Facebook Timeline Covers for Groups!

February 23, 2012 · 50 comments

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Over the last 24 hours, Facebook Groups have begun being migrated to the new Timeline format. 

Fortunately, unlike for our profiles, this change mostly brings a banner image change and has only minor impacts on the core group functionality (sigh of relief!) 

Click here to read more about the changes to new member group addition notifications

Now, the group admins have a choice of either leaving the default member montage or selecting a cover image/banner for the group. 

Default Member Montage View


This montage view “kinda” favors activity. I say kinda because it’s obviously biased to the very last few posts and not a true view of who usually represents activity in the group. This is the default view and the images will shift over time. You can hover over the pictures to make them light up and be clickable to that member’s profile. 

Cover/Banner View

By hovering over the default montage, you will get a little tiny popup box that will let you upload a new image: 

The dimensions you will need are 802 x 170-180 pixels, leaving a strip at the bottom, 30 pixels high of pure white (which sits behind some stuff and otherwise looks odd).  Some reports say height of 200, but I’ve found that to be consistently too tall. 

 Need to remove, replace, or reposition the image after uploading? Hover over the image again and click the pencil and you’ll get new options: 

 As you can see, the new Timeline Covers for Facebook Groups are really straight forward and easy to use. 

They give us a lot of additional branding space for the group without changing core functionality of how the group works too much. I like this!

 Thoughts on the new Timeline Covers for Facebook Group?

Love em? Hate em? Like the cool new montages? Got your group a new cover image? Sick and tired of Facebook changes? Let me know your thoughts below!

~ Kim ~ 
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Kathryn Booth February 23, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I had seen the montages but did not know there was a banner alternative! Nice! This is something I didn’t like about the groups, I enjoy a nice big banner reminding me where I am…


Rosemary O'Shaughnessy February 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hi Kim,
I like the banner , as it means there is that extra opportunity to build a brand within the group. Which is so important to stand out from the crowd within Facebook. Thanks for sharing the measurements and update so quickly. Take care Rosemary O’Shaughnessy @Social Media Training.

Ps: I like’s Dave new Banner


Nathan Gurley February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Hi Kim, Nathan here. Thank you for this information about timeline covers in Facebook. It seems like I just started noticing these and was not sure what they were, but your post cleared it up for me. It’s nice that you put specifics about the dimensions you recommend for the banner as it is much better to know these things beforehand!


Kim Castleberry March 1, 2012 at 2:23 am

Heya Nathan, glad the post was able to help ya sort out the dimensions for the image requirements without too much digging! I’m often guilty of including too much information, but rarely too little ;) Thanks bunches!


Julie February 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Such a great tutorial! I had been thinking about to create a new timeline account for my fan page for a couple of weeks, when I came to your blog, Thanks for the useful information!


Lisa February 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I think I will love it, going to work on one of my groups now. I love the new timeline for individuals. Thanks! Looking forward to timeline for pages too.


Lisa February 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I believe I will love it. I really love the timeline for people and am looking forward to the timelines for pages too. Thanks!


Frances February 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I had a facebook account ..But I havent try it.I think its pretty good..


Gwen February 23, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I really love the new face of “Facebook” page, time line provides a unique set.up in my daily post and collection…


John February 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

Hi Kim,
Thanks for the latest update of facebook as i am not aware of this update, interesting information. I hope this will change the look of Groups and also helps to increase the strength of groups

Thanks for sharing with us


Mike February 24, 2012 at 12:41 am

Groups previously displayed a small “group image” that admins could upload. I bet people often chose some generic clip art or a photo that appeared too tiny to be meaningful. Face Book timeline would be used by many numbers after this.


Ravi February 24, 2012 at 3:09 am

Oh!! so finally Timeline has arrived for Groups as well, Seems simple and attractive not quite confusing as was Facebook Timeline.


Kostas February 24, 2012 at 3:59 am

Hi Kim, I just noticed this change I didn’t know that you can do that, I will certainly use this tip for my 3 Facebook groups, thanks for sharing…


Maja February 24, 2012 at 5:36 am

I am user of Google + but I appreciate the novice update in Facebook.


Pearly Quah February 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hi Kimberly,
I am using Timeline on my personal account and wanted to remove it. Is there a way for me to do so ?

Thanks for sharing this information.



Lily February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Every time Facebook changes something I suffer from a mild panic attack thinking that I’ll never get it right and that the last version was a much better one. The same is with the timeline, but I’m getting it. Thanks for the tips about working with groups.


Sharon February 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Than You Kim
Your post was very helpful in setting up the banner image, I take such wisdom from your posts


JM February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hello there Kim,

In my own own point of view, this is very creative! You can entice people to enjoy you guys. This is another way to promote your business and stand out from the crowd. Being simple is okay but a little make over won’t hurt.


peg February 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

How do you resize an image to be the correct dimensions, 802 x 170-180 pixels? Thank you.


peg February 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I found a website that converts images to specific sizes. I converted an image to 802 x 175, and it did not work :-( I tried other sizes, like 802 x 170, 802 x 180, etc., but nothing worked. As soon as I click download, it boots me out of my Facebook page. Any ideas? Thanks so much!


