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Changing Your Name on Social Media

LOTR wedding

I recently got married (in an awesomely nerdy LOTR* themed wedding) and changed my last name from Fifelski to my husband’s last name, Dalton. Legally changing your name and dealing with altering it on your driver’s license, passport, debit cards, online billing, etc. is quite a process. However, this process was equaled in tediousness when it came to changing my digital footprint on social media.

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Google+ finally gets rid of gigantic cover photo

New Google+ Cover Photo Size

Have you noticed that the cover photo size on Google+ profiles isn’t so darned huge anymore? It used to display at 2120×1192 pixels, which took up the entire page of some computer screens and made virtually all of your posts hard to view without scrolling.

The cover photo size was a popular complaint – and it was difficult to find a high quality image that would look great in the space, particularly for government agencies. Luckily, Google recently unveiled a new, much smaller cover photo size. You can still upload the larger size, but with the 16:9 aspect ratio it is proportionally resized – 557×314 on my screen. Don’t worry about needing to replace your image right away, as old cover photos are resized to fit well in the space.

You may also notice that your agency’s name, website url and circle info appear in a blurred box to the left of your cover. It’s actually on top of another version of your cover photo, but the effect isn’t weird. These are good changes, but you still have to consider the circular profile picture. You’ll still want to add some additional blank space around your official logo to make it completely viewable when it’s cropped to a circle.