My partner Linda Bass called me into her office this morning. There's nothing special about that other than what she showed me. Linda was seeing her profile's background image as well as other people's background image in a reduced size, no longer stretched across the width of the page. Here's what it looks like.
I thought this must be a bug or she's part of some beta test that LinkedIn occasionally rolls out. Or maybe she zoomed in using her browser. Being the curious and inquisitive person Linda is, she queried LinkedIn about this via the Help Center. Here's their response.
That's right. You will be receiving this update to your profile background image. When? Let me know when you get it. I don't have it yet. Plus there will no longer be a profile image gallery for you to chose from. It will be either the default version or something you create. The previous size (which didn't last very long) was 1536x768. The new size will be 1584x396.
Actually, I think this is a good change as the stretched version was difficult to render properly for both desktop and mobile. At least now there will be consistency across both access points and if you desire, centering your logo will be more sensible.
What's Next? When you receive the new size be sure to adjust it so that it renders properly. Until next time...