Facebook Groups Get A New Design — With Cover Image

Facebook Groups Get A New Design — With Cover Image

The din of excitement about Facebook Timeline for Pages might be drowning out any news about a new look for Facebook Groups! InsideFacebook.com first announced this change on February 2nd, showing this group with the new design. But, I didn’t see or hear much more about it. Until now!

It seems Facebook has been testing this feature for the past couple of weeks. And now, all Groups just got the new upgrade!

One of my Facebook fans from Slovakia posted on my wall that his group had the new design on February 16th. See screenshot below – click to view full size:

Facebook Groups - New Design With Cover Image

Group Admins can choose from a large cover image or leave the default member photo montage.

Member Photo Montage

The default view for the top of Groups is a showcase of members with a nifty interactive photo strip. The member images are transparent but when you hover over the photo strip, full color is restored and you can see the members’ names as you hover over individual photos. Click on any photo to go to that person’s Timeline. (Note that doing so opens in the same window; to open in a new window/tab, right click on any member photo first).

The most recently active members are randomly displayed each time you visit your Groups. Members of my largest and most active group (860+ members), tested this out a fair bit and it’s clear that the most recently active members get “first dibs” on the photo strip.

From the screenshot above for the Electricity Room’s Group (taken last week), the photo montage is two rows of 16 photos. However, it seems now the default is a single row with 8 images, as shown below:

Facebook Group - New Member Photos

Group members and Admins will see this message when first visiting their Groups.

I suspect Facebook ran some tests with the 32 images and opted for 8 instead. Perhaps faster load time?

Now, given the fact Facebook clearly has the technology to create this cool header with a montage of members that is fully interactive, I’m wondering if this could be a preview of coming attractions in other areas of Facebook? Like Events? Fan Pages?

Hmm! HOW EXCITING!! Listen up fan page owners: could you imagine the power of having a dynamic display of your fans at the top of your page? Your fans would keep coming back to ensure their face/avatar was displayed at the top. Of course, I would like to see the option to have both a branded banner (narrow is fine!) and a dynamic display of fans.

Large Cover Image!

Guess what? Just like personal Timelines, Group admins can now select from a large “cover” image instead of the member photo montage.

The cover image dimensions are 802 pixels wide by 200 pixels high UPDATE: as of March 30, the new banner dimensions are 801 x 250 px (slightly smaller than the personal and page Timeline cover images which are 851 x 315). However, note that the Group cover image tucks behind the group’s opaque “info bar,” so I recommend leaving a strip at the bottom 30 pixels high without any writing.

Facebook Group - Add Cover Image

Facebook Group – Admins can add a large Cover Image

There is one oddity to be aware of: in some groups, members can upload their own cover image which displaces the current one or replaces the member photo montage. I’m certain this is simply a bug with some groups, vs. a feature setting. I hunted high and low for such a setting, but it doesn’t exist. I’ll keep you posted on what my members and I discover.

Meantime, do you have this new group layout on your Facebook groups yet? Do you like it? Have you chosen to go with a banner or leave the dynamic member photo strip in place?

And, with the upcoming announcement of Timeline for Pages, what features do you hope to see? Let me know in the comments below!

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59 Comments

  1. Lily @Catalog Template on February 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

    I hope I revert my Timeline to the old Wall and apply this kind of style instead of the boring timelines.



  2. Keri at Idea Girl Media on February 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Mari,

    Nice and timely post.  This is a really cool feature, and I am happy to know the exact dimensions of that banner image at the top.

    Thanks for featuring my mug up there…  🙂

    ~Keri



  3. Danielle McGaw on February 23, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Thanks Denise!  I was having a hard time finding the exact dimensions for the banner pic at the top, too!  This helped immensely!



  4. D Blecha on February 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

    We have lost our ability to message together, I understand that there should be a chat button on the group page, any way to install this if it is missing? Thanks



  5. Denise Sonnenberg on February 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Glad you pointed out the bottom margin of 30px necessary for anything containing text in your photo. Wouldn’t have thought about that until I had to redo something at some point.



