A recent comment from a Twitter superstar got me thinking that some people needed a reminder of just how important their profile pics are – especially you there, with the default egg avatar, too lazy to take 15 seconds and upload a photo of yourself to replace it.
Yesterday, Reuter’s social media editor Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) tweeted a thought-provoking comment about those Twitter users who are determined not to change their avatar from the default white egg:
I have a Pavlovian thing that I can’t take you seriously on Twitter until you’ve updated your avatar from the egg.
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) March 20, 2012
For those who are unfamiliar with “the egg”, it’s the default avatar that Twitter gives to every new account. Many people get their hands dirty right away and customize their Twitter profile, uploading a picture, writing their bio and changing their background, but you’d be surprised how many people are content to tweet with this as their visual representation for weeks and even months after setting up their account.
So why does Mr. De Rosa cringe when he sees an account with a white egg avatar?
Not changing your profile picture from the default shows that you don’t really care much about your Twitter presence. Even if you’re sending out the most interesting tweets in the world, letting your profile picture languish as the default avatar means you either aren’t tech savvy enough to change it, or you’re too lazy, or you just don’t care. Plus, since so many spammers create accounts and fail to change their avatar from the egg, you’ll scare off potential followers who think you’re just another bot account.
For those who fall into that first category of Twitter luddites (and it’s OK, everyone’s in this category when they start!), here’s a quick primer on how to change your profile picture:
- Log in to Twitter.com.
- In the top left-hand corner, hover over the silhouette icon and click “Settings”
- Click “Profile” on the left menu
- The first option is your profile picture – go ahead and upload a beautiful smiling picture of yourself!
You can upload any photo you want, but it’s a good rule of thumb to either use a headshot of yourself or your company’s logo, if you’re managing a business account.
But honestly, even a picture of your dog is better than that boring old white egg.