Google always seems to be tweaking and tinkering with its social networking site Google+. If you head over to your Google+ profile right now, you will see a message stating “cover photos have changed” and a prompting you to “change yours now”. These changes, along with a new “about” page look, were rolled out today, March 6th, for every Google+ user – personal and business pages alike.
The change surprised all of us at ReSoMe this morning as we clicked over to our Google+ profile page to find this:
Gasp! Look at that avatar!
So what are the new cover photo dimensions? Well, that cannot be answered with an exact dimension, but a range. The new profile layout it completely responsive, meaning the smallest size of your new cover can be 480X270 pixels, and the max size can be 2120X1192 pixels.
Make sure to leave not to put any important text within 200px of the bottom of your cover photo, or you risk having it covered up by your avatar and profile information.
Need a visual? Here is a size template:
Though the new size is very large and takes up almost the whole screen when first landing on a profile, it also allows for a ton of possibilities. For now on our profile, the vast space showcases ReSoMe’s contact information, team and logo:
… but the possibilities are endless!
As for the new avatar: Because the new layout and cover photo are responsive, there is no specific place that your avatar is positioned (you’ll notice the avatar move as you resize your screen). For the sizing, you are able to upload and resize an image on the spot, but be sure to keep your new avatar free of long words, group pictures or clutter you don’t want to see cut off by the new circular shape. NOTE: Any transparent PNG file uploaded as an avatar will show up in the space without a background.
Are you using Google+? Did you change your cover photo yet? How are you going to use your new cover photo?