21Oct

2. profiles: is what u see, what i am? maybe.

The conversation continues relative to your profile and today it is about the picture of you online. There’s a reason people say a picture is worth a 1,000 words … and in a web-based world that picture is still worth 1,000 words and at least 1,000 characters.

On most social media sites, everyone has the opportunity to post an avatar. Much like the movie of the same name, these are the identities you slip into as you begin to communicate with others in your favorite cyber hangouts. You decide what visual character will represent you. Perhaps it has a body, clothes, behaviors, gender or maybe you opt for a logo or favorite picture.  Then you give it the name of your choice – maybe it is yours, maybe not.

In reality, your avatar may or may not be an authentic representation of you.

That said, the avatar you post pushes the emotional and intellectual connection you make with others a little deeper. Many social media thought leaders stress the importance of being consistent and using the same avatar on multiple sites.  Why? It helps others visually connect with you from one place to the next.

Consistency reinforces what you represent.

The bible says each one of us is  fearfully and wonderfully made – See Psalm 139. Your avatar can be a special way to express your God-given uniqueness. It impacts and stamps a visual impression on the minds and hearts of others.

So here’s a question an important questions if you are a Christ follower.

When you slide into your avatar are you putting on Christ, too?

We are given guidance on what it means to ‘put on Christ.’

The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed. Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!

Romans 13:11-14

The Message

Take another look at that avatar you’ve posted. Be deliberate. Be intentional.

  • Wake up
  • Clean up
  • Look up
  • Be YOU

So what do you think about the avatars  you see floating in your daily stream?  What kind are your favorites?

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    My favorite avatars are the close up face shots. I hate the abstract pictures with a ton of Photoshop filters. I get it, you’re creative but I’d rather know what you look like.

    I’m pretty consistent across my platforms but sometimes I want to change and it is a pain. Michael Hyatt tweeted not too long ago that a developer should make a service that syncs your avatar across all your profiles. That would rock!

  • Toni

    Totally agree, Tony. You really can learn a lot from someone when you can look into their face. In our case, there are two of us so we put our faces on our Twitter home page so we don’t have to squeeze two faces into the Twitter box (ouchie!). But, ideally, I think it’s best to have a friendly, warm, welcoming avatar. And, I think we can all agree that half-clothed torsos (or bare chests) are totally unecessary and even embarassing — I’ve seen enough skin on Twitter to last a lifetime. It’s especially disheartening to see a “Christ follower” sporting a sultry, vain, or provacative avatar. Thanks for posting! #LiveSticky

  • Tami Heim

    I like smiles, too, Jay! A smile will draw you in faster than anything. I admit, that often what I read and what I see in someone’s pictures and posts leaves me wondering,, too. I never want to be critical or judging, but it is like I feel this little pinch inside because it doesn’t all line up.

  • Tami Heim

    I like a person’s face best. Close up can be cool although I think mine would be a bit scary that way!

    Right now I do use different pictures. This summer I went on a trip to Haiti and the children there became a part of me. I keep pictures of them in my FB profile because I want others to know them like I do. It is my way of keeping them close until I can get back to them in January.

    On Linkedin I posted my professional business picture since it matches the one used on my company website.

    All the rest I use what you see here. The one common thread – they are smiling at YOU.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    I like to see virtually face-to-face.

    I wish I could figure out how to change a couple of my avatars that are floating out there. Love the idea of a syncing service.