You've read the 11 Rules for Personal Branding Success with Avatars, have a perfect image for your avatar and want to get started visually improving your personal brand online. This handy reference will help you do just that.
What you need to know before spreading your avatar
Most sites only use square images
If your chosen image is rectangular, some sites will crop it automatically and probably not in a flattering way. Bearing in mind that brand reinforcement is about repetition, keep things simple by using the same square image everywhere.
Sites only let you submit one image per account
However, sites will typically use at least 3 different sizes of your image. If the image you upload is too small, it will appear blurry when blown-up on some pages. If the image is too big, the reduction will sometimes look pixelated. How do you choose?
Image submission rule of thumb
Submit large images to the sites where profile pages are more likely to be seen often, such as on LinkedIn. Or, avoid this problem altogether by choosing an image *per site* that looks good at all the sizes cited in the guide below.
Recommendations for your social media profiles
A tool to make it all happen: mypictr
Not a graphic designer? Don't know how to resize your beautiful portrait for these sites and any others? Not to worry.
With mypictr, upload a large avatar image and choose the destined website or social network. mypictr then suggests the default avatar size for the chosen website and lets you zoom and crop your uploaded image until you have a match. Once you click ‘pictrit', you can download your image or email it to someone else. Perhaps in the future, mypictr will even update your profiles for you directly.
Which other sites would you like to see in this reference guide?
I originally published this article on the terrific Personal Branding Blog.