Facebook Timeline Covers for Groups!

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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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50 Comments on "Facebook Timeline Covers for Groups!"

Kathryn Booth
3 years 2 months ago

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…

3 years 2 months ago

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
3 years 2 months ago

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!

3 years 2 months ago

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!

3 years 2 months ago

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.