There are fundamental rules of social networking that some people seem to misunderstand regarding their profile pictures. Recently, I educated a good friend of mine on these rules, and she seems to have started listening to the wise words of the almighty Geof when it comes to Facebook and Twitter Avatars.
The rules as bespoken by civilized minds are:
1. Don’t use an avatar (user picture) of you and your spouse, significant other or boyfriend/girlfriend.
Basic Rule is: Don’t have anyone you care about in your profile picture, your friends/followers don’t care about them, they want to see YOU and your beautiful mug by yourself. When it comes to Facebook, that is what your photo albums are for, to share your happy days with the person you most likely will be mad at every couple of hours. When it comes to Twitter, you are just going to confuse the shit out your followers about who is really tweeting.
2. Don’t use a picture of your animal.
I always wonder if one of my Facebook friends has been spayed or neutered.
3. Do keep a picture taken of you fresh and current, and alternate between pictures occasionally in your user avatar.
A picture from 10 years ago may look good, but come on, who are you fooling? Smile NOW! You are beautiful or handsome, don’t hide it. This also allows Facebook users to know you are actually paying attention to your account.
4. Don’t use a picture of a group shot, or with other family members.
Where’s Thelma? Oh there she is in behind Uncle John…whose account is this?
5. Don’t use logos from your favourite band, sports team, or knitting club, unless you are actually hosting a Facebook page (not representing your personal one) or Twittering on behalf of a brand.
This is your profile; it’s you we want to see.
6. Don’t use a picture of your children, nieces, nephews, babies, etc. for your profile picture
Yeah they’re cute, you’re proud of them, but once again, your friends/followers want to see you. Save it for your albums.
7. Don’t hide behind a picture of your favourite cartoon, flower, or bad fart joke.
That’s so 2004 when everyone was scared of revealing themselves. Big Brother has other ways of finding you.
You should never be ashamed of your picture, and if you can’t find one that you think is good, ask a friend who has a cell phone to take the picture. There is also photo editing software out there for your phone, (Instagram or Molome anyone?)
Your an attractive beast, be proud of it.
If you have any more social networking do’s and don’t you’d like me to rant about, contact me here.
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