James Mayes

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Social media image size cheat sheet

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Google+, Infographic, LinkedIn, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

Something that’s been a pain to me in the past, and no doubt a constant pain to everyone else who’s ever tried to carefully prepare a social media page…. what size should the image be?

Luckily, problem solved. The wonderful guys over at LunaMetrics have done the hard work for us. Not only for images though, they’ve covered video preview sizes, caption box character limits, thumbnail sizes… everything!

Image size

What’s more, they’ve covered all this for

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

If you build, customise or play with images, videos, thumbnails or layouts on any of the above sites…. you need this in your life!  Bookmark, enjoy! Full post here.


Twitter’s own profile recommendations

In Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’ve written before on how I use Twitter, and included there some thoughts on what I like to see on a profile to catch my interest.  Thing is though, that’s only my opinion.  Is one opinion worth more than others? Maybe, maybe not. But in this case, how about some advice straight from Twitter themselves?

They’ve just released a short video guiding you through profile updates and ideas – take a look! Whether just starting out or seasoned user, you might learn something 😉


Blog: Reporting for spam on Twitter? What’s reasonable?

In Community, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips on November 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Got in a debate yesterday with someone reference reporting spam on Twitter.  She doesn’t, I do.  Twitter themselves want to fight spam and have hired more for that team recently – and one of the things they’ll no doubt be doing is building smarter algorithms to challenge spam accounts faster.

One of the main learning points for those algorithms will be the accounts that people have manually reported for spam in the past, so by playing an active part, I’d hope I help improve both my personal experience of Twitter – and the quality of the platform as a whole.

For my part, I tend to report the following types of account for spam:

  • Those who Follow/Unfollow instantly, just in the hope of bringing themselves to my attention.
  • Anything that spams a whole bunch of individuals (usually iphone giveaways in my case. No idea why).
  • Those that tweet nothing but promotional sales material AND @mention me without good cause
  • Any application account that causes my own account to tweet without my express permission.

The last is probably the one that annoys me the most, but I guess it’s actually slightly off topic for this post.  Returning to the point, my friend (she’ll identify herself in the comments if she wants!) says no – she feels everyone and every business should feel free to use Twitter as they wish.  I’ll accept that, provided those actions don’t deliberately downgrade my experience of the platform.

What I’d like to do now is update this post with my thoughts – but before I do, I’m going to throw it out there…. I being unreasonable?

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