True, the headshots can be so small as to barely indicate human versus plant existence – especially on a smartphone – but they’re a start.
What amazes me is how so many people make such bad choices when it comes to their photos. “Bad” as in:
- Cutting what is obviously a couples photo in half. (We can still see your partner’s arm around your shoulder.)
- Holding your smartphone at arm’s length and clicking away. (Now we can see your arm, and it looks freakishly out of proportion to your head, thanks to the wide-angle lens.).
- Repurposing a candid from a wedding or other formal event. (Woo-hoo! You look like you’re having a great time, but your glassy stare says you're having too much fun to drive. You might want to use a different picture for LinkedIn, especially if you’re job-hunting or looking for clients.)
I share your pain. I just went through an agonizing photo session to update my social media photo. At least clients will recognize me when I walk in their door.
It can be tempting to opt out of posting a picture, to prefer the mystery of staying hidden. But it’s hard to take someone seriously on social media when staring at their default no-photo stand-in or Twitter egghead.