Friends, if you haven’t heard, as of March 30- TOMORROW- all of our Churches Facebook pages will need to have a cover photo, custom application buttons and a profile picture as they are automatically converted to the new page format.
The new format gives us the chance to visually display our church. It’s exciting and a bit scary. The biggest challenge and change is the cover image or the large image on the top of your page. Here are some details on their requirements and how your church can best use this change to your advantage:
1. ) Facebook’s definition of a cover images is a unique image that represents your Page. (I think it would be helpful to include some suggestions here: “Pictures of your building, church members, activities, pastor etc are all good options. Keep it friendly and welcoming for those who are just investigating your church and may come to visit.”
Cover images must be at least 399 pixels wide (max 319 x 850) and may not contain:
- Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”
- Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section
- References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
- Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”
All cover images are public, which means anyone visiting your Page will be able to see the image you choose. Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property. You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines.
2.) The profile images have changed to 180 x 180 (is that bigger or smaller?). Try to use the church logo or something without a lot of words as it is cropped to 30×30 on every post.
3.) Custom tabs will replace the left nav. You can showcase 4 applications. Default applications are the # of likes, photos, and other links that used to appear below your profile picture. The image sizes are 111 x 74.
For more information about the new items you will see with the new timeline for pages visit: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/7-new-facebook-changes-impacting-businesses/