It’s time to stop yoking around with your Twitter profile picture
I’m Twitter-obsessive. No apologies. Twitter rocks.
I also feel I’ve got the hang of it, but not just mechanically. After a couple of years of trial and error, I’m accomplishing the objectives I have for the medium.
I’m getting the Twitterati to read and share my work. I’m discovering great content and resources. I’m expanding my influence, albeit at a slow and steady pace. But, mostly, I’m building relationships.
Relationships begin with an introduction.
In the case of Twitter (and social media in general), your profile picture is a big part of that introduction—your first impression.
What do you do when you meet someone for the first time?
You shake their hand. You tell them your name. You smile, I hope. “Nice to meet you” isn’t an amazing opening line, but provided you’re sincere it’s a reasonable place to start.
Have you taken these common-sense practices to Twitter? It never ceases to amaze me how many people don’t. They want to be creative. Kooky. Show-offy. Mysterious. All kinds of things. Sometimes they’re just plain clueless.
These alternate strategies suck eggs.
Granted, that is my opinion; but hey, it happens to be my story.
My opinion is you should be conventional with your Twitter picture. That box where you can upload anything you want, provided it’s no taller or wider than 160 pixels, should be populated by a nice photo of you.
- Have it shot by someone who can handle a camera.
- Have the photo well-lit.
- Crop it as a close-up.
- Look into the lens.
But Twitter profile pictures are all over the place.
It’s clear that many a tweep doesn’t see it my way. They see the 160px square as an opportunity for self-expression.
Here’s what I see when I see such profiles. (more…)