Your Facebook timeline sucks. There’s no cover photo, you’ve forgotten to set the profile picture and no one spends any time there. Basically, it is a collection of faceless, dull updates.
This has to end.
Your Facebook timeline should be beautiful and memorable. There should be a reason for people to return, again and again, and enjoy the images and content that you’re sharing. You can make a timeline that your friends and followers want to visit by making sure you have the right images, and they’re cropped to the right size. It really is quite simple but if you’re intimidated by the idea of messing around with images, don’t worry – we can help.
Personal or Page? Choose the Right Images
Whether you’re trying to spruce up your personal Facebook homepage, or you’re overhauling a Facebook page for work, for a website, band, book or whatever your project is, there is really little difference in how you approach this regeneration of your Facebook presence.
The key to all of this is making sure you have strong, striking images that you can use.
You might have some good snaps on your phone; perhaps you have a strong collection of photographs in your computer’s photo library. Alternatively, you may have the skills to create effective images from scratch.
Whatever the case, the photos should be appropriate to your page, and big enough to be viewed at high definition on large displays. In the age of Apple computers with Retina displays and HDTVs, 4K televisions in the living room, increasing with Smart TV functionality, high definition images are a must-have if you want to catch the eye of your readers.
Announcing Yourself With A Cover Photo
Open your Facebook profile or page, and take a look. You should see a large image across the top, a banner which we know as the “cover photo.” To the lower left of this is the Profile Picture, which you’ll learn more about below.
Now, the cover photo is a larger image, at least 720 pixels wide (bigger is better). Choosing low-resolution photos or images will give you very poor results here. Instead, you need to select an image that is rich, interesting and with sharp lines. It can be black and white, but colour works better.
Should stunning artwork or photographs be unavailable, or you’re short of images that are big enough to meet the cover photo width, consider some alternatives. After all, that big banner doesn’t have to be just one single image. We’ve previously shown you how to use CoverJunction, Tricked Out Timeline and Slicetige to get amazing results.
Profile Images That Catch Your Eye
A stunning Facebook timeline needs a banner, but it also requires a recognisable profile image connected with you or your page. If you’re going to be posting updates and commenting, this image is very important so that people can quickly identify who you are.
So, get rid of the pointless grey bust, and replace it with an image that speaks to people. Perhaps you’ll be wearing something colourful and eye-catching; perhaps the profile image will be a logo for your page’s produce or business. Alternatively, the 170 x 170px image could be integrated into your cover photo, using one of the tools linked to above.
The small size of this image means that you need to make sure that it is recognisable. This will be your Facebook “stamp”, whenever you comment or share something, this is what people will see when they look for you.
Sharing Stuff That Matters
Now, there’s no point making a beautiful, stunning cover photo and profile image if you’re going to fill your timeline with tatty, aimless, blurry selfies, pointless videos and other nonsense. Perhaps this is slightly acceptable for a personal Facebook timeline, but on pages it is a definite no-no.
Instead, limit yourself to sharing things that are as visually stunning as your cover photo, that people you know or who “Like” your page will appreciate. Steer away from the typical viral videos (you know, things like guys covered in Mentos getting into a bath of cola or other such nonsense) instead forging an individual furrow that people will want to be a part of.
Remember that photos that are uploaded to a Facebook page will be displayed in a gallery grid on the left sidebar, so keep this attractive by only uploading stunning images to your page and its photo gallery.
Keeping Things Tidy
Facebook offers various tools that you can use to ensure your shared items are seen, and the less polished updates and photos are hidden away.
Videos, photos and updates that have been added can be pinned to the top of your timeline, ensuring that they are the first thing that people see when they visit your page. To make this happen, click the chevron in the top-right corner and select Pin to Top. Facebook will refresh and the item will be pinned to the top of the timeline. Note that you shouldn’t do this to more than a couple of items, otherwise things will become too busy.
You should also use the Hide from Timeline option, found in the same menu, to suppress poor or pointless images and updates, or if you want to lose them forever, use Delete from Page.
Have these Facebook timeline tips helped you build something memorable and beautiful? Do you have some other tips you would like to share? Tell us all about it in the comments.