Lee February 25, 2012 at 6:00 am

its a nice features introduce by facebook its keeps updating its features day by day to maintain its ranking :) thanks for sharing great information :)


peg February 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

I should say as soon as I “uploaded” my image it knocked me out of my group’s page.


peg February 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

Sorry for being a bother. I figured out how to resize using Paint. Facebook let me upload my image about 5 times, but I was unable to drag to reposition it. Now it’s back to not letting me upload an image. Maybe FB is having problems … I’ll try again later.


Kim Castleberry February 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hey Peg, any time FB changes stuff they tend to break stuff as well. Like you, I’ve found that the reposition option is not working right. I have not had trouble removing and re-uploading mine however. You might try clearing your browser cache to see if that sorts it out.


Lynn Brown February 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Just wanted to share Kim that I uploaded an image to my group and it looked great! I even had some members comment that they liked it as well. But then I noticed yesterday, it doesn’t show anymore – it went back to the FB montage. Not sure how you KEEP your custom image on your group page. Oh well, like you say, FB does tend to ‘break’ things as well. Good discussion….


Sarah Arrow February 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I love the montages – I think they make small groups really personal. If it was a larger group I think I would prefer the banner. Thanks for the detailed post on “how-to”


Kim Castleberry February 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I totally agree with you about small groups. I’ve left the montage in place in my 30 day internet marketing challenge group for that very reason. I like the fact that it’s biased towards those who frequently contribute (and have done so recently).


Lynn Brown February 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Thanks Kim for sharing this, i was trying to figure out the ‘dimensions’ so now I can change my group image.

As for all these Facebook changes – I vote that they stop for at least a year. Like that would ever happen, but can you imagine if they would just leave the platform alone for a while?

Some changes are nice while others I do not like. I think many of these platforms are just positioning themselves for the mobile explosion which has happened, but I can see more devices on the horizon that social media needs to keep up with as well.


peg February 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm

My new banner finally took! I just kept trying & trying; I guess FB was just being finicky. I still can’t reposition it, tho, so I’ll try again in a few days. I’m so glad I ran across your site, Kim. Very helpful. Thank you!


Donna Merrill February 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

OK Now I get it! Am I sick of the changes? Of course I am. Who likes to change? But such is life! With so many learning curves each day, Facebook changes annoy me at this time. But, like everything else we learn, once I get it, it is more efficient! My emotions tell me “Oh NO!” But then the left brain kicks in and this post explains my questions as to what was going on. Once I get used to something, it is easier. Thanks for the heads up once again.


Hans Schoff February 29, 2012 at 1:09 am

Hey Kim, again great update with info I was about to search for (but didn’t have to as you included the exact dimensions for the banner in the article). And what do you know, a simple facebook change that doesn’t change everything. That’s a change!
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liz April 5, 2012 at 2:43 am

The group I set up was to gather information about the endangered cassowaries at Mission Beach by community sharing of that information. I like the group setting as I can reeach everyone and see everyon who is a member but I also need to access all the information which is very difficult now without timeline. Is it possible to introduce timeline to groups or alternatively transfer it to a community page without losing any info?


Sam April 16, 2012 at 4:23 am

Strange that I cant put a banner on my group with alot of members, So I tested it.

I tried to put a image on my current group, But wouldnt work
So I created a group and tried the same exact image that wouldnt work on my current group, And the image worked fine with freshly created group.


Kim Castleberry April 17, 2012 at 12:15 am

Hey Sam, sounds like you’ve run into a bug. If the image won’t upload at all, be sure you file a bug report on the “Report” tab of the http://facebook.com/knownissues page. If however the image is uploading but not centering correctly its because FB has been messing with image dimension sizes this week on everything, and not all groups or pages are equally affected yet.


Sam April 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

Well I did some tests, I made a group with just me as the member, And it worked, But then I added a few members, Tried to change pics and it resorted back to not allowing me, So I removed the members and had myself as the only member and it worked.


Kim Castleberry April 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

Please report that bug. That’s pretty bad. Thanks for taking the time to test and report!


Jerrywhyte Obamwonyi September 19, 2012 at 5:33 am

Well structured and laid out post on how to go about getting the best FB timeline for groups, please Kim can you do something for facebook fanpage? just a thought though


Nizam Khan October 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Awesome! This is really helpful, nicely explained. Now I can add a timeline cover to my new group. Thanks for sharing :)


Navas Azeez January 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

facebook again rocks with covers for groups, really luv u Fb


Mitchel Reverra May 16, 2013 at 4:30 am

Great resource. I like the Fiverr idea as well as the top tags on Instragram but I’ve only scraped the surface. Thanks for the great list!


Steven Goldstein August 10, 2013 at 7:21 am

Where sharing my fb group, I would like to personalize it with a specific image and remove the default graphic which appears. (Not talking about the cover image)


Kim Castleberry August 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Yeah, unfortunately, unlike most links, sharing the group to other places only lets it pull in little icon that represents a FB group. Unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done about that at this time, sorry Steven!


Freda August 10, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hi, just recently discovered the cover ability on group page. However, I cannot figure out how to change setting so only an admin can change the cover. Can someone help please? Thank you!


Kim Castleberry August 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Only the admin can change the cover is actually how it works. Non admins do not get the pencil/edit option. Keep in mind though that if your not using a cover image (and are using the images of members) that those members rotate based on who’s been active and no one ever sees themselves. This is not someone editing it.


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