Is Your Online Photo An Animated Character? Read This

Online, people create alter egos. New identities are born out of names and avatars. They also bare their real identities. And your avatar or your profile pic is causing others to silently judge you.

According to a study by online reputation management company Reputation 24/7, it takes people 5.5 minutes to decide if they like someone online. In comparison, it takes people 9.5 minutes to decide that face-to-face.

Online impressions are made primarily by what views are expressed as well as what photos are used in online profiles, whether that be in forums, here on Kotaku, or on social networking sites like Facebook or even Twitter.

In Reputation 24/7's study, profile photos that apparently create a negative impression include pictures of cars, bikini shots, pictures in which you are drunk or are holding an alcoholic beverage, photos of you embracing your partner, or even photos of animated characters.

Photos that create good impressions online supposedly include wedding pictures, photos of you with "sensible looking friends" or photographs of you with children. While the report doesn't explicitly state this, I'd imagine photos of you feeding animals and doing volunteer work would also make a good online impression.

This is nice and all. But try waltzing into a game forum with nothing but your "sensible friends", small children or a wedding picture and see what that gets you.

Don't post bikini pictures [Mail Online]

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Comments

    What about a screengrab of Max Payne realizing he's in a computer game and that, while funny as hell, it was the worst thing he could possibly imagine?
    (Though I guess I left that pic back on Kotaku US back before the redesign and before I knew of Kotaku AU... so I guess it doesn't really matter anymore. Not going back there :-P)

    ... how about the generic placeholder ones for those of us who don't have unique icons?

    Not even 'nice' animated characters?

    i got a lion

    I have no shortage of opinions, I cary plenty of them with me. No need to be concerned about those that others carry with them. Not at all if they're based of a bunch of pixels displaying one thing or another (talk about shallow).

    My avatar is a Space Marine with a monocle and a moustache, if you don't like it then you are obviously a heretic, or a Xenos.

    What about a sensible looking animated character with sensible looking animated character friends... at a wedding.

    Every single other dp of me on the internet (except here, facebook and twitter) are various anime characters :)

    So... by this measure, pedophiles are some of the most liked people on the internet?

      Michael Jackson

    I hate people who have cars as fb profile pictures. I know exactly what this report is saying

    next you'll be telling me facebook is an CIA social engineering project

    Wait wait wait... people JUDGE US?

      Yeah man, it's a rule in the bible, 'judge not lest ye be judged'....... wait a minute.....

    what about people who have no profile picture/avatar?

    i judge them, more than people who set these 'bad' pictures.

    "Photos that create good impressions online supposedly include wedding pictures, photos of you with “sensible looking friends” or photographs of you with children. While the report doesn’t explicitly state this, I’d imagine photos of you feeding animals and doing volunteer work would also make a good online impression."

    Take any of those things and now imagine them taking place between the bars of a filthy cage. Let me know how those results pan out.

    What about an avatar of an animated character at a wedding, feeding children to animals? Too awesome?

      What about an anime character wearing a bikini while drunk draped over the hood of a car?

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