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Why Selfies?

December 11th, 2013

Paul Merrill

Paul Merrill selfieTaking a photo of yourself is the latest thing. Even Obama did it at Mandela’s funeral (http://uk NULL.news NULL.yahoo NULL.com/obama-cameron-39-selfie-39-mandela-memorial-causes-184300569 NULL.html#ZckgPNe). And he got in trouble, sort of.

There’s a spectrum of personal comfort in posting photos of yourself on the internet. On one end are the celebrities who take selfies many times a day and post them on Twitter. That could fall into the category of feeding your own ego, though it does them little harm and keeps their popularity high.

At the other end of the spectrum are people who never share their photo. In light of Facebook and Google using your personal data for their own benefit, there are reasons for concern.

Like it or not, people identify with you more if they can see you. Posting a photo or two is a calculated risk – the reward of potential clients or connections knowing who you are may be worth the potential negative consequences.

So if you are willing to take the risk, here are a few tips:

  • Selfies are casual. People can connect with you more if you are not perfect. There is a place for studio-perfect shots, but potential clients can get a better idea of who you are if they see you in an informal setting.
  • Put a selfie on your website. A more permanent place for your picture will allow search engines to help people find you.
  • Take several selfies till you get it right. Few people can get a great shot the first time.
  • If you can afford it, hire a real photographer to take a perfect selfie. She can probably capture the essence of you better than you can.
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