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I’ve been trying to gather together some comprehensive information about the specs for profile customizations on various social media platforms.  I’ve got a bunch, but there are some question marks as well.  If you have any information to help flesh this out, contribute it and let’s build out a really useful resource…



Profile image: Square, displays at 125x125 (but apparently it should measure at least 180x180?)

Cover photo: 851x315 (must be at least 399 wide)

App custom image: 111x74

Specs on every other piece of the timeline design: http://www.dreamgrow.com/facebook-cheat-sheet-sizes-and-dimensions/


Main image: 180w x up to 540h

Thumbnail: A square piece of your profile image, as shown below, shrunk to 50x50.  Can also scale your full profile image to fit in the box.


Main image and thumbnail: square image, max 700k

Background image: Needs to fade to a replicable color on the right edge and bottom, Difficult to predict how much space you will get on either side of the Twitter content – depends on screen resolution and browser size.

Can also decide color of links


Avatar: Avatars can be up to 1600x1600 pixels, displays at 36x36 pixels

Background: content = 970px wide in the center, Endless scrolling, so you should have something that fades out

Banner (Partner channel only): needs to be included as part of the background. Can push your content down by up to 150px to display the banner section of the background. Insert an image map to create links.

Watch page logo (Partner channel only): 25px h by anything up to about 200px wide

Channel guide for the old design: http://www.youtube.com/pdf/YouTube_Brand_Channel_Redesign.pdf


Main image and thumbnail: square image

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I’m currently trying to develop a better workflow design for myself. It’s been a little while since I stepped back and evaluated what I should be accomplishing and how I can provide the most value to my organization.

I’ve been thinking that through in my own head, and hope to get some more brain time to finish that thinking process, but also seeing what others have had to say out there. Here are some of the most useful links I’ve found:

Steve Buttry: How a Digital First approach guides a journalist’s work
American Journalism Review: Harnessing Social Media
Mandy Jenkins: What does a social media editor do?

That last one is probably the closest to what I’m trying to do, which is lay out specifics of what has to be accomplished on a daily, weekly and monthly basis (both in terms of tasks and goals).

Do you know of any other great resources I may have missed?

This does not surprise me in the slightest.  It matches what I’ve found both anecdotally and in my own, much smaller scale, data analyses.  But it’s interesting to see the differences between the different services.

I post in overnight hours using Hootsuite, and am glad to know that service seems to do the best of the ones tested.  I also do 2 auto-updates a day through Twitterfeed, to help support the manual posting I do - this makes me think about switching to Hootsuite RSS (although I’ve had problems with that in the past).

What bums me out about knowing this for certain is that we’re looking towards getting more people involved in the Facebook page, which means coordination is going to start to be a problem. Using a third party app like Hootsuite could potentially help with the coordination, but at the cost of impressions and engagement it’s not worth it.

(via Study: Auto-Posting to Facebook Decreases Likes and Comments by 70%)

I’m really excited about this project. The goal is to collect stories from young people around the world about the events that most impacted their lives - the way 9/11 did for young Americans like me. I think it will be a really interesting online collection of experiences, and it will be fascinating to see how the events differ (or are the same) across the world.

Argo talks about what makes for a well-promoted blog. Nothing new, but good reminders.

This could be a great resource potentially. Honestly, the site’s not displaying properly for me right now - don’t know if that’s our web filters or a site issue, but I will definitely remember to check this out in the future.

Together with the BBG’s one-pagers and Thomas Crampton’s useful blog, this is a good starting place for getting a picture of the media landscape in Asian countries.

So helpful! I wish I knew where the information comes from to know how to verify it, but still a really good jumping off point for thinking about what to use in each market

This is way to much information to digest right now.  But worth saving for a rainy day…or a day when someone asks me about social media policies…

Too many to parse through right now, 5 minutes before closing time, but worth saving for future reference

Nice breakdown of the roles a community/social media manager needs to fill. Clarifies exactly what I was thinking this morning, which is that I’ve been somewhat remiss in the outreach functions of our social media (what he calls the “friend” and the “recruiter”). Now that I’ve got the editorial/curation bit down pat, it’s time to take a step back and look at the other parts.

Step 1:

We link to Sudan Watch on our Sudan special report page

Step 2:

Sudan Watch catches it and links back to us in a generic post…

Step 3:

@rovingbandit picks it up and sends out the link on twitter…

Step 4:

I catch @rovingbandit’s tweet (and, later, the Sudan Watch post itself when I check my RSS reader) and write Sudan Watch a thank you email…

Step 5:

The Sudan Watch editor asks for permission to publish my email, which contains even better direct links to the special report page and the RSS feed!

Will be very interesting to watch the effect this has on traffic.  Making a note that the original Sudan Watch post went up yesterday (March 16) and the follow-up will go up today or tomorrow (March 17) to see if it correlates with a spike.

UPDATE: The email was posted here on Friday March 19!


I really feel very strongly that we need to take advantage of the way digital tools are empowering us to build powerful relationships.  Relationships can help us provide a better service to our audience by helping them access stories and angles we can’t or don’t cover.  Relationships can help us do our jobs better by getting us access to people who are developing useful tools.  Relationships can help us work with existing communities to improve our products based on their ideas and feedback and input. 

This example just goes to show that even a gesture as small as a link in a blogroll or a single email can have a big impact.

From RWW - 3 services that mine Twitter connections to reveal useful information.  The post suggests such services could be used to find new people to follow and to find sources to contact for stories.