Your Facebook Profile Photo: The Do’s and Don’ts
Your profile photo is one of the few things on Facebook that you can not make private. Even if you check and it says it is only visible to friends, that thumbnail is still visible to anyone
stalking looking at your profile. And if like me, your profile isn’t searchable, that doesn’t stop people from finding you in other ways. As much as I would love to live in the illusion that what happens on Facebook stays there, I know better (and so does every HR department).
Short of deleting your profile photo (and where is the fun in that?) there is no way to avoid this photo being publicly available. So here are some Dos and Don’ts for posting, changing, cropping and adding new profile photos:
Do choose a photo that is current and looks like you! Unless you are participating in a Thursday Throwback it is best if you keep a current photo up.
Don’t change your profile photo more than once every two to three months. Why? Because it is annoying to your friends, it confuses people and it kind of makes you look needy.
Do keep it simple and only have yourself in your photo. Couple shots are adorable and totally fly under the radar on this one, but you and a group of your besties just makes it hard for everyone else.
Don’t choose a photo that is inappropriate. Not sure what that means? If the photo can be described as sexy, illegal, offensive, or irresponsible, it is best you find another photo.
Do crop the photo in a way that is flattering, and make sure your thumbnail is of your face and not your chest (while I admit that I am totally guilty of this, I did it on purpose). People are using that thumbnail to identify you, and not everyone is great with names (me) so choose a nice head shot.
Don’t have a photo of your dog, your baby, your soccer participation trophy from third grade, or anything that isn’t you! I know this one won’t be popular, but trust me when I say: your friends want to see your face.
Do choose a high quality, crisp (i.e. not blurry), preferably happy snapshot that actually looks like you! (Halloween costume photos exempt).
What other Dos and Don’ts would you recommend?