Guidelines to Follow When Adding Your Picture to Any Social Media Site, Including Twitter
When people add their photos, they'll expect to see yours in return.
If you do not add a photo to your profile, you'll appear on the page as two strange circles 'o_O'. That's not very attractive, and worst of all, it makes you look like you're not serious about your time on Twitter.
It has to be a good picture too, one that portraits you as both professional and personable-exactly what your tweets should be doing.
Remember, though, that the picture itself is going to appear very small, so it's a good idea to use a close-up of your face that makes you recognizable, even when you're no bigger than a thumbnail. Try to include a full-body shot and your expression will probably appear no larger than a couple of millimeters on someone's screen.
You'll usually be better off with a good portrait that shows you smiling and at ease.
That's easier said than done, and in practice people make a lot of mistakes here.
Spend any time at all on social networking sites and you'll see photograph after photograph that look blurry or are just plain inappropriate.
Here are number of guidelines to follow when adding your picture to any social media site, including Twitter:
1. Do not hold the camera yourself.
Showing your arm does not look cool. In fact, it looks like you could not find a friend to hold the camera for you, or you do not know how to work the camera's self-timer. Neither of those create good impressions-and neither creates good pictures either.
The pictures that I use on my social media sites have all been professionally shot. If you're serious about marketing with social media that's something you might want at least to consider too. You can either visit a local photography studio or use BetterBusinessShots.com, a service that will send you to a local hand-picked photographer who will shoot a selection of portraits specifically for online use at prices that start at $ 99.
Alternately, you can just ask someone to lend you a hand so that you do not have to show your arm.
2. Use a good camera.
Many laptops today come with built-in webcams. Desktop Web cameras are almost as standard as a keyboard and mouse, and even the cheapest mobile phone comes complete with a lens, e-mail facility, and practically a portable photography studio, too.
Do not use them.
Cameras like these tend to produce low-quality images with lots of distortion. They're hard to focus and often produce images that are grainy rather than clear.
If you want to video conference with a friend or a business partner on the other side of the country, your webcam will do a fine job. I use mine all the time.
If you want to snap your friends at a birthday dinner, your mobile phone is just the ticket.
But when you're creating a portrait that will represent you on a social media site, use a real camera. Nothing else is good enough.
3. Keep the backgrounds to a minimum.
Because you have such a tiny amount of space to squeeze your picture into, anything in the background is going to overlap with the most important item in the frame: you.
Ideally, your features should fill most of the frame. And behind you, there should be just about nothing.
You might be able to get away with a horizon line, the sea, or the sky but if the background is busy in any way-if it shows trees, parts of buildings, or your car-it's going to distract from your portrait and look Unfocused.
Find a nice white wall or a good high balcony and stand your friend, with the camera, directly in front of you.
4. Show yourself.
And finally, use your picture, not a photograph of your cat, your dog, your hamster, your favorite comic book hero, or some squiggle that you feel might do a good job of representing you.
If you're tweeting on behalf of your company, then you can get away with using your company logo. Other than that though, you'll need to use your photograph.
Social media is all about personal branding. It's about the connections you build as an individual and how you work that network.
To create those connections, you can not be a wallflower. You need to show your face. So shy or not, you need to upload a picture to your profile.
And it has to be a good one!
Guidelines to follow when adding your picture to any social media site, including Twitter: Culled from TwitterPower by Joel Comm