<==THIS is not a valid social media profile picture.
Well, there are a couple of exceptions:
1) You've joined the site less than 30 minutes ago. Usually when someone joins 'social media,' their first concern is a profile photo (forget about the cover photos, etc., but the profile photo is a must.)
2) You only friend people who know you personally... (you know like family members and close friends who know you by name and have seen you in the past few years.)
It sounds funny, but with internet trolling/cyber-bullying it's important. Social media has grown tremendously over the years and with it's growth comes rules and fools. Unfortunately, some people join (or start pages) with ill-intent. There are those who join to troll (joins discussions and comments intending to cause havoc by making extraneous and offensive comments) or lurk (sits back and watch without participating - you know like a peeping Tom or Thomasina.)
I posted about this recently after consistently receiving replies on Twitter while using hashtags. Here is where the first lesson we learned as a child comes into play more than ever, "Do Not Talk to Strangers!" The replies may have been friendly, however I have learned not to respond to the 'egg' photo on Twitter and am cautious about images that look like they've been downloaded from Google - point. blank. period. I have the case numbers to prove it. Because of this, I am very cautious to whom I respond.
If you're replying to or commenting on posts using social media and your profile photo looks similar to the one above (or described in this post), more than likely you will be ignored by other users if they don't know you personally. I felt bad at first (oh..... empathetic me), but I thought about it: they're the rude ones!
Would you knock on someone's door while wearing a mask and expect them to answer? Yes, this is a good analogy since they're both rude, poor etiquette and could be criminal.
I'm not saying that not having a valid profile photo should keep you from using social media, but I am saying that you:
a) shouldn't expect a response to that message, mention, comment or reply.
b) shouldn't expect to get that friend request accepted.
c) shouldn't expect to get followed back.
d) shouldn't expect to be taken seriously.
Social media is just that: social. Everyone who joins should participate, know the rules and use proper etiquette.
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Everyone needs to know this advice... don't you think?