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The Many Types of Facebook Profile Pics
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Social networking is one of the most popular activities on the internet. There are many social networking sites such as MySpace, Friendster, Twitter, but of course, none are more popular than Facebook. It seems like everyone and their brother is on Facebook. Some people even have more than one account. Obviously, since it seems like everybody is using Facebook, it is crucial to have an awesome profile pic. After being on Facebook for so long, we've all started to see certain trends and types of profile pics.
Your Facebook profile pic is the first thing people see when they click on your page. Not only is it a good idea to have a nice profile photo, many people consider their profile pic to be a representation of themselves. The same way most people do not want to leave the house without looking nice, most people do not want to give a bad impression on their Facebook profile.
With that said, let's explore all of the many types of Facebook profile pics. There are as many pics as there are people on Facebook, but most profile photos do fall into certain types. So let's have a little fun and put some photos into Facebook profile pic categories.
The Standard Profile Pic
Many people just go with a basic profile photo. There is nothing wrong with that. When trying to put your best foot forward, you certainly can play it safe with a nice, normal close-up or even a distant shot if you are a little shy.
For some reason, most of these standard photos are taken in the bathroom, livingroom, or bedroom by the person whose Facebook page you are visiting. I am not sure if this suggests that they needed to take 20 photos to get the right one and decided no friends could be a part of this process, or perhaps it suggests all their friends are too busy on Facebook and not able to participate. No matter what the reason, the standard Facebook profile photo seems to be the most popular.
UPDATE: There is new movement to now call many standard photos "Selfies." I personally hate this term, but it basically means you've taken a photo of yourself and posted it online. Most people act as if selfies are terrible, and yes, that may be true if you constantly post them. However, a selfie here or there is totally normal, especially when they are not overly sexual. I mean, sometimes you are having a good hair day, and why shouldn't you take a photo to celebrate it?
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The Group Facebook Profile Shot
I believe the group shot exists for the exact opposite reason the Standard Profile Pic exists - some people want to prove that they do indeed have friends and not everyone they know is online.
Usually the Group Facebook Shot is taken somewhere fun, like at Friday's or a party. Everyone looks terribly jubilant in the photo for no particular reason. All of this is plenty of fun unless you are reunited or meeting someone for the first time on Facebook. If that is the case, then you need to somehow determine who is the actual user of this profile page. You'd better hope someone bothered to tag the photo!
The Drunken Facebook Photo
Oh dear! For some reason, people love getting trashed and taking photos of it. Do you know what was so wonderful about... oh, I don't know... 10 years ago? You could do something totally embarrassing and even if someone took your photo, no one posted it on Facebook. This was a great time.
Now, if you do something embarrassing while you are drunk, your friends are posting it on Facebook. As if that is not bad enough, for some crazy reason, some people decide to use that as their Facebook profile pic. I am still trying to figure out the psychology behind that one; something tells me that is going to need its own hub.
The Action Shot
Well, what could be more fun than an action shot as a profile pic on Facebook? Some of us (yes, me - I admit it) spend minutes (or even hours) trying to capture the perfect action photo to use on Facebook. Every now and then, a terrific spontaneous moment occurs and it is caught on film. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between.
Many action shots are staged on Facebook, but don't let that take the fun out of it. Obviously someone went to a lot of trouble to keep their friends entertained on Facebook. There is certainly something to be said for that.
The Pet Photo
Yes, I know pets are cute. Yes, I know everyone loves their pet. However, I still have not figured out why people use their pet as their Facebook profile picture. After all, people are visiting your profile page to visit you! So therefore, I want to see the photo of the person's page I am visiting... not the pet.
Now if your pet has their own Facebook page, that is another story entirely. By all means, post a photo of the pet on the pet's page. I mean, one may wonder your pet has a Facebook profile, but I am not here to judge.
The Baby Photo
Once again, the same goes for photos of your baby. Of course, you are proud and want to post photos all over your page starring your new baby. Everyone can understand that. However, your profile pic is for you. For some reason, people still constantly post their baby's photo as their main Facebook profile pic. I guess it is OK since it is posted with love, but just remember if your profile pic is open to the public, so is your baby's photo. Just saying.
The Anonymous Profile Pic
This one goes without saying - some people just do not bother to post a profile pic ever. It's weird and a little creepy, but that is how some people feel. I am not sure if these people are secret agents or extremely private, but there is no Facebook profile photo. It is rather sad.
