Unlock the Keys to Improved Social Media Profiles

Your social media profile picture is key to establishing your perfect reputation.

Padlocks adorn the Pont des Arts in Paris, France.

The Lovers Bridge otherwise known as the Pont des Arts in Paris, France.

Whether you profile picture is serious, studious, fun, or simply lounging at a favorite vacation spot the look is all up to you; but to ensure your photo looks great it’s important to know the guidelines for sizes for each site.

Facebook 

Facebook profile photos automatically are cropped into a square so begin by using a photo that is already in this size.  Your photo is important since it is seen next to your posts and comments; and is displayed at 160 x 160 pixels, but the image you upload must have minimum measurements of 180 x 180 pixels.

Cover photos measure at 851 x 315 pixels and the minimum size is 399 x 150 pixels and Facebook recommends the logo or text-based photos to be a PNG file for quality results. Remember images smaller than the optimum dimensions will get stretched and look very poor.

Google+

You need to think circular for Google+ since the network crops profile photos as circles, so when choosing your avatar think what picture looks good in a round format.

Profile photos are displayed 120 X 120 pixels on your profile; but since the photo is circular the images end up very small with 48 X 48 pixels in posts and just 28 X 28 in comments. So when choosing your photo on Google+ think very small.

Your feature cover photo, resizes itself depending on the screen area.  The minimum size is 480 x 270 pixels and the recommended size is 960 x 540 pixels.  And if you want your photo to look good on retina or large displays upload a photo that’s 2120 x 1192 pixels. And if you want to keep your beautiful profile picture out of any future Google ads read my article on how to keep your photo where you want it to be located.

Twitter

Twitter makes photos very small and square, so begin by choosing a photo that works in both dimensions.

An avatar shows only as 73 x 73 pixels on a profile page and a miniature 48 x 48 pixels in tweets.  It is key to know if people click through to your profile and click on your avatar it will show up larger, so consider an image that will display bigger than the small default sizes.

Header images can be as large as 5MB and the recommended dimensions are 1252 x 626 pixels; remember vital contact information such as account name, handle, bio, location and URL will be placed over you header.

LinkedIn

The maximum file for a photo is 4MB, you can upload a square JPG, GIF or PNG file and the default size is for an avatar on a profile page is 200 x 200 pixels and users can click to enlarge an image up to 450 X 450 pixels.

Speaking of profile pictures, the Oxford word of the year is “Selfie” which means “a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone taken on a slight tilt.

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