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Are You Ready for the Circular Facebook Profile Photo?

What’s with the circular profile picture on Facebook?

Since August, Facebook has been slowly rolling out the new shape of the Facebook Business profile picture. Over the next few weeks, your Business Page profile image will change from a square to a circle in your News Feed and on your Page Timeline.

Facebook is “forcing” all of its users into this new shape. This means individuals and brands should check out how their avatars are rendering in the new circular format and make the proper changes, if necessary.

Sidenote: Your cover photo size and dimensions will remain the same!

How does the new Facebook profile picture affect you?

Businesses with large, square-shaped logos may have part of their graphics cut off if their profile image isn’t sized correctly to accommodate the new circular crop.

Facebook Circle Profile Picture

Here’s what to do:

Resize your profile picture so that your logo has some breathing room around the edges. You can accomplish this in most basic photo editing software (like MS Paint).

Make sure you upload a perfectly square image to Facebook (we recommend uploading PNG images of at least 600px by 600px in dimensions to Facebook, because they display the best).

If your logo has an icon that people will recognize, use your icon as your profile picture instead (check out ours below). This helps people recognize your company when viewing the teeny tiny profile images on Facebook Mobile.

Facebook Circle Profile Picture

What if I don’t have proper photo editing software?

If you need help updating your business’s profile image, we have the professional software to easily do so (and make sure it displays clearly). Contact us if you would like us to edit your logo for you, so that your business page continues to look professional.

Remember, your Facebook page is your online face to the world and it needs to look professional in order to establish credibility with your customers! If your logo isn’t sized properly or is too small for your customers to see, get it fixed immediately (we can’t stress this enough)!

 

How to track down an old Google+ Business Profile Page

A question we hear a lot at Bytesize Media is, “Help! My business has three Google Plus listings and I don’t know how to access them or which email address they are associated with! Can you help?”

The quick answer is, yes! But it may involve 10 minutes of detective work in order to do so, and this is something you’ll have to do on your own (with our help via this guide, of course).

The goal is to track down any and all Google+ brand pages that exist on the web, so that your visitors don’t get confused about which is your official page, and which pages are outdated duplicates.

How to regain access and log in to a Google+ Page

  1. Log in to the Google Brand Manager dashboard with your main Google account or Gmail account
    Note: the email address may not always end in @gmail.com depending on how you initially set up your Google account.
  2. Upon a successful login, your brand account should be listed toward the bottom, beneath the section titled, “Your Brand Accounts.” Your page should look something like this:
    Google Plus Page
  3. If a brand page isn’t listed here, it means that your Google+ page is not associated with the email address you used to log in, so you can scratch that email off of your list of candidates to try.
  4. Don’t stress! Simply log out, and repeat these steps again with a different email address/password combo and keep trying until your brand page displays under the “Brand Accounts” section.

If your business has several duplicate or outdated pages:

Google makes changes to their services more often than Phoenix has weather that is above 110° degrees, so it’s not uncommon for businesses to create a Google+ page and lose it, forget about it, or find themselves confused about how to log into it.

Each of your Google+ business pages might be managed by a different email address, so you need to figure out which email address they’re respectively associated with (you may have to try a few different logins before you figure out which email is linked to which Google+ page.)

Have other tips, tricks, or comments?

If you have other great tips on how to log into lost a Google+ account, please share them in the comments below!