Google+ Jumps on the Cover Photo Bandwagon

So you’re finally getting the hang of your Facebook page’s new Timeline format and you think it’s time to rest on your laurels and settle back into your old social media routine. Think again.

If your business maintains a Google+ page (and if not, why not?), you may have had a bit of a surprise in store for you upon signing in to your account Wednesday morning. This week (barely a week and half after Facebook Timeline’s March 30th switchover), Google plus rolled out a new layout featuring a left-hand navigation panel, a new dashboard for chat, and (you guessed it) a cover photo.

The good news? You don’t have to change your current photos if you don’t want to. Although the profile picture and thumbnails from the old Google+ format have swapped sides and changed in size, they will still show up in the new format without your having to upload them again. However, if you do want to change your Google+ to cover photo layout and coordinate it with your Facebook cover photo for a consistent feel, then we have some bad news for you. You will need to make some adjustments. While Facebook cover photos are 850 x 315 in size, your Google plus cover will need to be 935 x 180 — almost like the banner ad version of your Timeline cover.

Check out how we’ve adjusted our Facebook cover photo to fit Google+ dimensions:

This quick video from Google (under Step 1 “Set Up Your Profile”) will walk you through the process of uploading your cover photo.

What do you think of the new Google+ layout? We’d love to hear your thoughts!