  6. Erin on February 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Got my groups switched over today and went with customer banners.. I love it and would love to see it for the events as well 🙂  Excited for the new Pages to get here 🙂  http://www.facebook.com/immelifecoacherin



  7. Janet Garcia on February 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I think I will take advantage of the full banner option.



  8. 1johnsanders on February 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    this new FB format is ridiculous – It did away with my group Icon which members recognize – It posted a bunch of Pics me & our members already know & could contact if we cared to – What is the benefit ? None I see – It did away with my logo which my 5700+ fans recognized – Just don’t get it – am I just plain dumb not to see how it is a benefit ?



  9. 1johnsanders on February 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    & I see you had bunch of your paid people put up positive comments – Thats expected – They prob all work in the dept that created this stupidity – Just a guess 



  10. Klaudia on February 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    big thank you for posting that info. – very nice feature 🙂
     



  11. Sheila Starkey on February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I noticed the new feature on a couple of group pages last night. I like the montage as it shows those that have the most recent posts. May encourage people to participate more and gives those that do additional visibiility.



  12. Guest on February 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful
    May encourage people to participate more



  13. Mari Smith on February 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Exactly!



  14. Mari Smith on February 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Very true, Sheila!! I’m excited about the new design too. I’ve decided not to put banners on my groups as it’s rather fun to see the dynamic photo strip of the most recently active members!!



  15. Mari Smith on February 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Yep, plain dumb. Lol. And I deleted your other comment above. No need to be caustic, John. 

    Btw, your logo is now in the Photos section… plus you can load up a banner instead. 



  16. Shana Ray on February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Do you know of any brands that are using group pages to connect with consumers?



  17. Pitthagore on February 23, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    special txs 2 Mari S. 4 this help ;-))



  18. Wouter Kleinsman on February 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I’m really excited about the new changes coming up Mari! It would be a new way to communicate with the community. I like the timeline, it looks much more personal! 



  19. Woodarchie on February 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Once I put up the Banner, can I revert back to the default “Members Strip” ???



  20. Walter Phillip Snyder on February 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I’ve seen the upload “bug” on a couple open groups where I’m a member. And thanks for providing the dimensions, Mari. I’ve already taken advantage of it. I wonder if pages will join groups in allowing banners soon.



  21. Helen Warburton on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I set up a group page for my grandsons nursery yesterday but didn’t realize I could set up a banner instead of the members pictures. Thanks for the dimensions Mari – once they have provided me with their logo I’ll see if this would be a better option. Its a really exciting time with all the changes 🙂



  22. Sonia on March 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated on all the crazy changes they keep throwing at us. I like the banner pics at the top of members. I will have to explore the new options soon.



  23. Kyle Newman on March 8, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for this information Mari! I’ve been searching for a while for the image dimensions and other info on the new Facebook groups design, so thanks for posting the answers. Just need to design new images for all my FB groups now…



  24. Walter Snyder on March 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Mari, any info on the NEW new group photo. I just signed in after being away for a bit and see a larger photo area, tabs, and other changes.



  25. Debi on March 30, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I sure wish Facebook would make up its mind when making changes because, just as Walter did, I now see that the Group cover images I JUST designed are now going to need to be redone! It’s frustrating! Do we know what the NEW new dimensions are? I haven’t been able to find out anywhere. Thanx 🙂



  26. Mgiraldo on April 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

    With the new update, we lost the ability to invite the member’s of the group to an event. which is bad because an admin is not necessary friends with all the member’s of the group. Any ideas to go around this problem?



  27. Redz_jhie on April 6, 2012 at 4:10 am

    thanks wid the new update.



  28. Anonymous on April 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    You always know the answer for everything, Mari! I Googled my question about FB Group cover photo dimensions, and you were one of the first results to show up. I love it 🙂 Thanks for being such an incredible resource to social media marketers!



  29. Jefferson Faudan on April 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    with the timeline cover and pages, i’m glad to be getting new set of orders… just sad though that some of the FBML designs are made have to be set aside… well, they still can be used, but not as it used to be… there are apps available though… will have to go through them as well. 



  30. Help on April 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

    guyz i have can i ask question if you have member in a group 1300 you can still change ur Group timeline image? because 100times i try its not working any idea?



