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Dress Up Your Facebook Profile Photos

February 16, 2011 | By Adrienne Smith

Dress Up Your Facebook Profile PhotosSo how do you like the new Facebook profile layout?  I went on a little tear last month shortly after the new layout was released to everyone.  I held off changing mine over because I just couldn’t stand the new look.  Even wrote a post titled “My Facebook Rant of the Month!“  I guess I just needed to blow off some steam.  I was definitely having a moment.

One of the features that I was very disappointed with was the photos.  I didn’t like the fact that the only photos displaying on your profile are photos that other people tagged you in.  Let’s face it, people tag us in the most ridiculous things.  I have a lot of people tag me in photos just to make sure I see them.  Why wouldn’t Facebook let us display our own?  Doesn’t make much sense to me!

Well back in December I saw a post on Mashable where they were showing how creative people were getting with those photos.  You can see that post here by going to “10 Creative Uses of The New Facebook Profile“.  After checking out that post I started playing around with mine.  I actually had spelled out the word H-E-L-L-O!  Okay, it wasn’t the best job but I was proud of myself.  Sure liked it better than the photos people had tagged me in.

So Monday I was doing some research and ran across a site called Facebook Banners.  I decided to just use my URL logo as the banner and play around some.  I uploaded the photo, resized it and sent it to my profile.  It automatically set the photo up for me.  Man, now that was easy.  Check this out.


Since I LOVE sharing cool things with my readers, I thought you might find this kind of neat yourself.  Go check out Facebook Banners, click on the pink section that says “Click to Create Your Own Facebook Banner” and just upload a photo.  It’s really that easy and it’s free.  You know how I love free!!!

Okay, one more cool thing before I wrap this up.  I found another post over at Mashable titled “HOW TO: Turn Your Facebook Profile Photo Into a Video“.  What will they come up with next!  Anyway, check out the post cause this is pretty cool.  They have a video along with instructions explaining how to go about setting this up.  I haven’t tried this one yet and may have to give that a little more consideration.  But it’s yet another option for changing up your profile.

Hope you enjoyed this information.  If you want to be a little creative and spice up your profile, this banner app will do the trick.

Have fun and be sure to leave me a comment.  Let me know if you’ve played around with it at all and if so, I want to check out your Facebook profile.  If we aren’t friends there yet, we definitely need to connect.  Looking forward to seeing what everyone will come up with.  :-)

Dress Up Your Facebook Profile Photos

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jon February 24, 2011 at 9:19 PM

What a huge coincidence; just today a buddy of mine pointed out the FBanners site AND the Mashable article. Until earlier today I hadn’t even thought to use those five pictures at the top in any nifty way. Think of the possibilities…

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2 Adrienne
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February 24, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Wow Jon, guess great minds do think alike!!! :-) I had seen the Mashable post and created my own but trust me, it was kind of pathetic compared to all these things graphic artist can create. So glad I stumbled upon the banner creator site because it sure does make a difference. Have fun playing!

Adrienne

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3 Kimmo February 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Wow, I’m like, totally trying that out. Sooo creative of people to start doing that.

The only bad thing about it is the so-called facerapes. One can now do the same thing – but on friends profiles. I.e.: I write bad stuff on your profile by tagging you in weird pictures. Guess they never thought of that when creating the new profile layout…

/Kimmo.

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4 Adrienne
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February 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Hey Kimmo,

Yeah, I think it’s a cool feature. The least they can do since those are the only photos people are able to access.

You can always untag yourself from friends photos or hide them on your profile so really, I don’t see that as a problem. If people say bad things about you, they don’t need to be your friend and you just remove them from your list. Problem solved!

Thanks for he comment.

Adrienne

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5 Dillon Rhodes March 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Nice post, Adrienne. Have you noticed how banners for fan pages are different though? The 5 photos do not stay in the same order! I’ve come up with some pretty neat solutions for it. Also for fan pages you have the ability to create a banner that appears like a typical fan page banner on the wall, but when they click on the image it enlarges with even more visible area. Great way to add more info about your brand without cluttering the actual banner on the wall. It’s more difficult to do that with the personal profile one though, as it makes you tag them, so if you do a larger image, it is hard to line them all up.

