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Current 2016 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet Infographic

By Kishore Sawh on August 18th 2016

There’s a good chance you’re reading this from a link you saw on some form of social media; like Twitter, Instagram, or the granddaddy of them all, Facebook. The average person under the age of 40 is currently engaged with 3 or more social media platforms, and if you’re running a photography business, it’s likely more as you try to extend your reach stay relevant.

The difficulty is, that staying relevant in a market that’s evolving at the speed of thought not only requires a lot of time, but also a certain level of fastidious behavior; there’s no sense in engaging with these platforms if you’re not working each one properly. In fact, doing them the wrong way, looking sloppy, is trouble akin to that old adage, ‘Good advertising kills a bad business quicker.’


In the world of social media a lot has to do with appearance, so you’ve got to make sure all your images are tidy and on point. As photographers, taking said images aren’t hard, but when considering all the various images required for each platform, and the restrictions of each it’s daunting and can require a lot of trial and error just to get one right. This, however, should make it easier.

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Digital marketing agency, Mainstreethost, has put together a series of cheat sheets for the primary social media networks, each with the specific layouts, dimensions, and format restrictions they come with. So you’ll see all the dimensions for Facebook’s profile and cover photos, shared images, and shared link photos; Twitters profile and cover; LinkedIn’s personal profile and background, and more. Here are the platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • TweetDeck
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube

NOTE* – Depending on when you see this post, the dimensions may have changed. However, Mainstreethost has kindly created a Google Doc for us that can be referred to and will be continually updated.


You can open this image in a new tab, save it, or check it out on Mainstreethost

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Empson

    Nice to have the info in one place, until they change again.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Paul, just keep the google doc link provided bookmarked. its supposed to be updated continually.

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  2. Thomas Starlit

    It’s new to me that ideal FB size for timeline photos is 1200×1200. So far, the recommendations I have found are 2048 pixels on the long edge with a ratio of 1:1.91 for “high rez” pictures. Maybe I got it all wrong?

    I am specifically thinking of the previous Fstoppers article

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  3. Paul Wynn

    Excellent, great to have all those details in one place. Thanks for sharing.

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