Facebook Cover Photo rules were relaxed a bit more yesterday.
Facebook quietly removed the 20% text rule for Page Cover Photos from its Page Guidelines on Monday, July 1st.
There are still two sections in Facebook Help where the 20% rule for Cover Images remains. For now, I assume these sections have yet to be updated to reflect the change. I’ll keep checking and update you as needed.
The new Facebook Pages Terms, revised July 1, 2013, reads in part:
All covers are public. This means that anyone who visits your Page will be able to see your cover. Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines. (source, see section III B)
Truly simple rules, in keeping with the simplicity of other social media platforms like Twitter and Google+. Perhaps Facebook is paying heed to Page owners grumbling about their extensive rules?
Now, it’s great if you no longer need to worry about going over the Facebook text limit in your Page Cover Photo. But don’t forget the appeal of visual content! Your eyes first notice color, then layout, then image, then the first few words. Good, simple design always helps you make a great first impression!
But DO use a call to action in those few words you include on your new Cover Photo.
Know anyone with a Facebook Page? Share the news about the new and improved Facebook Cover Photo rules!