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These days, we are identified and judged more and more by how we appear to others on social networking sites. Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow us to brand ourselves in any image we choose to portray to people, such as potential employers, potential business partners and even potential spouses. So it obviously makes sense that, as part of that branding, you choose your profile picture very carefully. After all, it’s the first thing people look at.

But although it makes sense, it’s staggering the number of people who still don’t “get it”. It’s bad enough when they continue to use the default “blank outline” picture but where I start to lose the plot is when they use pictures of their babies, their pets, their favourite actor, or a picture so shaky and blurred it looks as if it was taken by a hyperactive disco dancer on LSD. I mean, come on, how difficult is it in this age of digital cameras and smartphones to get a proper photo of yourself taken?

Today’s infographic highlights the importance of making and posting a good profile picture, along with the level of damage inflicted by certain kinds of images. Minor damage is the default or dummy images and we go all the way right up to the nuclear option of using a pornographic picture which is a definite no-no – unless you work in the adult industry of course.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the infographic. Also, let us know what kinds of crazy profile images you’ve used or have seen on other social networking profile pages.

Click on the infographic below for a larger version

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Infographic Source: Visual.ly

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