OPTIMIZED APPROACH: Use your secret Buffer email, a secret Buffer account, Instagram and IFTTT
100% mobile solution - once you've created your optimized image on your desktop via Pablo 2.0 or Canva or Fotor or Be Funky and emailed it to yourself, you can do everything else from your mobile (e.g. post to Instagram, re-Buffer while you're in a cab, on the bus etc)
Maintain Buffer Analytics - while you want to use Instagram to crop your photo, you do not want to post to Facebook via the app as you lose the analytics.
Regardless of which tool you used to create the image, this option allows you to post Tall images to Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumblr, Square images to Instagram and Facebook and an optimized Wide image to Twitter with only one image.
Do we really need a one size fits all hack when there's Canva for Work and Pablo 2.0?
However, I would also like to challenge your thinking by asking if custom dimensions are really necessary just because the different social media networks have arbitrarily decided to define different "ideal sizes" for images and because we now have the tools that enable us to create them? Should one aim to customize or optimize?
If we can optimize for multiple social media networks with 1 image, should we not? Money and time creating the images are not the only things saved; storage space (especially on the mobile phone) is reduced, version control issues minimised, and less filing and management of visual assets will be required.
Please participate in the poll below! Would love to know what you think!
Now for the real story....
While we have the luxury of crafting a 735x1102px image for Pinterest versus a 1080px x 1080px image for Instagram and hypothesizing about how to use fancy automation formulas to post across multiple devices, there are also 250 million children who are unable to read or write and 75M who do not have access to education. If these children were to form a country, that would make it the 3rd largest country in the world, tied with Indonesia, with ony China, India and the USA larger than it. Every child deserves a education and you can help to provide that with a simple donation.
TED prize winner Sugata Mitra and Pencils of Promise's founder Adam Braun are also working on a hack that will allow children in developing countries to catch up with the developed world in terms of education. To find out more, click here.
Would love to know what you think about optimization vs customization and whether you think using one size for all can work! Leave your comments in the section below!
If you made it this far down the post, here are three bonus hacks:
Download or Remix the template on Canva
All the IFTTT recipes I created
My Design Vault - so you can see how many attempts it took me to get this right