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The importance of a profile photo
If you don't define your image, others will do it for you

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that the first thing we see when checking out a new profile is the photo. And if the photo you present isn’t eye-catching, or illustrative of your personal brand, you may miss your shot at making a positive first impression.
First and foremost, your profile picture stands for your online identity of who you are. The basic essence of a Profile Picture is equal to proving ownership of a profile. There is a real person behind this profile.
Just choose one of many different types:  
      Professional or Casual
      Real or Imagined
      Kids or Pets
      Brand logo, Clip Art, Artistic Expression.
You can say a lot about yourself by using a representative image instead of the obvious photographic choice. Don't waste your chance.
And you can say a lot by not showing one (unfortunately you are just leaving someone else to fill in the blanks. And usually that does not help).
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Alex Garcia's profile photoHans Boldt's profile photoRicardo Nuno Silva's profile photo
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User #6 thinks the person can't figure out digital imagery.
 
Actually +Hans Boldt I was going to put the last image as nobody believes you don't have a camera or don't know how to upload a photo.
 
Thanks, +Alex Garcia, for the post. I think many people don't realize:
- the photo is the quickest tool for being recognized, not the name
- the different credibility of using a virtual image instead of a real one
- the disruption it causes (for everybody else) when the picture is changed
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