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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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Facebook wants to hear from you. Literally. For innocent reasons

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As if Facebook didn’t already own everything that is you, they are asking to hear you say a specific phrase for their new voice services.

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Good news, Facebook is now offering to pay you to let strangers listen to you! Well, kind of.

Users connect to Viewpoints – a different app under the Facebook umbrella – which allows them to participate in market research. In this case, participants repeat the phrase “Hey Portal, call,” followed by the name of a Facebook friend, and submit the recording. The whole ordeal is about five minutes, tops.

By finishing this and other tasks, participants can expect to make a grand total of…$5. It’s not much, but at least that’s a fancy cup of coffee for work you can do while waiting for the ads to finish on your TV show.

So, why is Facebook shelling out $5 for people to make voice recordings? Surprisingly, it’s because AI is not nearly as smart as we sometimes assume – especially when it comes to voice commands. There’s a whole host of things that go into how we communicate, like posture, tone and even slang, which can make understanding vocal commands a much bigger ordeal.

In order to make improvements to the system, it often requires teams of humans putting in the leg-work. This means studying the disconnect between humans and machines, as well as creating solutions. Unfortunately, this human touch is also the excuse companies like Amazon use to justify listening in on your conversations. (Sure, users can ‘opt out’ but come on. That’s not exactly something Amazon advertises.)

As more people grow aware of the potential breach of privacy that tech like Alexa or Portal can bring, however, it’s put pressure on companies to scale back. Which is where Facebook’s new paid survey comes in. Unlike an anonymous employee listening in on a random Portal conversation, this way participants opt in, rather than out, of having their information shared.

The academic in me is slightly skeptical. There’s only so far a paid study like this can get, especially when it comes to the nuances of voice command. The conspiracy theorist in me is also skeptical, mostly because although Facebook promises they won’t sell your information or publicly share it, there’s still plenty of nefarious things to be done. That said, at the end of the day, at least Facebook isn’t just swiping information off your Portal…and you even get some pocket change in exchange.

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Facebook beta features fresh friendly facade you can try out

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook is trying to change it’s image, literally. They already changed their logo, now is time for a new design you can see in the beta.

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After sixteen years in the game, Facebook is getting a facelift. Facebook has been working on a redesign for quite some time and they’re finally starting to roll out a beta. Facebook is taking the rollout slow, so it looks like just a few users are seeing the redesign and the rest of us will have to wait. Want to be among the first to test out the new look? Here’s how you can, maybe, make it happen.

If you are one of the lucky few who has been selected to beta test, then getting the new design should be simple. When you log into your account (as if you ever log out) a pop up will prompt you to try out the new beta. If this doesn’t happen, and you’re still feeling optimistic, then turn your eye to the upper right-hand corner of your screen and look for a button labeled “See Facebook Beta.” Still no button, but want to keep the hope alive? Click the drop-down arrow in the right-hand corner of your screen and see if the Facebook Beta option appears in the dropdown. Nothing yet? Tough luck, kid. You have not been chosen.

If the new design is available to you, then Facebook will offer to give you a tour of the new system. The fresh UI aims to simplify the user experience by making the page less cluttered and easier to navigate. Icons will be sleeker and brighter and it should be easier than ever to access your Messenger conversations. And if you decide that you kind of hate the new design, no big deal. Users will have the option to switch back to the classic design, at least while the redesign is still in beta.

Platform redesigns are always a contentious topic of conversation for users. Twitter, in particular, has seen some user drama over its redesigns through the years. Sometimes a redesign will knock out your favorite feature or make a shortcut you used to take in a workflow pointless. And, honestly, sometimes people just don’t like change. Whatever side of the coin you’re on, let us know how you feel about Facebook’s new look.

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Google takes a shot at competing with TikTok, Pinterest videos

(SOCIAL MEDIA) We all love to sit and watch short videos, be they humorous, reactionary, or weird, but here is Googles attempt to get educational with Tangi.

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It’s happened to anyone who’s ever been looking online for how-to help… you click on a likely-sounding YouTube video, only to be greeted by an ad you can’t skip, a whole lot of introductory chit-chat, and three minutes of build-up before you finally see exactly what you need to do to handle your would-be DIY hack.

But what if you could get your answer in 60 seconds or less? It’s the concept behind Tangi, a newly released Google app created in the company’s Area 120 incubator by developer Coco Mao.

Variously described as short-form YouTube, video Pinterest, or TikTok for makers, Tangi was inspired by Mao discovering that her “smartphone challenged” parents were using their devices to watch photography and painting tutorials—and developing new hobbies as a result.

She came back to Google and worked with her team to develop Tangi as a place where such how-to inspiration could be more easily found and taken advantage of. “The name is inspired by the words TeAch aNd Give,” she explained as she introduced the app at the end of January. “’Tangible’—things you can make.”

The philosophy behind Tangi means this is hands-on how-to for the crafty club. The time-lapse heavy videos “could quickly get a point across,” Mao said, “something that used to take a long time to learn with just text and images.”

Videos fall into categories of art, cooking, DIY, fashion and beauty, and lifestyle, and are often accompanied by links to recipes or the maker’s blog or Instagram for more information. Some makers don’t quite have the format down pat yet, but most manage to provide a good balance of visual inspiration and a little more information.

And like Pinterest, Tangi can turn into a time-lapsing rabbit hole of its own. I started with a mere 10-second clip on propagating succulents (I’ve been doing it wrong), which led to a minute on “when succulents stretch” (“etiolation” — new vocabulary word!), which led to a succulent cake which led to a conversation heart cake and before I knew it, 20 minutes had gone by and I was watching an exploding heart science Valentine and had washed up at “Yoda one for me.”

While the app has only been out for about a week … and is only available on iOS and the web … it’s already well populated with content from makers and lifestyle bloggers who partnered with Mao’s team during the development process. And though it’s still in closed-beta mode for content creators, users can apply to be on a waitlist to be invited to upload their own work.

There are a few question marks still. No word on when it will be available on Google’s own Android platform, for one thing. While a couple of intrepid contributors are reviewing education apps and dispensing startup advice, its philosophy as stated by team lead Mao may not extend much more beyond the maker and creative fields to include technology and workplace input. And Google doesn’t always support its apps for long.

But it’s fun, simple, and easy on the eyes. As a place to find quick inspiration and direction, Tangi could carve out a niche.

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