This has been on mind for a while now and I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Anyone who follows me on Twitter may have seen a few different avatar images recently as I have been playing with the idea of either having my actual photo or my logo.
What is an Avatar?
An avatar is an image that represents yourself whether that be a true likeness or what you want others to perceive you as. Your on-line presence is very important and up until writing for this website I have always felt a bit awkward about showing my face on the web. I am not really sure why but I have always felt this way.
Twitter lets you choose any avatar you wish so the ideas are endless. This also means that some users choose to update their image to keep up with different trends like making your image green to support a cause. While changing your image frequently is refreshing for you, it might not be all that good for those who follow you.
Your avatar is something that connects you and your followers. They rely visually on your avatar, within an instant of your tweet they know who it is from and if they are interested In reading it or not. Changing your avatar means that your followers have to learn to know who you are. There is nothing wrong with updating your the image occasionally in fact I would recommend it but not too often.
The important thing to remember is that it is about consistency with your brand or image. Take a quick look at your twitter stream and I am sure that you will be able to pick out particular users just by their avatar. If they change this then you simply won’t be able to find them as quickly. You may miss any messages from these users until you notice the new avatar. This is even more true for you if you follow a lot of users.
A photo or graphic?
We know that your avatar is important for your followers to recognise you, but does it matter if you have a photo of yourself or a graphic? This will depend on who you are and how you use Twitter but generally using a photo of yourself means that others can relate to you on a personal level. Having a graphic such as your logo can mean they relate to you as a brand. What do you think?
Do you have a photo or a graphic as your avatar? Does it represent you on-line or was it something you didn’t really think about?
By having a photo as your avatar do you think that people will trust you more?
I am very interested in your thoughts.