How to decide what size your personal avatar image should be on your favorite social networks.
What you need to know before spreading your avatar
In my 2009 Personal Avatar Size Reference Guide, I gave some rules to keep in mind when choosing an image size for your avatar. This year I'm going to keep things even simpler.
Since most of the popular social networks here below only use square images – cropping rectangular images when necessary – and they all show your image at various sizes, there are only really 2 ways of going about this:
- Submit a good quality, large image that still looks good even when reduced in size, or…
- Select an image according to which size is most likely to be seen for a given social network
I recommend the first strategy. It's just easier to apply because all you need to remember is to reuse the same single, good quality, large image of at least 180 x 180 pixels whenever you're asked to submit a profile picture for any of the social networks listed.
Use this first strategy with one condition; for the social networks where you spend most of your social networking time (like I currently do with Twitter), use an image tailored to that site's guidelines and/or restrictions, which is where my recommendations come from.
Some of the recommendations haven't changed since 2009, some have, and I've also included newly-popular networks in the list.
Recommendations for your social media profiles in 2010
A handy tool for avatar-making is: mypictr
Still the easiest tool to create & resize your avatar image online.
From my 2009 guide: “With mypictr, upload a large avatar image and choose the destined website or social network. mypictr then suggests the default avatar size for the chosen website and lets you zoom and crop your uploaded image until you have a match. Once you click ‘pictrit’, you can download your image or email it to someone else.”
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