New Attitude of Internet Newbies
As more and more people enter the internet for the first time the question newbies ask is… Who are all these people online?
It is a real good question and one that should concern you since the very next question they ask is… Who can I trust to socialize with online?
The only thing newbies to the internet have to go on is your online appearance. Yes…how you look online…the photograph you share with the world…plays a HUGE part in how you appear to others.
Online Appearance Checked First
However, it now is not just the newbies who are asking these kinds of questions. Many of the long time veterans of the social spaces are starting to reevaluate who they associate with online.
The consumer’s social search for trustworthiness is now going way beyond the photo a person posts to now digging into your personal profile and even links to other sites to see if you are who you say you are.
The Who you are, what you do and, now, who do you hangout with culture the growing consumer base is rapidly moving into is not a school yard attitude. It is the way of social networking for the future. Checking to see who someone is now is part of everyone’s security policy.
No Photo Lacks Trust
You may feel not showing your face online keeps you safe or affords you the opportunity to be someone else. Not showing your face online really does not make you any safer and eventually as more people change their photo of George Clooney to an actual photo of themselves, those who post caricatures will find they look pretty ridiculous being the only one hiding. Plus, if you hiding to be safe is the case your days of interacting with more people are numbered.
Things have changed. Not showing a photo, or rendering of an image closely resembling yourself, will get you Blocked or at the very least, ignored. If getting Blocked and being ignored is what you are after then one would have to ask..why are you online?
Showing Who You Are Builds Trust
Showing everyone who you are is now the standard for safe online social networking. Ask any professional photographer on how many calls they get from professionals asking their rate for a nice photo to put on the internet. We get at least three individuals a week asking for Videos to back up their photo of themselves they posted as their avatar. They all have found once they post their photo their phone started ringing.
Allowing the world to see Who You Are really is rewarding on a number of levels. Not only does it show you are a Real person it allows for you to showcase your creativity which translates into more people being interested in knowing more about you.
So, Who Are You? Are you someone interested in expanding their social and professional circles of trustworthy people or someone descended to wallow in the stalkers forums. Yes, it’s your choice.
Let me know how I can help.