The Best Photo Sizes for Sharing on Twitter and Facebook

The social media sites are constantly changing the best photo dimensions but we seem to be approaching a general rule of thumb of about a 2:1 aspect ratio.

For Facebook it is a bit larger, Google+ a bit longer and Twitter is in between.

You can easily build your own header for Twitter or pick up some pre-made backgrounds so your backgrounds and headers always look great, but what about your day to day activities and news releases?

Get More Likes for News Releases

When sharing stories or news release from your website to Facebook make sure your first image or featured image is at least 600px by 315px, but for the best look on iPad’s and other retina display devices your picture or photo should be 1200px by 630px.

Facebook-Cover

Click on the picture to view the full size or right click to save the image for future reference


 

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

 

Get More Retweets for your Photos

For for twitter stream photos, the preview screen is about 2:1, and for the best result on on devices use a photo at least 1024px by 512px.

Twitter-Stream-Optimum-Photo-Size

Click on the picture to view the full size or right click to save a copy

For example:

Quick Cover Guide

Google+ recently updated their cover photos bringing them more into line with dimensions you’d find for Facebook and Twitter.

Google-Plus-Cover-Sample

Twitter-Cover-Page

Facebook-Cover-Photo

 

Have a question about how to look your best? Send a tweet, or contact me anytime.

 

 

Common Conservative Hash Tags

The-Hash-TagThe recent news that Facebook is adopting the hash tag from twitter to act as a search filter finally prompted me to write this post.

This first came up in the post on YouTube Productivity, but it is a simple idea. Conservative MP’s and staff should adopt a set of common tags to help each other’s content be discovered.

Each of the sites has a set of tagging conventions, and each has a different use. YouTube and Flickr’s tags are more akin to the use you would find in WordPress, as a means of grouping items across categories. With Twitter, the hash tag is the only means of categorizing your tweets, but they can also play a contextual role, meaning it can form part of a sentence in your tweet.

Facebook still hasn’t released their hash tag function yet but because most people use complete sentences and punctuation, I suspect the tag will be reserved for more of a categorization tool rather then for context.

Below is a very short chart I have started to keep track of the commons tags used across social media.

Key Word(s) Twitter Facebook YouTube Flickr
Conservative Party of Canada #cpc #CPC Conservative Party of Canada (Political Parties) conservativepartyofcanada
Question Period #qp #QP Question Period questionperiod
House of Commons #hoc #HoC House of Commons (Canada) houseofcommons
Parliament #parl #Parliament Parliament Hill parliamenthill
Conservative MP #cpcmp Member of Parliament (Canada) memberofparliament
Conservative EDAs #cpceda #CPC-EDA NAME Conservative Association conservativeEDA

This list is by no means complete, nor is it the final authority on these being the tags that should be widely adopted. If you have any suggestions please, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.