Who votes for a larger profile picture on our hubs?
The minimum avatar size I would be happy with is only 100px. That is twice the size of our current minuscule 50 px avatars. Because many of my Hub Titles occupy 2 lines, the lay-out would look better too.
What do you think?
The avatar size may be a distraction from the article. I'm concerned with provocative photos enticing readers because of the pic and not the content.
I do. I'm all for a HUGE avatar, something like 560x560 in the middle of the page.
I vote for having a larger avatar. It's not that I'm vain, it is just a matter of branding and having an avatar that is recognizable across all avenues, whether it be HubPages, my personal blog, or my personal web page - I think they all should be consistent. The small avatar shows up as a blur to me and now I find that I don't recognize most of the avatars used on HP. Since HubPages made the change, I have had to take my unrecognizable photo off my profile page and exchange it with a symbol to represent me.
I do a lot of online networking, so branding is important to me. I helps people become familiar with me and whether they see my face in a blog post or social sharing site, they can be sure it's me and not someone else with a similar user name.
I also think the author's pic should be larger as it is a significant factor in regards to the very presence of the hub, is it not! Why play it down?
Increasing the size would also allow the words - "This article is subject to copyright" to be added to the page and thus endorse the overall message re article theft.
I like the idea of returning to a larger author avatar. And a "Read more hubs by this author" link.
I'd like to see avatars larger on Hubs, thanks for posting this thread Sue.
Please don't let this thread fall into oblivion. Many of us would like a slightly bigger profile picture. Janderson's idea is great. Please keep posting until we get a response.
Anyone there at HP?
Seems to me that HP has 2 choices...
They can leave things as they are with the small pics.
They can enlarge the pic as requested and go into full-blown moderation mode with the avatars as they do with the hubs.
My minority opinion is that HP leaves things as they are.
Amazingly my current little black square looks darn good on my hubs. Fits perfectly with the new format; in fact, it actually appears to be a part of the format itself.
I'm not quite getting this. Are you saying HP has made the avatar tiny, because they don't like the look of some of them?
That is one of my theories. Snakes, green cats (that one was one of mine), feet with lipstick on them, upside-down head shots, jumping frogs, bathing suit pics, armpits, cats, dogs, and pretty much anything even slightly out of the ordinary would probably be banished for the sake of a professionally appearing hub.
Instead, HP just decided to make the pics really small. Again, just a theory.
From Jason's comments its all about keeping the authors in their place!
"The profile photo is now about the size of the standard Blogger and Wordpress author photo, and we wanted to make sure that the content of the Hub itself wasn't upstaged by it. It's similar to the kind of byline you'll see on blogs and online papers."
"Thank you for your feedback, although we've given this a lot of thought and are not likely to change it. The focus on a Hub is the Hub's content, and additional places to read related material, although both the avatar and username are linked if a reader wants to learn more about the author."
Thanks Janderson. So the avatar size issue is covered in three threads now. There is still hope for us...
http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/99402?p … ost2134781
That's an idea Janderson. But it may be more simple to just enlarge the current avatar to 100x100 px instead of 50.
HP are unlikely to change their mind on this and allow 100x100 images, because despite hubbers having their own SUBS, they do not want the author stuff to distract from the reading of the article. Puting it in the LIFT has the following advantages that may address their objections.
=> It gets the avatar off the article and shoves it to the side
=> It stops any delays in loading the image - which is why the other stuff is in the LIFT - It also means it can be larger.
=> It adds a copyright statement for the author
=> It recognises the author without distracting the reader. The avatar can be larger in the LIFT because it is off to the side.
=> Add google adds to the profile pages to counter lost revenue potential.
Yep, biguns! I cannot see my own forked tongue in these thumbnail photos!
A slightly larger picture on the hub would be nice. I do like the overall even look with the small one and that fact it points out how many followers you have. (Normally the more followers the more random people trust a writer <--true story)
Instead of arguing maybe there can be an overall choice each hubber can make for all of his or her articles. Aka choose between no picture, small picture, medium picture, large picture. Something like that will please everyone.
I too think the current Avatar pic is too small. It makes it very hard to recognise hubbers as individuals and takes away any 'brand' the authors are trying to build online. Double the current size would work for me, or as Thranax says, let each Hubber choose for themselves, after all, our subdomain is supposed to effectively be our own website isn't it?
Thanks everyone for your replies. Let us hope HP are listening and will agree to enlarge the avatars from 50x50 to 100x100px.
I have to agree. I find it difficult to immediately recognize that a particular hub is by so-n-so.
100x100 is a little on the big side, though, maybe a nice compromise at 75x75. I think it's plenty big and not super distracting.
I agree with janderson about the location. Otherwise, they would have to widen the bar it's currently in and that would push content further down the page.
What I'm seeing on my hub, though, appears to be even smaller than 50x50!
I agree that the photo should be bigger. Right now it is too small to even see what the picture is.
It should also stay on the hub, like the share buttons when a person scrolls down a page. I'm not sure if this is what is meant by LIFT.
Yes, above the share buttons in the "lift" if that's what it's called, is a good idea. Failing that, just make it bigger where it is now.
I had a look at one of your Hubs Paradigmsearch.You may be happy with your little black square. It would fit the design even better if it was the same shade of black as the top nav bar, i.e. something like color #1C1B1B.
But for me, like many others, I still don't want to lose my avatar and I want it visible, therefore bigger.
Around lunch time today (Pacific Time) we increased the avatar size of the author on the Hub from 30 pixels to 36 pixels (a 20% increase).
I know that this is smaller than you all desire, but in all of the options that we looked at, it was the one that worked in all of the scenarios of page layout and aligns best with other elements on the page.
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