Four Tricks for a Perky Facebook Profile Picture
Take a Better Facebook Photo – view video
We see all kinds of profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. I’m sure you have noticed the question marks, the animals, the movie stars, the beautiful scenery, the product or the ones you can’t actually see who is in the picture….you know what I am talking about. People upload many different kinds of pictures and images for their profile pictures.
If you saw your own profile picture on a social network would you be eager to make friends with that person?
But really…do you want to make friends with or join a dog? Or a beach? Or somebody’s kids. I know parents are proud of their kids, and me as a Grammie….I am doubly proud of my grandkids, but I don’t post them as my profile picture.
People want to know You and who you are. They want to know you are a real person. They want to see your friendly face, your smile, your eyes. (so take off your sunglasses) They most likely want to see you fully clothed too, so be sure you have your shirt on.
Awhile ago, I was chatting with a guy on Facebook. At first I was kind of hesitant when he popped up a chat window because he was wearing sunglasses and looked angry. When people send a chat message, I always check them out before I respond. I don’t know……Maybe I am weird but I have been proposition too many times, so I am careful.
Very carefully I mentioned to him about his picture not being very inviting, and surprising he actually changed his profile picture to a pleasing photo. What a relief. He didn’t look like a gangster after all. He was actually a good looking fellow. :)
Recently I saw this short article in our Sunday Paper Parade Edition titled “Take a Better Facebook Photo”, so I thought I would share it. Sounds easy enough.
Dr. Jeffery Spiegel, facial plastic surgeon and professor at Boston University School of Medicine, on putting your best face forward.
1. Stand at an angle to the camera. This will give you a slimmer profile and add interest to the photo. Try slightly lowering your front shoulders to elongate your neck.
2. Women: Looking up slightly will automatically raise your eyebrows, making your eyes appear larger. Men: Stick your chin out a bit to create a stronger face and eliminate a double chin.
3. Smack you lips together (though not to hard) a couple of times just before the photo is taken. This will send blood to them and make them appear redder and fuller. Similarly, pinch your cheeks to get a rosy glow.
4. To avoid closed eyes, try this trick: Ask the person snapping the photo to count to three, then blink on two. Your eyes will be at their brightest and most open.
Might I add, looking friendly and not so professional is also inviting. Be real, not stuffy.
Well, for what it’s worth and if you need the advice, go for it.
Make a better Profile picture.
Your Networking Friend,