With so many social sites to keep up with, a profile picture has become a stamp representing us in ways we don’t even expect. Most of us choose casual pictures usually considering whether the picture flatters us or not. But a profile picture can go a long way when describing the person you are. It also can be surprising how it affects one of the most important parts of your website, TRAFFIC! But like all new trends, testing and benchmarking is the best way to figure out this mystery.
If you are selling your services, seeking employment, or simply trying to get known on the web, then your profile picture should be your brand. There is a good article on just this concept outlining how important consistency is. The constant uprising of social sites have geared the web into a casual state with more people leaning away from glamor shots and becoming more comfortable posting natural, funny or interesting pictures.
Either way those who want to read your blog, take your advice or use your services want to feel comforted by the human side of your profile. So investing a little more time choosing an apropriate profile picture that let’s others see the smart, savvy or funny side of you, is definitely worth the time.