Facebook Cover Picture: Do you have one?
All timelines including a cover picture becomes public March 30, 2012, but some admins have pushed them sooner you may have noticed. This means that anyone who visits your page will be able to see your cover image. Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines.
Facebook tells us that covers may not include:
i. price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on socialmusic.com
“; (a test dummy for this post only)
ii. contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section;
iii. references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features; or
iv. calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”
Your profile picture represents your Page on other parts of Facebook, like in news feed, like normal. Use the logo or another image that represents your Page. Choose an image that’s square and at least 180 pixels wide.
Timeline profile cover
image is sized at 851px by 315px. I received a
tweet reply to my cover page comment, that countered my directions from a social media manager from Arnold World Wide
. It made me think that Facebook could be tricking me, so the only way to really find out was to design my own and put it to the test. Right?
I decided to try the measurements that were given to me and make my first Cover Page. In Photoshop I started a document that was exactly 815 pixels by 315 pixels with a white background and at 300 DPI.
For the design I featured a few of my agency’s work on the right-side to make what we do day-to-day for clients, to come to life for the users.
No error messages were given to me on the 851 x 351 pixels, but I also had my imagery at 300 DPI because some screens are even better than and I don’t want my imagery to look blurry if I can help it.
Simplifying the main profile image is key on these new designs. You no longer have to make your logo fit into that tiny awkward space or even that thumbnail. It becomes more of icon that could go with the background or makes people wonder who that is and want to learn more.
I also really like the idea of having your team shine on the cover page. Here is another concept I have for Partners & Hunt Creative Group
that shows more of the creative group themselves which could be fitting for some businesses and/or agencies.
Cover concept shown below in a Facebook mock-up template I designed.
Moving forward also constructed a cover page for This or That Ideas & Services
, which is a small business that focuses on creative thinking for busy people. Notice the top left Twitter icon and a few images to demonstrate the creative practices. I believe I’m going against some rules a bit because Facebook encourages users tell stories with the cover with just photos
, but having this brand experiment with the phrases and quick reads was my goal because I’m still in the experiential phase with this social environment.
Another new feature is the direct messaging to page owners that has never been allowed. In the past, I always found myself going through the page trying to find the email address within the info to get more information on something. But now this will be the quickest way to DM and get an answer on the product, place or brand.
Notifications about new messages will appear right in your admin panel.
After writing my blog post I found this tell-all YouTube video that did a better job on the updates. I guess I could have just embedded this video as my post.
Learn a little bit more from Facebook themselves (not hosted by Zach but a random person that looks smart and is great at voice-over)
I’ll keep learning and exploring! I also find myself thinking that I would be a one-of-kind Community Manager or Social Engagement, I have that creative edge to know what can be done, I could execute it myself quickly and efficiently and my ideas for content are never-ending. Now if I could only figure out how to show those skills off?
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