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New Photoshop template for creative Facebook Timeline Covers

Facebook has made some minor tweaks to the size of profile pictures which has thrown off a lot of people’s and brand’s custom designs for their personal profiles and soon their Facebook Pages. We have an updated Photoshop template and 140 cover photo examples to get you started.

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After businesses have meticulously created custom designs for their Facebook Page cover photo to cleverly connect with their profile picture (as seen here), as have individuals for their page, Facebook has notified users that on April 26, they will be updating the size of the profile picture on all Pages to 160 x 160 pixels to site 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the page.

The change has altered the appearance of pages already, as seen below, rendering once beautiful and custom pages and profiles defunct:

All of that cleverness has gone down the tubes, but alas, we have the answer – an updated Photoshop template (courtesy of HongKiat.com) so you can get your creative juices flowing again and get your Page back to its once glorious appearance. Personal profiles have been impacted already, and Pages will be altered on April 26.

List of new dimensions

There are important dimensions that you should know:

  1. Cover photo size for Pages and Profiles: 850 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall
  2. New profile picture size: 160 pixels wide, 160 pixels tall
  3. New profile picture arrangement: 23 pixels from the left, 210 pixels from the top
  4. Cover photo size for Groups (which has no profile picture featured): 800 pixels wide, 250 pixels tall

Looking for inspiration?

Before the Timeline features were rolled out for Facebook, we hacked our way into using the cover photo features and found other people who had done the same, featuring 50 Facebook Timeline Covers as examples and offering best practices tips, including how to avoid looking like your Facebook is all mucked up like a MySpace profile.

Then, because you wanted more, we highlighted 50 more Facebook Timeline cover photos for you to peruse. And then you wanted more, so we showcased 40 brands using Timeline Cover photos on Facebook Pages.

That is 140 cover photos for you to peruse and get motivated by – not all of them are creative or even custom, but take from them the spirit of creativity and come up with your own through the Photoshop download, and if you don’t have the skills, ask your designer or a friend to help out.

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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  1. Richard Harris

    April 23, 2012 at 4:36 am

    The entire timeline idea is horrendous. To make matters worse, articles are being written that brush away criticism saying that “customers” (a revealing description in itself) fear change. How about aesthetics, the very thing that made Mac products so smooth, simple and fun? If the young Steve Jobs were around I’ll bet he’d immediately say it was garbage. (I’m choosing my words carefully).
    1) What if you’d prefer not to lay out your life chronologically for everyone?
    2) What if the written word is more important to you than wading through everyone’s blurry oversized party photos?
    3) What if you don’t approach your life as if it’s a blown out of proportion diary of a celebrity and prefer simply to observe and participate in targeted discussions with your friends, just as was always possible with the simple small-sized discussions on the old FB?

  2. jeff Miller

    April 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    For those pages that are NOT visually connecting cover photo and profile photo, no action should be necessary. Correct?

    Here’s my thinking:

    Since the cur­rent min­imum upload size of 180×180 is still larger than the new 160×160 dis­play size, pro­file photos should still look good…in theory.

  3. Surfing Expert

    April 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Isn’t it already 160 x 160 ?

  4. SusanneSmith1

    September 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Thanks for the collection. Please visit this website for Premium Facebook Timeline Covers Photos. Amazing and Unique Timeline covers with any watermark and website logos. Enjoy https://www.fbprofilecoverz.com Thanks Smith

  5. korkof

    October 17, 2012 at 3:47 am

    If you want to create a simple combo with your profile picture and your cover (G+/FB/Twitter), and you don’t have Photoshop, I developped a little tool to do this : https://www.korko.fr/clevercover/

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There’s a subreddit that is literally moving the stock market

(SOCIAL MEDIA) “You can’t change the world on Reddit all day.” Hm. Wanna bet? Some people do bet on whether a stock will rise or fall on Reddit.

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I don’t gamble. RIP to Mister Kenny Rogers, but this whole folding, holding, walking, running business is bad for my heart.

So playing the stock market is out for me, but apparently, you don’t even need an accountant to place your bets? The good, if foul mouthed, people of r/WSB aren’t just proving that, their playing and paying outside the traditional trading room is actually moving markets!

The subreddit, full name r/wallstreetbets, is 900,000 users strong, and boasts members that have been involved for years. They show off their stock market wins, losses, jokes, and opinions with varying levels of insight on all contributions.

Ordinarily, this’d just be an interesting collection of folks talking stock, but some of their threads have been shown to have an effect on share prices!

Users don’t just share what and how they’ve traded, they also gamble on what stock prices will do, without actually purchasing or selling any. Options contracts allow users to cast lots for less cash, while retaining the power to show actual purchases as hotter or colder and literally moving the temperature dial on them by word of mouth (and possibly pure conjecture) alone.

So I could hop in, put a marginal amount of money down, and say ‘Stock in Pressure Valve Company X is going to go up since more people are buying bidets in the wake of the Corona-based toilet paper hoarders, and they’re a key component’, then pepper in some off-color jokes about personal hygiene and everyone’s moms to blend in, and potentially wait to collect!

Neat.

After all, not only are surges of humans looking at these bets, web algorithms and cookie crawlers are staring too. It’s chatrooms of the dotcom boom all over again, except more chaotic, more gif-laden, and more monitored by outside forces.

It’d be sinister if the vibe of the sub wasn’t ‘Take literally nothing seriously’. Try discussing ‘chicken tendies’ in a boardroom sometime and see what I mean…although the tide on that might be shifting as well.

The one forbidden thing here is actually using the forum for insider trading. Directly profiting from the rumors gets users exiled, and gets users interacting with them booted too.

Serious business actually DOES occur, who would have thought? I wouldn’t have. Which is why I don’t gamble.

It’s easy to write Reddit off as just an online echo chamber slash cesspool, but when it comes down to it, the American Psychos of the world are on the same internet as the basement-dwellers, and the gap in financial literacy between the two ends of the spectrum is pulling a reverse Pangea.

We need to start recognizing that.

I’m still staying away from 4Chan though.

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Facebook messenger gets a major facelift for speed

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook messenger has been around a loooooong time and has started to suffer from build bloat. So the new project lightspeed has redesigned it.

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If you’ve ever spent time in an old-school, family-built home, then you have an idea of what the inner workings of the Facebook Messenger app look like. It began with just a few rooms, but as the needs of the family grew, they kept adding on rooms wherever they fit until the layout no longer made sense and the home became a bloated maze.

Facebook Messenger has been suffering growing pains ever since it branched off into its own app in 2011. As the app became more popular developers worked to make it more engaging by adding new features like stickers, GIFS, and video calls.

At some point, they realized that the app had gotten away from them. The Facebook Messenger currently on your device has move 1.7 million lines of code. An app that big is slow and takes up a ton of valuable space on users devices, so the team knew it was time for a change. The project became internally as Project LightSpeed.

Facebook Messenger is a valuable app for connecting with friends, family, and business connections across the globe. You don’t even need to be Facebook friends with someone to message them making it an invaluable tool for long-distance teams or new business connections. In recent years, the app has begun to slow down making it vulnerable to competitors like WhatsApp.

The development team’s goal for the new app was to make it small, fast, and simple. In order to achieve this Facebook’s team of engineers has reduced the core code by 84%, taking the original 1.7 million lines of code down to 360,000. The new app will be about a quarter of the size of the current app.

A smaller app will load quicker and be more responsive, even if you’re using an older device or you’re in an area with lower connectivity. Current tests put the new app as being twice as fast as the current version, while keeping all the features that users have come to expect. Don’t worry, you will still be able to send your friends stickers, pictures, and obnoxious amounts of GIFs.

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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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