple minded or unable to think for themselves; rather, they’re primed to believe that the admittedly educated guesses from these experts are somehow better, smarter, than what would be presented to them by the average layperson. The bias is inherent in the selection process of who is and isn’t allowed to vote. By excluding everyday folks like you and me (I certainly wasn’t given an invite!), undue prestige may be attributed to these projections.

At the moment, many of these projections are silly bits of fluff. One question asks, “Will Tiger King on Netflix get a spinoff season?” Another one wonders, “Will Mulan debut on Disney+ at the same time as or instead of a theatrical release?” But other questions? Well, they’re a little more serious than that. And speculating on serious issues (such as COVID-19, or the presidential election) can lead to the spread of serious — and potentially dangerous — misinformation.

Facebook has implemented very strict guidelines about what types of questions are allowed and which ones are forbidden. That, at least, is a step in the right direction. It’s no secret that expectation can actually lead to the predicted outcomes, directly influencing actions and behaviors. While it’s too early to tell if Forecast will ever gain that much power, it undoubtedly puts us in a position of wondering if and when intervention may be necessary.

But I’ll be honest with you: I don’t exactly trust Facebook’s ability to put this cultivated information to good use. Sometimes a troll doesn’t have to be overtly provocative in order to be effective, and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to see someone in a position of power exploit the results of these polls to influence the public. It’ll be interesting to see if Forecast is still around in the next few years, but alas, there’s no option for me to submit my vote on that to find out.

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Well established Pinterest has a new competitor, Google Keen

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Google is constantly playing catch up, their new target is Pinterest. They have a new photo sharing social media app called Google Keen.

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It looks like Pinterest might finally have some competition: Google Keen. Notice the heavy emphasis on the word “might”.

It’s not hard to see why Google might feel a tad encroached upon by Pinterest, a photo-sharing and search-based platform; while Pinterest’s impact is relatively small in terms of taking traffic from the G-people themselves, any competition is unwelcome in Google’s eyes–perhaps justifying their move toward creating their own version of Pinterest.

Google Keen isn’t a direct ripoff–after all, they changed the name–but the general principle is the same: Users can create a “keen” for a specific visual topic, thus allowing them to search for, and add images of that topic. Google was quick to cite “bread” as a possible topic, which, according to Social Media Today, is a direct nod to recent Pinterest trends.

Subtlety never was Google’s strongest suit, and that seems to be a theme they’re reiterating here. Perhaps that’s why the Google Graveyard, a site we’ve addressed in the past, is full of tools that didn’t live up to their original inspiration (one of the latest additions being the half-baked Google Hangouts). Google Keen shows promise, but one can’t help but remember how Google’s Circles feature fared in Facebook’s shadow.

Keen is available for web and Android platforms, which answers one question while raising a few more. For example, while it makes sense that Google would brand Keen for their own smartphone audience, iPhone Google usage is notably high, and the Pinterest crowd loves a clean aesthetic (that’s another point in the Apple camp). As such, it might be in Google’s best Pinterests–I mean, interests–to implement an iPhone presence for the app as well.

It is worth noting that Google has taken deliberate inspiration from Pinterest in a lot of ways. So Keen may be a way for them to tout their adopted features and familiarize users with them so that, in the long run, they are able to begin migrating traffic back to their own platform from Pinterest. In a time in which any competition may open the door to disaster down the road, this is a move that, despite skepticism, makes sense.

After all, the Google Graveyard is operating at capacity, yet the tech behemoth continues to chug away. Who knows where their newest “innovation” may take them?

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