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About profile picture on the
social media sites.
Here are some guidelines for smart networking on the
social media sites.
Would you like to
meet a person who says:
with me, trust me, but I will hide my face"?
don't think so. That is the point for networking sites: picture is required.
Your profile is the most
precious real estate out there on a social media site, like twitter, Facebook,
YouTube, LinkedIn, etc.
If you are casual
about your profile on the social media, chances are others will also take
you casually. You do not have to be a software engineer (I don't know why
people always give example of a rocket scientist?), to understand that the
first thing we see when checking out a new LinkedIn contact, Facebook
friend, or Twitter follower connection is a profile photo.
Your own picture is extremely important in the
profile. We usually recognize a friend or old colleague or classmate more
reliably by face rather than by name. I know that there may be some
professionals who would prefer to not be exposed to profile photos from
people they may NOT know. This setting can be done in most social media
sites like LinkedIn or Facebook. Such setting will allow others to see your
picture only if you have accepted them as a friend. Having a good profile
picture may be more important than you think!
On one hand we want our friends and contacts to trust us, on the other hand
face are kept a secret; this is not a good idea, in the Global village.
If you have already put a proper picture in
your profile, that is good, but you will be surprised when you check your
connections. There are many who are hiding. Just share this important
guideline with them. Uploading a cartoon picture instead of a proper
profile picture is not a good idea. Seriously.
Not able to find a picture to upload on the social media site is not a valid
reason. You can even use a cell phone camera to take a picture and upload.
It is that easy. Avoid other things in background, plain background is
recommended. Do not put a group photo.
Do NOT put a logo in place of your profile
It is recommended that you put your own picture
only and not with someone else, even if you love or admire him or her.
Profile picture on social networking website is
not the place for this kind of pictures. For example, on Facebook photos
album or Flickr is just the right place for such group pictures.
I encourage people to include photo in the
profile, because it shows you're comfortable with yourself.
This is important from job point of view too. Yes from HR point of view - as
a candidate you would prefer transparency, and not look for associating with
a company which may filter bio by gender, race or age.
I strongly advice people who have still not
uploaded picture on social networking sites, to do so without further delay.
Think from mere security point of view. Have you attended a social
get-to-gather or a party where guests wearing funny masks? Would you share
your 'happenings' with such people? Sometime someone can easily get in the
crowd and impersonate.
Picture also makes your profile a lot more
pleasant and trust worthy. It is recommended that you take a head-shot,
rather than the picture of you in front of a Pyramid or the Taj. Sites like
Facebook allow you to make your Albums to show these kinds of photographs.
Do not put very old pictures. I would not like to exchange business card
with a person who is covering his / her face, in a conference or a
professional seminar, would you?
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