It seems that there are new rules for Facebook cover photos and that these new rules now allow little things like, that old call to action “Like Us!”, and even allow links to appear in the cover image.
Back in November I wrote a quick post about these cover photos and the long list of DONT’s that applied to them….
“…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. Covers may not include: price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on socialmusic.com”, contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section, references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features, or calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”.”
Just cross all that out because as of March 6th the new rules are very simple… “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. Covers may not include images with more than 20% text.”
I hear that if you don’t follow these rules Facebook just might decide to deactivate your page. So how do you know if you have more than 20% text? Well; Facebook is going to use a 25-block grid and if your cover photo has text in more than 5 of the 25 blocks you are breaking the rules. Check out this cool FREE tool to test your cover photo.
Now it’s ok to ask your page visitors to like you, get your address up front, or even point out that new deal. I think I’m going to like these new rules!