Your profile photo is the first thing that visitors to your Facebook page will see. Choose your photo carefully so that it will reflect your personality and not damage your online reputation.
A picture is worth a thousand words and, when it comes to social networking, the one you choose for your Facebook profile is very important: it will have the biggest impact on how others see you. It can be better to change your cover photo more often than that of your profile.
Suggestions for a winning profile
You can’t beat a photo that’s both professional and natural looking. Make sure it isn’t blurry and you don’t have red eyes. See that it is well framed and lit, and that the background is neutral. In terms of framing, it’s better to leave a space above your head, and crop it at the chest or shoulder level, rather than having a close-up of your face. And finally, don’t forget to smile!
The resolution should be high enough to keep the image from being pixelated. You want to look believable. On the other hand, if your favourite photo is too big, you might not be able to upload it to Facebook. You can always reduce the resolution with image software like Photoshop.
- A self-portrait taken in a mirror
- A badly cropped photo
- A group photo that requires a magnifying glass to spot you
- A vacation photo with you in a bathing suit
- A picture of your kids, celebrities or your pets
Stand out from the crowd, without losing face
Friends and family will forgive your bad taste a lot more quickly than a job recruiter who checks your social network profile before calling you for an interview. Avoid any compromising photos, like those taken after a party. Remember that Facebook is a public space.