When Michele Martin changed her profile picture the other day, I realized I was a bit disoriented. Suddenly, she didn't look like the Michele I "knew."
And I saw how one dimensional our images of our online contacts (and digital friends) can be -- typically based on the same profile picture that's used in countless places. I've had the same profile picture up for months -- on my blog, in Facebook, MyBlogLog, and now here.
Truth be told, I've gotten pretty sick of that chirpy picture of me sitting in my kitchen wearing that purple sweatshirt popping up everywhere.
I do, indeed, often look like that. But that's just one view.
So I'm going to try to mix it up a bit. I've changed my profile picture in a few of my online places. I'm still smiling. But I'm wearing a different purple shirt.
For some reason, I haven't figured out how to change my Blogger Profile Picture -- so I'll still look like a green apple.
Why does this even matter? It has something to do with creating an online identity that's well-rounded. That's not just a caricature of me.
In this TED Talks video of Mena Trott, founder of Six Apart, she talks about taking a picture of herself everyday and posting them on her (private) blog. The power of the personal; building a friendlier world through blogs...
I should also show you pictures of me where I'm not smiling. Because sometimes I don't actually feel so damn chirpy.