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STOP Using the Wrong Image Sizes for your Social Media Posts (Here’s How)

Posted 02 September, 2015


Size matters... yep, even for your social media images. ;)

Problem is I can NEVER remember the proper sizes for each social network.

Seems like every platform has its own guidelines for optimal posts.

It's just too confusing!

So does it really, truly ACTUALLY matter?

The answer is YES!

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STOP Using the Wrong Image Sizes for your Social Media Posts (Here’s How)

Image size is important to get the most optimal exposure for each platform.

For example, for Twitter and Facebook, a horizontal image works better than a vertical image.

Imagine posting a vertical image on Twitter.

Here’s what it would look like:


I see this mistake getting repeated EVERY DAY!

While this image won't do well on Twitter on Facebook, it will do exceptionally well on platforms like Pinterest and Google+. 

The problem is -- there’s just too many guidelines to remember.

That is why I have them written down on my whiteboard.

It’s so much easier to just look at my board rather than Googling to search for the sizes.

Today, I thought I would share with you all the sizes for each social media platform that I’ve collected.

These would be for:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Google+

I’ll keep this post minimal and just show you the important numbers you need to know.

1. Facebook

Depending what you want to post, the dimensions are:

  • Links: 1,200 x 628 (recommended)
  • Visuals: 1,200 x 1,200
  • Video: 504 x 283

2. Twitter

As long as you keep the image at a 1:1 ratio, you should be just fine.

  • Minimum: 500 x 500 pixels
  • Optimal: 1500 x 1500 pixels

3. Google+

These are the dimensions for links and visuals:

  • Links: Minimum width of 497 pixels x 279
  • Visuals: 800 x 1,200

4. Pinterest

Pinterest recommends advertisers use images with a minimum width of 600 pixels and a height between 900 pixels and 2100 pixels.

  • Minimum width: 600 x (900 to 1200)

5. Instagram

Instagram is pretty straight forward. Keep the image a square.

For optimal quality I’d go with a:

  • 1,080 x 1,080 image.

Summing up

It's important to stay up-to-date with the latest image size dimensions for your social media posts.

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There are a lot of numbers to remember for sure. Bookmark this page and share it with your friends to keep them updated.

In no time, you’ll be a pro at optimizing all the visuals for your social media posts. When you do, you'll get the maximum exposure for engagement!

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