As part of my article marketing challenge, I’ve been writing a lot of articles about social media. Since today is the day that I normally write about networking, anyway, I decided to share one of those articles with you here. Enjoy.
So you’ve joined a new social media site. Fantastic. So you’re at the phase where you are setting up your profile. I bet you are tempted to just use the standard faceless image that they start you off with. After all if you use a picture, that fabled Internet stalker might find you. Here are some reasons why you should always use a picture on your social media profile.
It will let people know you are a real person.
People like to follow people. I know that sounds fairly simple. If you don’t have a picture on your profile, how can I know whether or not you are a real person or just some miscellaneous bot? Adding a picture to your profile helps people to connect with you more.
It will help your old friends recognize who you are.
Many people use the Internet to reconnect with old classmates. If you put a picture on your profile, it will make it easier for people to recognize you. I’ve been able to reconnect with people that I went to middle school with all because they could recognize me from my picture. This is especially useful for females who may have gotten married since they left school and changed their last name.
Social networking is all about discovery.
If you are trying to hide from someone, you probably do not need to even be bothered with having a social media profile. As far as that fabled Internet stalker, if he did exist, he would have found you already. Just kidding. On a serious note, if you are using online networking for the purpose of growing your business, you need a picture on your profile, period. Now what are you waiting for? Take a picture now to use for your profile.