What does your profile picture say about you?

Have you ever heard somebody yell out “New profile picture..NOW!” after a photo is taken? Usually those photos are hilarious, but much too incriminating to post on public networks.

Social media is a place to create the best, or worst, cyber version of yourself. So what does your profile picture say about you? Let’s discuss some common types of profile pictures and what they convey about the “real”, or social media version, you.

(Psst.. Don’t feel too bad. I have indulged in every type of profile picture and have included personal examples for each).

Solo Selfie: “Look at me everybody!” This can be good or bad. Maybe you really are that interesting. In which case we’re jealous. However, if accompanied by more than 3 posts a day detailing your every encounter (from how you took your morning coffee to what the traffic was like on your way home from work), then consider one of the following options instead to avoid an inflated ego.

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Duo Selfie: A headshot of you and a friend or pet with a rad filter, great angles and kissy faces goes a long way. Even though you have to share the spotlight, you still have an opportunity to shine. Whether you’re twinning, winning or simply just best friends for life, the possibilities here are endless.

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Group Shot:  A fun photo of you and some friends can make you seem social, fun and popular. It gets sticky with the setting. Is this a photo of you and your friends post marathon? Or you and your bros in the club, ten shots deep. These photos walk a fine line between making you look like the life of the party, or the last person to leave the party..yuck!

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Non-Human: This type of profile picture is one of mystery. Do you love your cat that much? Does your dog really have the cutest face ever? Is your picture an inside joke with friends or are you hiding something? Mystery can be good, unless it creeps people out.

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Non-Selfie Solo: Use body language, setting and props to portray the most awesome you ever. You in a cap and gown, smart. In front of a Mercedes Benz, rich. In Mexico with a margarita in hand, drunk. All you need is a patient friend to snap at least 50 variations of this photo so you can scroll, edit and delete your way down to that perfect profile picture.

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At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which profile pic style you choose, as long as you let your inner awesome shine! As the great Dr.Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”.

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Surefire Tips to Taking a Perfect Selfie

They pop up daily on our Instagram feed. We’ve seen countless “Selfie Sunday” hashtags. They are the norm for Facebook profile pictures and the word “selfie” has even been added to the dictionary. But having the latest smartphone and complementing filters is not enough. Study these simple tips and you will be on your way to taking the perfect selfie.

DO the turtle to eliminate a double chin.. DON’T angle the camera above your head

DO relax and be confident, DON’T over pose

DO imagine your happy place for a natural smize, DON’T make a ‘Duck Face’

DO enhance your photo with an appropriate filter, DON’T over-edit

Not buying it? Check out these celebrity selfie fails if you still have doubts…
Celebrity Selfies

A few other things to remember:

Choose your background wisely. Make sure there are no photobombers, incriminating props or distracting scenery.

Everything in moderation. Taking too many selfies is narcissistic. Limit to one a week maximum.

Keep it classy. Don’t shoot a selfie that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing to your grandmother or your boss.

You’re set…Now snap away to shameless selfie heaven!