So, you’ve got a great profile but, so far, no one seems interested. You’ve tried everything: enticing headlines, fun information about yourself, everything…except a photo. Did you know that members with profile pictures are 7 times more likely to receive a message? A picture really is worth a thousand words.
Let’s begin: there are two ways to upload the picture.
If you know the name of your photo, you can simply type it in the box.
If you don’t know the name, however, don’t despair.
Click Browse? and search through your files until you find what you want.
Click Open? and that should send the photo to your management site.
Now, click Upload?. Your picture should, successfully, be on your profile.
There is much more to this, however, than simply loading the picture. Here are some universally helpful hints that’ll help you decide which photo you should use:
If it’s a profile picture, make sure it clearly shows your face. A blurry photo or one that only shows you in the background is not effective”showcase yourself!
If you want to send a specific message about yourself, then chose a picture that matches that message. For example, if you say you are a funny individual but then select a photo of you frowning, it sends mixed messages–this can turn potential suitors away.
Don’t get lost in the crowd; never use photos with a large number of people in them. This can confuse anyone looking at your profile. Try to find pictures that only display you or, at most, a very small group of people that you can easily be seen in.
Rotate your photos every few weeks; this will not only keep your profile interesting but you can also garner attention from people who had overlooked you before.
Use recent photos. A picture of you from college is fine….but only if you’re still that age.
Most importantly, smile!
Now, once you’ve selected that perfect picture, you might need to scan it. Here
are a few tips that can help this process run smoothly:
When scanning your image, make sure you do a preview scan first. This will help the scanner locate the image and ensure you only copy the picture – not the entire scanner bed.
Photocopies often do not scan very well. If you have a scanner, it is best to scan the original image to achieve best quality.
You might want to consider, once the image is on your computer, using the Cropping Tool. Cropping is an excellent way to remove unnecessary and distracting elements from your picture.
After you have selected and scanned a photo, you can upload it onto your
profile; however, there are certain guidelines to be remembered before you post
a picture. They are as follows:
The picture must be of you; do not try to pass a friend, family member, celebrity, etc off as yourself.
The picture cannot contain any contact information; this can be potentially dangerous. Do not include phone numbers, addresses, etc.
Do not include sexually graphic pictures; this rule covers touching yourself or others in a sexual way (this includes masturbation), sexual intercourse or the use of bodily fluids.
Your picture can be rejected if it is copyrighted, unless you have permission from the original artist.
Your picture can also be rejected if it is deemed to be offensive, obscene, or violent.
The photo can, ultimately, be the most important part of your profile; chose it
wisely and see the reactions it gets!