Google recently changed the way it displays images on their Google profiles. The old profile pictures looked very ugly and all the personal information was on a gray scale, making it very difficult to recognize who was on one of these profiles. This change, or rather the attempts to make this change, has caused much confusion for Internet marketers and other site owners. Hopefully, I will be able to shed some light on the subject.
When you go to the “profile” section of your Google page, there is now an empty profile picture icon. This used to be the case, but not anymore. Before, if you weren’t a part of a group, you would not see this icon. Now, when you click on this icon, a message will pop up stating that you are not part of a group. The intent behind this change is to prevent “spammer” behavior.
Why would Google want to prevent people from using their real names on their profiles? Well, it seems as if they want to make sure that each person on their site is unique. They also don’t like spammers having the same tactic, tricking people into using their real names and creating a mass of empty profiles. This new icon makes it very easy to recognize someone’s empty profile picture.
Another question you might have is “What if I am part of a group, and I need my empty profile picture to show up in my search results?” That’s actually a good question. In the past, empty profile pictures appeared as a red exclamation mark next to a person’s name. Google claims that they have fixed this problem, so that now, if you click on the empty profile picture, it won’t show up as a red exclamation mark. You can also see if you’re on a friends list or not when clicking on an empty profile picture.
Another thing you should know about the empty profile icon is that it only shows up if you’re on a public profile. This means that if you are part of a group, your picture will be shown there. So, if you’re part of a group and you’re trying to set up a new page with your real name, you’ll want to go to your main profile first, then click on “Add”. This will add you to your group’s friends. If you do this, your empty profile icon will not be shown.
Hopefully, this article has answered your questions about the recent change to the profile picture settings. Now, if you’re going to use this icon, you need to make sure that you have a very good personal profile picture. This will be your cover photo, and it’s important that you take great care in shooting your own image. You don’t want any distracting background or other items showing up in your photo. So, make sure that your photo is well taken and is of high quality.
The sad thing is that many people use the empty profile icon without realizing how insecure it can be. It allows people to post almost anything on their profile, and sometimes this information can be inappropriate. For example, a teenager who is struggling with depression may post things online just for attention. This can be dangerous, and you may find your own photos online that are embarrassing. You don’t want this to happen to you, so you should always be cautious when you’re posting personal information online. Make sure that your personal profile is not filled with things that you would not feel comfortable having your mother see!
The bottom line is that you need to be careful about the empty profile picture. Just because you don’t want to use it doesn’t mean that you have to. However, there are ways to make the best out of the empty profile picture icon, and they include ensuring that you always use your real name and that your picture is properly lit, taking care to select the best settings, and making sure that it has the correct background. By taking all of these factors into consideration, you will be able to ensure that your online profile is an effective one that offers support to others while still maintaining a personal look that makes you proud.