The above quote rings especially true when communicating via social media. Studies show that status updates and tweets yield more engagement when accompanied by photos and images, and many bloggers swear by photos as a way to promote traffic to their blog posts via social media.
While most services will automatically adjust photos to fit their image size requirements, the outcome doesn’t always look the way you want it to. Whenever possible (but it not always is!), it’s best to upload images that are sized correctly.
Whether you need to update your cover image and profile photos or whether you want to create a graphic for your status updates and tweets, below is a quick reference guide to the image size requirements for various photo placements on some of the top social networking sites. All sizes are referenced in pixels.
- Cover Photo: 851 x 315 px
- Profile Photo: 180 x 180 px
- App Images (pages only): 111 x 74 px
- Shared Link Thumbnail: 377 x 197 px (this is the size of the image pulled from the source)
- Timeline Photos: 2048 x 2048 px is the max size upload. Facebook adjusts the image down to fit it in to various placements. For basic timeline photos, the size is 403 x 504 px.
- Profile Picture: 81 x 81 px
- Header Image: 520 x 260 px
- Tweeted Image: 375 x 375 px
- Cover Photo: 2120 x 1192 px (16:9 ratio)
- Profile Photo: 270 x 270 px
- Shared Image: 497 x 373 px (max upload 2048 x 2048 px)
- Profile Image: 160 x 160 px
- Large Thumbnail on Boards: 222 x 150 px
- Regular Pin: 222 x scaled height px
- Enlarged Pin: 600 x scaled height px
- Small Thumbnail: 205 x 205 px
- Large Thumbnail: 410 x 410 px
- Profile Image: 110 x 110
Tip: Canva is a free online graphic program that I recently discovered that has made creating graphics for posts and social media a little easier.