To anyone without a profile pic and reading this, let me tell you what most people really think of you: they don't believe you know how to download a photo. So give it a try someday. It's not that tough.
The Avatar Profile Pic
The Avatar Profile Pic is somewhere between the Anonymous Profile Pic and the Standard Profile Pic. Someone went through the trouble to personalize and download an avatar, but they still not want to have their actual face shown on Facebook. The Avatar Profile Pic is also perfect for someone who wants to live out some type of fantasy in a picture. After all, you can't ordinarily pose with a unicorn in a photo, but nothing stops your avatar from doing so.
The Artsy Pic
Oh, some of us love to get creative. We spend hours taking the right photo and then decide to decorate it a little more. There are many sites that will allow you to "jazz up" your photo. You can turn your pic into a classy black & white photo. You can decide to go totally retro with a brown tone. You can go crazy with colors or add sparkles. If you are a 13 year old girl, this is the perfect photo option for you.
No matter who you are, spicing up your photos a bit can be fun. Nothing says you are the most fun on Facebook more than an artsy profile pic. Your friends will be jealous in no time!
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The Extremely Photoshopped Profile Photo
Nothing says "I lack self confidence" more than a photo that has been photoshopped to the extreme. How can you tell if a photo has been photoshopped too much? Did you go on Facebook today and see your friend's new profile photo shows her 20 pounds skinnier and standing in France? Do you know for a fact she has never been that skinny and never been to France? Furthermore, did you just eat lunch with her yesterday?
Yes, she has fallen victim an Extremely Photoshopped Profile Photo. Now is the time to sit her down and have a little "profile pic intervention." Help her now before it is too late!
The Couple Profile Pic
According to a couple of comments placed on this hub, the most annoying of all profile pics was not even included in the original version of this hub, so of course, I am happy to add it. The Couple Profile Pic looks exactly as it sounds. It can feature a couple kissing, a couple holding hands at the beach, or even a wedding photo. This is a profile pic that says, "I am so lovable! Look at me!"
While it is natural to be proud of your new married status or excited to be dating a wonderful person, not every single profile pic has to promote that fact. Every now and then, you can post a photo of just you, or even you and your friends together. Just a thought.
The Here's Some Stuff I Like Pic
This particular Facebook profile pic is very general. People like certain items or places and they just simply post that as a profile photo. This can be anything from a beautiful beach scene to something odd like a potted plant. Usually this type of profile photo is one step away from the Anonymous Profile Pic. Some people do not like to have their picture taken, but they do not want to leave a blank spot where their photo should be. So they kindly use a photo that is nice, something that represents them, but it is also not their actual photo.
If a person is that camera shy, then obviously, this is the best photo for them. I do hope they post at least one photo or two in a Facebook photo album though. Trust me, with the right angles, anyone can have a nice photo. Which leads to...
The Awkward Angle Pic
On MySpace, this type of photo used to be referred to as "The Angles." Whenever someone had a photo with the angles, you knew they were trying to cover something up. Perhaps they did not like a certain feature on their body. This person finally figured out a way to take every photo from a particular angle to keep that feature from being too prominent.
You can definitely see some photos with the angles on Facebook. On Facebook, I like to call it the Awkward Angle Pic. For some odd reason, people are a more open on Facebook than MySpace, so you do not see it as often. However, there are some people that still use this technique. There is really nothing wrong with it. Sometimes you just want to show off a particular part of your body or maybe some new shoes, and you take a photo at a weird angle. Usually it is cute for a while, but an Awkward Angle Pic should never be used as a profile pic for an extended period of time. It starts getting... well... awkward after a bit.
The Too Much Skin Profile Pic
I am not sure what it is about social networking that brings out the inner tramp in some people, but there are those that love to pose while scantily clad. I've met the sweetest, most seemingly innocent people, and when I go to friend them on Facebook, my jaw drops. Why are some folks out there posing with little or no clothes? What is up with that much cleavage showing? I guess you never know what people are thinking or how they really want to dress until you check out their profile on Facebook, or especially MySpace. Some people have a side you never knew about it and maybe it was better that way.
Now Go Take Some Profile Pics
I hope you've enjoyed this tour through the many types of Facebook profile pics. Maybe you will take a look at some of your own pics after reading this and start to categorize them. You may even find your photos fall into more than one category. That makes you a Facebook Profile Pic Overachiever! So go out there and take some photos!
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