I haven't been here long but changing a profile pic isn't that big of a deal for me. Some people have different moods or their feelings change about the original picture. Sometimes I actually like seeing different pictures
Uninvited Writer's recent change didn't bother me since I follow her on twitter and she shares pictures of Boo, but the changes are rather odd. Some people I flat out down recognize in spite of the fact that their writing style doesn't change! Dumb me!
Yeah, I get attached to pictures. Although, changes to peoples which keep the same thing don't seem to have that effect. Kinda like ProCW he used to have the Happy Sad mask icon, then he turned it into 4 of them different colors, that was ok. But changing completely just seems...idk taboo maybe.
Ohh! Yikes! Okay, I am guilty then...sorry! I guess since I can't post my real picture (see hub regarding my GF who is in the military with a high security clearance, etc.) I try to come up with creative and interesting avatars.
I would really LOVE to post our pic, believe me...my GF looks like Angelina Jolie with short hair only way more gorgeous... and I'm told I'm pretty okay too.
You guys have no reason to buy this as truth, I guess... lol !
Im playin with ya ,truly I am ,personally I think its just one of those precious freedoms we have , ya know to be able to show ourselves ,however we want. ( Im sure youre hot to trot)!we all are even in our jammies lol
Hehehe, nice theories I wouldn't mind have a pet cloud. Talk about housebreaking, though - wouldn't want it to make a little storm on the carpet!
You're close with the poodle (or even the cotton swabs in a roundabout way).
It's Wally. I was trying to take a picture of him jumping up for his bone, but instead of being interested in the bone, he got curious about the camera. The camera flash timer went off and caught his head in the corner of the lens. (the hubscore box makes it hard to see his face)
With the way the picture looks, it's like he's peeking over the "frame" to see what's going on. I liked the effect and ended up keeping the image even though it was a "mistake".
So why the cotton swabs? Well, he's a Coton de Tulear - "The Cotton dog of Tulear". The French basically thought of these dogs as cotton balls with legs (due to their fur) so that's why your cotton swab theory is close in a roundabout way.
I must admit to cruising new hubs for familiar avatars, they just jump out at you, so it seems like a good idea to keep the same one. Funny, I just scanned in a photo to use as a new avatar. I'm thinking of a seasonal change. I was wearing a jacket and it was obviously winter. So there.
To tell you the truth, and I lot of people won't believe this, but I rarely look at the pictures. I couldn't tell you which hubber has an avatar and which has what looks like a real picture. My wife likes to change things around in the house so if changing a picture makes someone feel good; have at it.
I think it's fine to change your profile picture regularly on sites like MySpace and Facebook with your changing moods, but I see some value in leaving the same profile picture on HubPages for long stretches, for recognition purposes.
I also believe it's best to have a photo of your real self, because people feel more comfortable with content that comes from someone they can see is a real person.
So, my preference is to change profile pictures only to keep up with my own aging.
I also agree that's annoying... but hey, there's nothing we can do about that. The ideal would be something like IM programs, where we can associate a nick to a person, disregarding the person's nick. This could be used on avatars.
hmmm.. well, I think I'd have to agree with the toad avatar do seem sort of like a brand...you identify the name with the avatar. Even though you know frogdropping doesn't actually look like an over excited frog and BadCo might not really be Johnny Depp-- you associate their name with that. And GT changes his a lot but it is almost always a shaggy haired bum these days so staying within a theme lol
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