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6 Adrienne
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March 2, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Hey Dillon,

Thanks for that, I like things that are easy! Trying to figure this all out by yourself is a pain don’t you think!

Wow, might have to check out your site. I did the ones for my Fan Page and followed someone’s post on how to size them correctly, but they didn’t turn out like he said in the post. Darn it! :-( Thought I’d take more time this weekend to work on that. But will definitely have to check out what you have.

Thanks for commenting on my post. Always enjoy seeing new faces.

Adrienne

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7 Dillon Rhodes March 2, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I’m glad I stumbled upon your site. Tons of great information. I’ve already started checking out some of the sites in your “8 Cool Tools” post. Very useful. I’ve also added your site to my Google Reader to make sure I stay up to date.

It took a bit of figuring out since Facebook did not specify the dimensions, how they change in their lightbox view vs. on the wall, functionality, etc. It’s definitely a time investment for someone to figure out how to completely customize it. We’ve got it 100% down now though and typically get our orders completed in under 24 hours. We’ve also set up an affiliate system that is helping to keep orders coming in. I know your a big affiliate marketing fan from your site =P

Keep up the great work and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of me around here. Keep up the great work!

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8 Adrienne
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March 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Ah thanks Dillon, glad you are finding some of my info helpful. I love it when I stumble upon some great blogs. I’ve got so many tagged as favorites myself.

That’s cool! You are right, it does take time to figure out the exact dimensions but sizing it to enlarge is tricky. I’m sure you guys are getting a lot of business with that.

I definitely will and thanks for visiting. Looking forward to seeing you come back. Be sure to visit my Promote Yourself post and leave your info there. Tell people about you and your business. I’m sure it will help!

Adrienne

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9 Brankica
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March 4, 2011 at 8:44 PM

You are gonna laugh at me but I am here cause I came from Wchigya where you mentioned this post and not for the challenge. LOL, I am way ahead of A in the challenge.

Just wanted to say thanks cause I love how you share everything you run into.
I try to be that way too! Will see these banners and the Mashable video. I definitely have to do the image customization.

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10 Adrienne
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March 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hey Brankica… Welcome to my main blog! Great to see you here and I love that you followed from another one…

I didn’t get to finish the challenge. Yesterday was a darn busy day and I was just worn out. Only did 15 more but I will still visit all the rest of the blogs. Glad you provided that list for us. I’m happy to say that some of them are on my regular run as well.

I’m an open book and I love sharing and helping others. This blog is all about that where my new one is a particular journey I’m on right now.

Have fun customizing your own. Can’t wait to see it…

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11 Laurie August 16, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I am about six months late to the party, but thank you so much for providing that link on how to create a banner! I’ve always seen them but never knew how to put one up for myself. Glad I stumbled across this!! :)

Laurie

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12 Adrienne Smith
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August 16, 2011 at 8:35 PM

It’s never too late Laurie… So glad you stumbled across my post and found it to be just what you were searching for. Better late then never right! :-)

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13 Zainil
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October 7, 2012 at 6:33 AM

I remember these old Facebook Tweaks… ;-) :-D

It used to be real fun when I used to be use Facebook only for getting socialized with my people & keep in touch with my all my friends & not for promoting the any business activity.. :-)

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14 Adrienne
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October 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Memories, right Zainil! My goodness, how things have changed.

So are you saying you’re not doing that any longer?

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15 Zainil
Twitter:
October 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Its not that I don’t use Facebook to connect with my friends, but now my priorities of using Facebook have changed.. Before I used to like & comment on most of the updates of the friends, but now this part has reduced considerably… These days I log on to FB to wish Birthdays to my friends & then most of the day I use this social media for business promotion!

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16 Adrienne
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October 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

What you need to do is find the people on Facebook that have commented on your blog Zainil and connect with them. Let them know that they stopped by your blog and you’d like to get to know them better.

Don’t just promote your business on Facebook but help other people get their information out there as well. Trust me, that goes a very long way.

~Adrienne

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