If you have a profile at multiple social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., it’s helpful to upload clickable icons to your Web site, blog, or e-newsletter. That way, if someone wants to follow you on Facebook, for instance, they can click the icon and jump instantly to your Facebook page.
I’ve been experimenting with icons, and learned that it’s best not to mix different sets of icons. I uploaded some 3-D icons, some round ones, and some square ones, put them all in a row, and they looked terrible!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an entire set of all the icons I was looking for in the exact shape I wanted, so I opted for a meld of square and round icons, all 32 x 32 pixels. It’s not perfect, but the overall look is much more consistent:
If you upload multiple icons to your site, it’s important that they are all the same size. Standard sizes for icons are:
- 128 x 128 pixels
- 64 x 64
- 48 x 48
- 32 x 32
- 24 x 24
- 16 x 16
Several graphic designers make icon sets available for free, as long as you don’t re-sell them. *Note: some designers require you to pay a license fee if you use the icon for commercial purposes.
Here are some icon sites from which I’ve downloaded icons:
IconArchive - Check out their wide variety of Social Network Icons. I was tempted to download the heart-shaped Chococons, but I figured I’d get too hungry every time I update my blog!
Blog Perfume – I like these simple, classic round icons:
WebToolKit4Me – The Polaroid Icon Set looks contemporary and IDs each social network — particularly handy for social media newbies:
You can use icons in your e-mail signature line, as well. I just freshened up my sig line and added icon links to my two most-used social media — Twitter and Facebook:
How about you?
- What are your favorite icon sites?
- How do you use icons creatively in your marketing?