Facebook Guidelines on Timeline Cover Image

To control the use (or misuse) of the prominent cover image in new Timeline profile, Facebook has set out a few guidelines. It is important that you follow these policy restrictions.

With the arrival new Timeline profile format you are able to use two photos on your profile. The big one is called the “cover image” and the smaller one is called “profile image”. Because the cover image is quite prominent because of its size –Facebook has laid down a few guidelines:

  • Cover image may not
    • Contain price or discount related information (e.g. “Sale”, “30% off”)
    • Ask people to purchase things (e.g. “Download it from our website”)
    • Contain contact details that are meant for the “About” section of your profile
    • Contain any reference to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features. (e.g. you cannot ask people to like your page)
    • Contain calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”
    • Contain arrows or other pointers to Facebook site features (e.g. Like button)
  • Cover image should be at least 399 pixels wide (see the ideal sizes of Timeline images)
  • All the cover images are public –anyone can see them
  • Cover image must not contain copyrighted stuff. It must not infringe on third parties’ intellectual property
  • You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines

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