Facebook to Change Fan Pages Again

Posted on April 24th 2012

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





Daniel McGaw

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Posted on April 24th 2012 at 12:03PM

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!

Posted on April 24th 2012 at 8:35PM

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

Posted on April 25th 2012 at 12:52PM

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? 

Posted on April 25th 2012 at 1:41PM

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!

Chris Wiegman
Posted on April 25th 2012 at 2:53PM

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. 

Posted on April 25th 2012 at 2:22PM

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.

Taghrid Lutfi
Posted on April 25th 2012 at 3:20PM

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 ,

Posted on April 25th 2012 at 3:30PM

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.

Posted on April 25th 2012 at 7:03PM

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-change...">http://inlinevision.com/blog/facebook-timeline-profile-image-size-change...

Susan McHugh
Posted on April 25th 2012 at 11:39PM

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

Susan McHugh
Posted on April 26th 2012 at 5:36PM

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!

Posted on April 26th 2012 at 11:01PM

it just hapened about an hour ago.

Kenji Takabayashi
Posted on April 27th 2012 at 4:33PM

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

Posted on April 27th 2012 at 11:47PM

Thank you for the email.

Posted on April 30th 2012 at 6:13AM

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