So many of us use multiple social media platforms (in Europe and the US, the average is 2-3 platforms per person). As a result, our profile pictures are essential to us: they are a crucial aspect of our identity. So, having a good LinkedIn photo or a compelling Twitter pic is vital for making a good impression.

good profile picture
Good profile picture for social media

Wondering how to make a good profile picture? Do not despair! Below, you will find some handy tips for getting that super good LinkedIn photo, or profile pic for Twitter, Facebook or online dating sites like OkCupid. So, are you ready to get those good profile pictures? Simply read on!

First, get your sizes right

A good LinkedIn photo will be the right size for your LinkedIn profile (i.e., 522 x 368 pixels). Any other format, and it will not display correctly. Every other social media platform has size stipulations like this one, but they are all different.

 

Good LinkedIn profile picture
Good LinkedIn profile picture

 

For instance, the perfect photo size for Instagram is more flexible (between 320 pixels by 320 pixels and 1080 pixels by 1080 pixels but you will also need to note that images over 640 pixels will not display correctly on the desktop version of Instagram).

So, the short version of this tip is: do your research! Find out what size good profile pictures are on the various social media platforms that you use, and then make sure that your profile pictures are that size.

A few more tips on how to make a good profile picture

Your journey towards that super good LinkedIn photo or great Facebook profile pic is not over yet. There are other considerations to bear in mind. Firstly, ensure that you look very best when posing for your photo. Take a few shots so that you can later decide between them. Ensure that the lighting shows you off to your best advantage, that you are well groomed, and that you are wearing appropriate attire. For a good LinkedIn photo, it is a good idea to be wearing smart business clothing and to have a serious yet still natural and appealing expression as here you are aiming to the network for business purposes.

These considerations do not apply to platforms that are used purely or mainly for socializing such as Facebook. Get the tone right! If you want to ensure that you get good profile pictures for your social media profiles, then you can always hire a professional photographer to take some high-quality headshots for you. More and more social media users are doing this these days, and it is easy to see why – the results are fantastic. A professional photographer will also usually be happy to resize your headshots for your various profiles.