Photos are so much more interesting than reading a long block of text. It’s amazing how many users just scroll right over a status that only consists of text.

When I go through Facebook or Twitter I’m more likely to stop and look at the photo for a while even if it has text opposed to a lengthy status update. Photos are just so much more pleasing to the eye.

So what makes the perfect image size for social media? It’s different for all. Pinterest is mostly photos so what size photos are you more likely to click on?

Size matters, but the graphics play a big part in the click through rate – but that’s a different story brewing as you read this post.

All sizes are the recommended sizes and are referred to in pixels.




  • Profile picture- 180×180
    appears as 160×160
    thumbnail appears as 32×32

profile picture

  • Cover photo- 851×315
    640×360 display on smartphones

cover photo

  • Shared image- 1,200×630
    appears in feed of 470px in width
  • Shared link- 1,200×630
  • Highlighted image- 1,200×717



  • Profile picture- 400×400
    maximum file size of 100 KB

twitter profile pic

  • Header photo- 1500×500
    maximum file size of 10 MB

cover photo twitter

  • Post image- 440×220
    maximum file size of 5 MB



  • Profile picture- 110×110

1:1 ratio

  • Post image- 1080×1080
    appears as 510×510 in feed
    1:1 ratio
  • Photo thumbnail: 161×161
    1:1 ratio



  • Profile picture- 165×165
    appears as32x32
    Maximum file size 10 MB
  • Pin picture- 600px wide and up to 900-2100px in height (scaled)
    pin picture
  • Board display: appears 222×150
    board display
  • Board thumbnail- appears 50×50
    board thumbnail


Google plus

  • Profile picture- 250×250 (minimum of 120×120)
  • Cover image- 1080×608
  • Shared image- 497×373
    appears in stream with a width of 426px (height is scaled)
  • Shared link (thumbnail)- 150×150

This might be helpful when trying to design things like photos for your blog posts. Because each social media site is a bit different it’s always good to have the measurements on hand. How do you get noticed with your photos?