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2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet (more info on www.goingsocialhouston.com)

I’m always trying to figure out what size/dimensions I need to save an image in for a Facebook post vs Twitter vs Google+. I recently came across this handy (updated) easy to read 2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet on the Constant Contact website which gives sizes for most of the everyday social media images you’ll need to post.

Since I try not to reshare images that I don’t actually own or for which I’ve been given permission to share… I’m linking to the article instead of posting the image here.

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IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics

IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics (more info at www.goingsocialhouston.com)I recently started using my first IFTTT recipe, and I love it! For those of you who (like me) haven’t discovered IFTTT, it’s short for If This Then That. It lets you set up triggers on your social channels that prompt specific actions.

In my case, when I post an image onto Instagram, IFTTT subsequently reposts the image in Twitter as a native image, copying over the message. It’s awesome! That way I don’t have to post it twice myself and Twitter shows real photos in my posts instead of Instagram links.

I got the “recipe” link from this Mashable article, “5 IFTTT recipes to share Instagram pics like a boss.” The article includes other recipes like automating your Instagram Photos being added to a specific Facebook album and sending tagged photos to Tumblr.

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Stock Photos: Gourmet Burgers

More photos taken in my personal project: to become a better photographer. I’m releasing these into public domain.

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use under the following guidelines:

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Tips for a great profile pic

Need a new profile photo? Check out Lifehacker’s “Squinch Your Eyes (and Other Tips) for Likeable Profile Photos” to ensure that your photo is perfect for your personal brand.

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Image source: bykst / Pixabay

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Facebook cover images — Seattle pics

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use for your personal Facebook cover image under the following guidelines:

Also — these images are from before I got my DSLR camera; and, some of the images may have been stylized or edited in Photoshop.

The view from the Hotel

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The Cathedral

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The view from the Space Needle

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Facebook cover images — Seattle pics

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use for your personal Facebook cover image under the following guidelines:

Also — these images are from before I got my DSLR camera; and, some of the images may have been stylized or edited in Photoshop.

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Facebook cover images — Houston pics

Click on the image to view the complete size. You are allowed to “borrow” these images to use for your personal Facebook cover image under the following guidelines:

Also — these images are from before I got my DSLR camera; and, some of the images may have been stylized or edited in Photoshop.

Skyline

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Houston Neighborhoods with pretty sky

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Instagram Direct

Instagram unveiled Instagram Direct, a new function that lets you send photos and videos privately to one person or a group of up to 15 people. This is similar to Facebook’s Messages in that it allows everyone in the group to see each others messages and responses.

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Suggested tool: LightZone, free photo editor

Need a professional-grade photo editor? I am a fan of Photoshop; I have friends who love Lightroom.These are great tools, but they can be costly. Lifehacker recommends LightZone as a Lightroom alternative. “The program lets you quickly manipulate a batch of photos, with great effects and styles and finely adjustable tools.” The best part? It’s free!

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SOURCE: LightZone Is a Free, Awesome Photo Editor and Alternative to Lightroom || Lifehacker

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Sources for free images

If you’re like me, you are always looking for images (free images) that you can use with your blog posts. On this site, I rarely include images. On HispanicHouston.com and SandraSays.com frequently include them. My favorite source is Flickr‘s creative commons. I make sure I give attribution and that the photo license includes commercial use.

I’ve pulled together a few articles and posts to help you find additional sources, or give you a reason why this is important.

Free Technology for Tachers shared “Use Bing to Find Public Domain Images.” Bing is a source I hadn’t tried myself. I have bookmarked this to use later.

Wikimedia Commons has “a database of 18,083,944 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.” If you’re interested in donating your photos to this database, they also have a mobile app.

Free Technology for Teachers suggests Every Stock Photo, the Morgue File, Pixabay in addition to Flickr and Bing.

And, as a cautionary tale, PR Daily’s “How using Google Images can cost you $8,000” is a great read.

Related post: Free Images on the Web, shared Google Images, Flickr Creative Commons, PhotoPin, and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. 

What other sources do you use?