Google Shocks Google+ Users With Taller Profiles Covers

Mar 7, 2013 • 7:56 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Yesterday Google pushed out a new change to Google+ giving users and brands the ability to upload a taller version of their cover picture for their profile page.

Sara McKinley from Google announced it on her Google+ page saying:

Bigger cover photos, with a better aspect ratio. Cover photos are much larger than before (up to 2120px by 1192px), and they display in 16x9 when fully expanded. This way more images can be used as cover photos, and there’s more room for your selection to shine.

How big? Take a look at Google's John Mueller's profile:

Google+ Taller Cover Profiles

Pretty wild and shocking. But if you think about it. Who cares that the content is pushed down on specific profile pages. As long as the content is at the top of the main stream, it is fine. If you are going to look at a profile page, maybe seeing a larger photo is more important than the content in that individual's stream?

There are two more features Google+ released that got over shadowed (no pun intended) by the bigger cover photos. They include:

- A new tab for your Local reviews. In addition to your photos, +1's and YouTube videos, there's now a place for all your Local reviews. Highlight your favorite restaurants, or hide the tab completely via settings -- it's completely up to you.

- An easier way to edit your info. The 'About' tab now consists of separate cards (like Story, Places, and Links) -- each with its own prominent edit link. As always: you can share specific fields with specific circles, or keep them just for you.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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