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Jan 7th 2013 new

I do not want to be involved in the specific back and forth of the issues in this thread but I will give you a few general ideas.

1. There is probably nothing more important in your profile than your profile photo. Not simply because it is the first photo most people see in the top corner but also because we use that as the identifying marker in just about every other aspect of the site where we list people.

2. Photos are becoming more and more popular. Because of Facebook, Pinterest & others the web has become more photo-centric. You may not even realize how you have become that way yourself. But that is the new reality and as a result adding 20,30,40 or more photos on CatholicMatch over a period of time or even all at once is becoming much more common than ever. There was a time when if someone uploaded more than 5/6 photos that was a lot, now that is an absolute bare minimum and probably not enough.

3. Photo uploads have exploded on CatholicMatch. Because of some changes in the profile creating process and giving users the ability to quickly and easily upload their photos from Facebook we have seen more photos uploaded per user than ever. In addition more people who never had a photo are getting into the game.

4. We are working on expanding the use and engagement with photos on CatholicMatch. Thus over the next 3-6 months you will see several photo-centric features that we hope will improve the user experience. People like to share stuff so we want to give that ability to the users who do.

5. We cover (hopefully well) some great tips for creating/improving your profile including photos. We also cover communication, a often headed debate in this room.You can download it for free. www.catholicmatch.com

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) Brian-278516 said: I do not want to be involved in the specific back and forth of the issues in this thread but I wi...
(Quote) Brian-278516 said:

I do not want to be involved in the specific back and forth of the issues in this thread but I will give you a few general ideas.

1. There is probably nothing more important in your profile than your profile photo. Not simply because it is the first photo most people see in the top corner but also because we use that as the identifying marker in just about every other aspect of the site where we list people.

2. Photos are becoming more and more popular. Because of Facebook, Pinterest & others the web has become more photo-centric. You may not even realize how you have become that way yourself. But that is the new reality.

3. Photo uploads have exploded on CatholicMatch. Because of some changes in the profile creating process and giving users the ability to quickly and easily upload their photos from Facebook we have seen more photos uploaded per user than ever. In addition more people who never had a photo are getting into the game.

4. We are working on expanding the use and engagement with photos on CatholicMatch. Thus over the next 3-6 months you will see several photo-centric features that we hope will improve the user experience. People like to share stuff so we want to give that ability to the uses who do.

5. We cover (hopefully well) some great tips for creating/improving your profile including photos. We also cover communication, and often headed debate in this room.You can download it for free. www.catholicmatch.com

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I agree that profile photos and other photos are the most important feature we have, being that most/many people decide to approach a person based on photos.

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) Brian-278516 said: I do not want to be involved in the specific back and forth of the issues in this thread but I wi...
(Quote) Brian-278516 said:

I do not want to be involved in the specific back and forth of the issues in this thread but I will give you a few general ideas.

1. There is probably nothing more important in your profile than your profile photo. Not simply because it is the first photo most people see in the top corner but also because we use that as the identifying marker in just about every other aspect of the site where we list people.

2. Photos are becoming more and more popular. Because of Facebook, Pinterest & others the web has become more photo-centric. You may not even realize how you have become that way yourself. But that is the new reality and as a result adding 20,30,40 or more photos on CatholicMatch over a period of time or even all at once is becoming much more common than ever. There was a time when if someone uploaded more than 5/6 photos that was a lot, now that is an absolute bare minimum and probably not enough.

3. Photo uploads have exploded on CatholicMatch. Because of some changes in the profile creating process and giving users the ability to quickly and easily upload their photos from Facebook we have seen more photos uploaded per user than ever. In addition more people who never had a photo are getting into the game.

4. We are working on expanding the use and engagement with photos on CatholicMatch. Thus over the next 3-6 months you will see several photo-centric features that we hope will improve the user experience. People like to share stuff so we want to give that ability to the users who do.

5. We cover (hopefully well) some great tips for creating/improving your profile including photos. We also cover communication, a often headed debate in this room.You can download it for free. www.catholicmatch.com

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Brian, Thanks for chiming in.. and great to hear that you guys (CM) are being proactive in this area. thumbsup thumbsup

Jan 7th 2013 new

two cents

(Quote) Robert-864486 said: Where do we start? I've noticed a few things about the profile pictures that I think I shoul...
(Quote) Robert-864486 said:

Where do we start? I've noticed a few things about the profile pictures that I think I should share. Granted some of these may seem minor but they become magnified in the importance of first impression. When you read this post, do so in a voice that is sarcastic on the outside, but weeping for humanity on the inside. I'm not mad, but I just figured i'd share these tid bits of wisdom for those who honestly haven't given this all a second thought; because if so, here's your chance to redeem yourself!


What we're going for in a profile picture is not necessarily anything fancy, just a good honest representation of what you look like, and maybe a small detail/quirk or two to set you apart.


Where I seem to see the most pictures go astray:


1. Lighting - Probably the most common and most annoying is a picture that is too bright. Having light skin is no shame, but when you look like a white-washed fence you're bound to cause a few to keep walking on down the sidewalk. If it looks like you're looking out the window of a spaceship that's falling into the sun , then that's probably an indication for how fast my intrest in you is burning up along with it. Really what's at stake here is the simple fact that I want to see what you look like, instead of having the frustrating feeling of trying to rescue you from a snowstorm. Your face starts to turn into splotches of white and hides all the beautiful detail that makes you unique from every other person on the planet.


The antinomy of this is the picture that is too dark. Not much to say here, just like there's not much to see [ got a light?]


