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Google+'s New Cover Photos Are Large and in Charge

Mar 6 2013 - 11:20am

Google Plus introduced giant cover photos [1] today, along with several other features intended to make the social network (literally) bigger and better.

The skinny Facebook Timeline [2]-esque panoramas are no more — the new full-size photos occupy nearly half the screen.

The cover photos aren't the only changes on Google Plus. The About tab is redesigned, and a brand-new feature is Reviews, which compiles all of your restaurant and point of interest reviews from Google Local [3] (assuming that you actually use Google Local instead of other recommendation engines like Yelp).

The new Google Plus improvements are still rolling out to users, so you may not see the profile updates just yet. But until then, you can look at Google+'s new large and in charge cover photo, plus the redesigned About page and Reviews tab, right here.

A nice little surprise on our own Google Plus profile [4] this morning.

Profiles will now feature a goliath 2120 x 1192 pixel banner image across the top, which will display in 16:9 aspect ratio (most common for TVs and computer displays) when fully expanded.

The cover photo will collapse into a menu bar showing your name and profile picture. This menu bar now will stay fixed as you scroll down the profile.

The About tab on Google Plus profiles is getting more visual too, with different colored "cards" for Education, Work, Basic Information, etc. and a dedicated Edit button for each.

Is bigger really better on Google+ profiles? What do you think?

There is a new Reviews tab that pulls reviews from Google Local.

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