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The Social Media Cheat Sheet Guide

Making a new profile on a social media network is how you present yourself to the community (and can also lead to real revenue), so you want to spend your time focusing on things like your bio, developing a voice you want to use, and the actual content of your posts. You dont want to spend three hours resizing your profile picture a hundred times because you cant get the dimensions right and end up with an image thats unrecognizable.

Your profile picture is the first thing people see – in those 3 seconds you have their attention they will decide if they want to stick around or move on to the next profile that catches their eye.

This cheat sheet guide contains the most up-to-date dimensions for all the most used social media sites: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+. Just save this image to your computer and use it whenever you take the leap and join a new social networking site.

Kimi Mongello

Kimi is a designer at SumAll.

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  • plugintodan

    Can you create a similar cheat sheet for optimal image sizing for each network? I find myself wanting to edit a picture to fit nicely within the Facebook newsfeed, Twitter, etc. and it would be incredibly helpful to have a one stop shop for all the best sizes. Thanks!

    • Kimi Mongello

      Hi Dan! Thanks for your suggestion. Websites like Facebook and Google+ used to have size limits on images because their designs were made with fixed-width columns. Nowadays, an image that you post to Facebook is viewed at full resolution in a lightbox viewer that will change to accommodate the size of the image itself. Since this is the case, you no longer have to constrain yourself based on the Facebook wall or Google+ and Twitter feeds. Rather, the image size should be dictated by the content of the image.

      I would recommend uploading your images at a high resolution. The proliferation of retina displays and the expanding responsive web demands that content is uploaded at the highest resolution possible. Thanks again for visiting the SumAll Blog!

      • plugintodan

        Hi Kim, thanks for the thorough response. So maximum resolution is great, but what about image loading time? Is this a concern on social networks? And in terms of Facebook, I know the full image will show in the lightbox but what about optimizing so the entire image is displayed in a news feed. Maybe minute points, but curious whether they matter. Thanks!

        • Chris Jadatz

          Hello plugintodan. To answer your question: it depends. Some networks like Facebook and Pinterest re-compress your image after its been uploaded, downsampling it to create the appearance of faster loading times and to ease strain on their own servers. Rest assured, if your image is too big for Facebook, Facebook will tell you or take care of it.

          As a rule of thumb, it’s always good to make sure your profile images clock in at the lowest possible file-size while minimizing the sacrifice to quality. Photoshop’s ‘SAVE FOR WEB’ settings are excellent for maintaining control over the filesize and appearance of your image. Often, selecting a PNG-8 or PNG-24 output will save your image as a lean .png (portable network graphic).

    • http://magic.indivly.com/ John Clark
      • plugintodan

        Thanks John, helpful!

  • Guest

    Hi Dan! Thanks for your suggestion. Websites like Facebook and Google+ used to have size limits on images because their designs were made with fixed-width columns. Nowadays, an image that you post to Facebook is viewed at full resolution in a lightbox viewer that will change to accommodate the size of the image itself. Since this is the case, you no longer have to constrain yourself based on the Facebook wall or Google+ and Twitter feeds. Rather, the image size should be dictated by the content of the image.

    I would recommend uploading your images at a high resolution. The proliferation of retina displays and the expanding responsive web demands that content is uploaded at the highest resolution possible. Thanks again for visiting the SumAll Blog!

  • http://abundancehighway.com SuzieCheel

    This is brilliant thanks – love the visuals

  • Jeanette Kalp

    Excellent! As a newbie to Social Business I have lots to catch up on. This will really be helpful, thank you so much.

  • http://www.howipinchapenny.com/ Sarah Mock

    I am such a visual person! This is awesome!

  • Shan Azhar

    Excellent piece of work there.

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  • http://www.lightenupgear.com/ Erik Carlson

    Nice work! This is super creative and a great perspective at looking at social media. :)