The synthesis of the two previous problems into one is the black and white photo. I'm sure you've realized by now, but we've been using color pictures for half a century now. When you really think about it, using a black and white photo is only dectracting from the shot, it isn't adding anything. The profile picture is not the time to get fancy, do that in the other photos you add. The first one just has to be what you look like, so let's stop pretending to be all artsy (unless art/photography really is your job or major!)


2. Acceptable # of people in a profile picture all about you - Yep, you guessed it: ONE! Not two, not one and a half, just you, the open road, and a world full of dreams and possibilities ahead. If your face looks like it's glued to somebody elses, that's probably an indicator that your life is glued to somebody else's. Even more horrifying if that's only half of a person's head. Cropping a photo won't hide the fact that you can't find a SINGLE picture of just you. Without that individualITY, i'm not sure you're an individUAL. A picture of just you says that you've got some potential space for me in there.


3. Glasses - Maybe it's because you really are getting too close to the sun, or maybe it's just because you suffered a terrible accident that left you eyeless. They say that the eyes are the window to your soul, and you've just put up some serious sun block. Comming back down to earth, you probably just were too lazy or unmindful to find or take a photo of yourself without your trusty shades. Invest in yourself to get a good shot that really shows me the beauty underneath those bug-eyed sunglasses [unless you're an entomologist who studies insects]. So please put down the sun glasses and stop trying to block the sun from getting in and let the radiance of God shine OUTWARDS from your beautiful visage. (unless of course the glasses are glued to your face, and therefore i'm getting an accurate representation of what to expect for a lifetime )


4. Funny Faces - This one isn't quite as bad as the others, but i'm inclined to think that if you don't take yourself seriously enough, how am I supposed to? If you're just a goofy type, well that's great, but again there's a better time and place to show this (in your other photos). Just an even keel emotion or smiling face is all that's required to start off, if you look terrified or grumpy that's not going to send off a good vibe either. The profile picture is the quick first impression kind of glance, and all I need is the shape of your wonderful human face, not your puffer fish impression. [Unless of course you are a marine biologist, and study such things for a living].


5. Too revealing/exposing - I hate to have to get into this one, but if you're leaning all forward into the shot with a tank top on, that's not screaming modesty to me. Either you forgot that this was a Catholic site, or you don't fully understand what that means to be a woman of God. You've got to steal yourself away before I can steal you back, and make me think it's a steal and not a hand-out! (see the barbed wire? It says STAY OUT!)


Ok just for recap. What we want again is: head/upper-body shot with just you, proper lighting, and nothing on or near your face except a smile [or grin]

Good night, God bless, and stay classy my friends ;)

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Robert, welcome to the Forums. You obviously spent a great deal of time reviewing pics and then posting your thoughts here. While i agree with the Spirit of your intent, in my Op., your writing comes across as somewhat critical. Something we all have to keep in mind is that CM is made up of all kinds of people from all walks of life, with different skills and education levels. There's an unbelieveable number of people that are still not comfortable with todays technology or even have the tools that most of us take for granted. Also, don't forget some people feel insecure with their image and therefore the pics may sometimes be obscured or with many other people. Yes, makes you wonder how they expect for someone to want to click on their profile, but let's leave that one in God's hands. Anyway, just sayin.. i think you echoed a few things said before on other posts, but a little bit of empathy could have been used here. Praying thumbsup two cents

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) Bernadette-874299 said: Reminds me of Rory, the last Centurion in Dr. Who.
(Quote) Bernadette-874299 said:

Reminds me of Rory, the last Centurion in Dr. Who.

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Bernadette, that is EXACTLY what my first thought was. laughing Glad to meet a fellow Whovian! hug

Jan 7th 2013 new

Good list, Robert. May I add the following?

Seasonal hats: Xmas is over, lose the Santa hat. It was cute last month, probably still a little cute now but like xmas lights in April, it's time. Same principle applies to graduation mortar boards (men and women) and ball caps. And unless you're French or Basque, lose the Tartan Beret

Any photo bearing a watermark seal such as your driver's license or passport photo. Not only is it evident that you're using an ID photo, but you open yourself to identity thieves. But by all means go to the place that snapped your passport photos and have another set taken that will allow you to appear more natrual and at ease. And of course using lineup mug shots is always inadvisable, even if you crop out your processing number at the bottom laughing

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) John-146319 said: Seasonal hats: Xmas is over, lose the Santa hat.
(Quote) John-146319 said:

Seasonal hats: Xmas is over, lose the Santa hat.

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The Epiphany was just celebrated yesterday- no complaints allowed until the official end of the Catholic Christmas season, plus a few days to cut folks some slack. wink

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) Laura-896845 said: The Epiphany was just celebrated yesterday- no complaints allowed until the official...
(Quote) Laura-896845 said:


The Epiphany was just celebrated yesterday- no complaints allowed until the official end of the Catholic Christmas season, plus a few days to cut folks some slack.

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All of my Christmas stuff is still up! biggrin

Jan 7th 2013 new

(Quote) David-364112 said: What about people who dress like Pontius Pilate in their profile pic???
(Quote) David-364112 said:

What about people who dress like Pontius Pilate in their profile pic???

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laughing I seriously just laughed out loud.


David, by the way, this is the Photo Police, and you need to update. wink

Jan 7th 2013 new

Tara's Christmas Tree:

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(Quote) Tara-916865 said: All of my Christmas stuff is still up!
(Quote) Tara-916865 said:


All of my Christmas stuff is still up!

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