In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong.
For interested readers, I explain our measurement process, and how we collected our data, at the end of the post.
Strength in numbers Before you start taking photos of yourself, grab some friends.
A study published in shows that you seem more attractive when you are in a group.
(Disclaimer: Some data has shown the opposite to be true, so take this with a grain of salt.) To the left, to the left A Wake Forest University study determined that photos that showed the left side of the face were viewed as more pleasant than those that showed the right.