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How to Add a Cover Image to Your Facebook Timeline

by Wendy Chamberlain on December 19, 2011

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Facebook is changing and the Timeline is coming.

The Timeline replaces the existing Facebook profile for users.

The idea is that the history of the profile is now a digital scrapbook of sorts.

Users of Facebook can now easily scroll back in time and see what they were saying and what they were sharing previously on Facebook.

The Timeline rolls out this week.

One of most notable change to profiles with the Timeline is what is called the Cover.

The Timeline allows users to upload a large photo or Cover right at the top of your Timeline.

Any picture you add here needs to be 851 pixels wide to display correctly.  The cover dimensions are 851px by 315px.

There is still some confusion as to what type of image you are allowed to show here.  Many business marketers are keen to upload an image that is basically a company advertisement, but a word of warning.

This is the message people have received thus far when converting to the Timeline:

Facebook Timeline Cover message

What exactly constitutes a banner ad or “other promotion” is not clear.

For now, it’s probably safest to choose an image that represents your personality and life, rather than a commercial advertisement for your business.

Your Cover Image is Public

Do remember that this Cover image, being public, can be seen by any Facebook user who checks out your Timeline.

Even if your Timeline is entirely locked down for viewing by friends only, the Cover image is still public.

How to Add a Cover Image to Your Facebook Timeline

To upload a photo, click the arrow beside the Add a Cover button on the top of your Timeline (previously Profile) page.

The notification we showed you above will immediately appear to remind users about what photos are allowed on the cover space.

Click the Okay button and proceed with uploading your chosen photo.

You have two options here – upload a new photo or choose from photos already in your existing albums.

Facebook-timeline-change-cover-options

Choose your photo and it will load into the space for your Cover image.

How to Reposition your Cover Image

You can then reposition the photo within the available space to line up the image.

Select Change cover => Reposition.  Drag the image to where you want it on the screen.

Facebook-timeline-reposition-coverSave your changes.

To avoid showing your image in pixels, upload a fairly high resolution photo as your Cover image.

Have you see any great Cover images?  Leave a link to them in the comments below.


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