identi.ca won’t accept the file I use for my profile photo, saying it’s too big. Not helpfully, there isn’t any indication about what the size limit is. Rather than opening Photoshop Elements 6, I decided to see what I could use online (in the spirit of exploring Web 2.0 further).
Out of curiosity, I searched Google (photos resizing online) and found many options (1,370,000 hits – and no, I didn’t bother narrowing it). Then, I checked flickr to see if I could do it through my account. Sure enough, flickr has a partnership with Seattle-based Picnik, which offers web-based photo editing. After several false starts (Firefox has been crashing a lot over the last several days), I used IE and in no time flat, had resized my profile photo by 50 per cent, saved it to my hard drive, and uploaded it successfully to my identi.ca profile. I don’t see any real difference between the original and the resized image when I compare the thumbnails on several of my social networking profiles, but at the size below, I can see some loss of definition in shadows and highlights.