  31. Isedahl on April 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Hi, I recently created a facebook group and now I would like a cover image instead of the member photos. The problem is that I don’t have that button on the right side above notifications. I’ve tried other ways, I’m might stupid but I can’t figure out how to do this. Can someone help me with this? Ps. Is it just some people that have this opportunity? If so, can I contact someone to get this button? 



  32. Jamie Dolan on May 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Mari;

    Just an update; at this point users are still able to change the cover photo in our public group.  I’m lucky to have a good audience that does not abuse this and I have only had my cover changed on me once.  Still bothers me that anyone has the ability to change the cover and could put up something completely inappropriate.
    I’ve searched and can’t find a known issue or bug report on this. I submitted a bug report. I will update this if I hear anything.
    Jamie



  33. Leonie Smith on May 26, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Hi Mari, do the same rules apply for the Cover pic on Groups as on Pages? I can’t find anything in the Help Section on Facebook.



  34. Democratic Hackers on May 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    quite useful post



  35. Ali Raza on May 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm

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  36. Ali Raza on May 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

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  37. Ali Raza on May 26, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    i need a funny cover for my group where from i search for dis group https://www.facebook.com/groups/loveVslovers/



  38. Sanjayjhon on May 29, 2012 at 3:05 am

    what can i do to earn money farm facebook ?



  39. Sandlinawhite on June 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

    My groUp has no nEW changes..can someone help me how to get it
     



  40. kallol on June 4, 2012 at 1:53 am

    if i want a open a face book group have i need a fan page?



  41. Tricia Bravante on June 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

    can I use animated gif?



  42. Jaye on June 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Hi, got a question for you. My group is at http://www.facebook.com/groups/cumberlandtradingpost. A friend of mine added people to the group and they are all showing up on the Wall, example below. I can’t delete these “posts” and neither can she. I just created the group yesterday. I’ve searched high and low for an answer to why this is showing up.
    Angela Walker added Mary Catherine Bellamy Williams to the group.Like ·  · Unfollow Post · 10 hours ago



  43. purplmama on August 4, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Hi Mari,

    I don’t show the option to add a cover for my new group. Is there a member minimum for this to be enabled?

    Thanks!



  44. Georgia Jenkins on August 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Lost in fog. Have no idea about setting up. use Facebook in Empower Dave group and a couple of others, but haven’t set own up. Could use suggestions.



  45. timothy farrand on September 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I have a group on fb for a game called bingo blitz .. im trying to find out how to make banners for holidays .. would you know how and can you help me please .. thank you



  46. Ariko D' Hagana on October 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Thank You very much Mari, Now my Group have it’s own Cover Image 🙂



  47. Carl Mason-Liebenberg on December 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Mari, I was searching high and low for that feature….



  48. Herwin Hadameck on December 25, 2012 at 3:51 am

    thx a lot for this information – so now I can change the picture of my group the right way!
    Have a nice christmas and a happy new year!
    Greetings from Germany – Herwin



  49. worldwidewifi.co on January 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Just hover over the middle of the last pic to your right. It will appear.



  50. Donna Williams Thompson on February 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    My timeline photo’s have been the same for a very long time. Does change like it use to.. how an I correct that?



  51. JEK Travels on March 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Quick question when posting to a group to leave a comment how do I get my profile picture to show up in the top on display like other members



  52. Donna Russo Morin on March 25, 2013 at 8:41 am

    My picture never shows up on my groups’s banners when I comment. Is it something in my settings? Thanks very much.



  53. Carlos Sarcinelli on March 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for your help, information ! That’s size is very hard to find.



  54. Shujith on April 11, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Thank you very much Marie Smith… 🙂 I have tried almost many dimensions but nothing was perfect.This post helped me… 🙂



  55. Scott on June 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Marie I am glad I found your website. I am part of about 5 different facebook groups and I have never seen my profile picture show up in the member photo montage. Is there a reason for this? I always see the same people at the top of the page.



  56. Anmading on April 26, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I find the Large Cover Image for groups annoying. Is there any way to make it disappear?



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  59. Team Banners on September 25, 2015 at 4:19 am

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