In the last blog, I talked about reasons to consider revamping your Meetup profile photo. Below are some examples of images that show what to use or what not to use on your profile and why.
This photo is both too dark and doesn't show my full face. Also I seem freaked out which is not a flattering look.
This photo doesn't show anyone's face and there are too many people in the photo - you don't know which person is me.
Seems obvious, right? But I've seen multiple people use photos of their pets for their profile picture.
Yup, this is my senior photo from high school, which means it is not current! I can't even tell you how many people I've met through Meetup that look nothing like their photos because they are 10 years older than the image they used.
If you want to meet people around your own age, potential friends would like to see what you look like now. Someone may not RSVP to an event because they think their demographic isn't attending based on photos they see.
This photo is pretty far away. It's good in that you can see I enjoy hiking, but could be cropped for people to see my face better.
Okay now we will see a couple examples of good photos for Meetup.
Both photos were taken within the last 1.5 years, show my face up close, are well-lit, and show me smiling.
I hope that this advice gives you some information to help you choose your Meetup photo wisely. Your profile image is only the first step in creating new friendships, but it is more important than you might think!