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Facebook to Change Fan Pages Again

As we are all used to, facebook will be throwing another curve ball at us. Recently announced in their fan page update email, they will be updating the size and location of your profile image. Now this might seem like a small change, but for some of this it means 100’s of re-designs. Comment at the bottom of this post if your company is looking at a cover image redesign.

facebook email

Therefore, the new size of your profile image will be 160 x 160. Now this will not directly affect your current image because your profile picture had to be 180 x 180 to be accepted. That image was then compressed by facebook into the current 125 x 125 box. There has been no response to whether this 180 x 180 minimum size is still required, but we do know the image will now sit 23px from the left and 210px from the top of the page.

So how does this affect you? If you have a super cool cover image which lines up with your profile image you will have to do a redesign. Companies like Ford who have done a great job lining their profile images up with the cover photo will have to make some changes. This change is not too dramatic, but if you have two or three hundred to do before the 26th, then your hands might be full.

Ford Cover Image

 

Facebook’s statement is as follows:

"On April 26, we will be updating the size of the profile picture on all Pages. We are letting you know about this small change in advance so that you can update your profile picture on April 26. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the Page."

After the most recent changes, our company is still attempting to be caught up from the launch of timeline. We are happy to have change because it keeps us all in business, but what changes do we face next. With the recent purchase of instagram will we see some changes in a few months? Will we be going through another platform overhaul next year? Only facebook can provide those answers. If you could have one thing changed what would it be? Put your answer in the comments below.

By Dan McGaw

http://tabbed.co

@danielmcgaw

 

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  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 30 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Hi Kenji,

     

    thanks for the email, and I got the specs from the email facebook had sent me. The first image in this post showcases that. 

     

    Dan McGaw

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 27 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Thank you for the email.

  • Apr 27 Posted 4 years ago Kenji Takabayashi

    160x160 eh? nope, the thumbnail is now 176x176 - Where did you get the specs from? 

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    it just hapened about an hour ago.

  • Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago Susan McHugh

    I don't see changes yet on my pages.  Do you know when the changes will occur?   These changes are difficult for very small businesses to handle as we are not technical (but getting better out of necessity!).  That's my 'dump' for the day!

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Your welcome!

     

    Dan McGaw
    http://Tabbed.co

    Dan@tabbed.co

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    I am not sure exactly where you saw that info, but might not have been updated until the push out the new size. So maybe it will be updated today?

     

    Dan McGaw
    http://Tabbed.co

    Dan@tabbed.co

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    There is no choice, and we heard it was all happening because of mobile devices. 

     

    I do agree the recomendations sections could be bigger and better. Encourage your fans to recommend you on your news feed too, has helped us a lot!

     

    Dan McGaw
    http://Tabbed.co

    Dan@tabbed.co

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Thanks Michael,

     

    Dan McGaw
    http://Tabbed.co

    Dan@tabbed.co

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 26 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Sorry, but it will only change the size of profile image. No extra apps will fit.

    Dan McGaw
    http://Tabbed.co

    Dan@tabbed.co

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago Susan McHugh

    Will this allow more apps (tabs) to line across under the cover photo?  That would be a good thing!

  • michaelcurrey's picture
    Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago michaelcurrey

    The constant changes! To get ready for tomorrow I created a photoshop template based on the new specs. Feel free to download it and let me know how it works. 

    <a href="http://inlinevision.com/blog/facebook-timeline-profile-image-size-changes-to-160x160px/">http://inlinevision.com/blog/facebook-timeline-profile-image-size-changes-to-160x160px/</a>

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago frankiwema

    In the announcement I don't read any argument for this change. Not why this improves the experience of the visitor, nor of the pageholder. To me that seems pretty arrogant. Ofcourse I will look into the consequences and adjust the cover if neccesary. There is no choice, is there?

    My wish for a change would be to give more attention to te recommendations box in the page. I believe this will/should become more important. In order to get there, I would appreciate an API so it will be possible to generate recommendations for your fb page/busines from other sources.

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago Taghrid Lutfi

    I think changing the apparent size of the posts posted by friends will be more appropriate to the viewer, then when i'm interested in a post i'll just click on it to read it fully .  in order to be able to see a greater amount of posts on the display ,

  • kimrandall's picture
    Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago kimrandall

    You rock! Thank you so much!!! 

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    Hi Kim,

     

    If you click on the events/milestones it will expand to show th questions/poll application option.

     

     Dan@tabbed.co

    http://tabbed.co

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago Chris Wiegman

    No idea, BUT you still can do it... go to the poll page then, pull down the use facebook as <page> and make a poll. 

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago sherra (not verified)

    According to Facebook's "how to", it says 23 from left edge of cover image & 212 (not 210) from top of cover image. Those 2 pixels could make a difference to some.

  • Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago anewton2

    Hi Kim!

    I had that issue too where it took me forever to find the polls. It's still there though! When you're updating your status, there's a button to the right that says "Events, Milestones +" Click on that and the list with events, milestones, and questions will pop up!

  • kimrandall's picture
    Apr 25 Posted 4 years ago kimrandall

    This is definitely going to be a big change for all of the fanpages my company manages. Since we're on the topic of Facebook, any idea where they hid the polls option on the fanpages? 

  • DanielMcGaw's picture
    Apr 24 Posted 4 years ago DanielMcGaw

    To our knowledge the change had to do with mobile device display, but do wish they would have gotten it right the first time.

  • Apr 24 Posted 4 years ago EmilyGumbs

    This is such a minor change. But at the same time, it's HUGE! Now they are changing the picture position and the size, meaning that now the timeline covers will all need to be readjusted. I wish they wouldn't change things so often.

    They were in the proccess of changing everything to timeline for so long, you would think they had figured out proper sizing by the time it went live at the end of March!

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