Ryan Hoover hasn’t changed his profile picture for about 10 years now.
He talks about it on his blog “Why I Never Change My Profile Pic”:
People recognize you by your avatar. Once changed, followers need to re-associate the new photo with your person.
I very much agree: whenever someone changes their profile picture, it takes time to get used to it, and start recognizing their avatar in timelines again.
That’s exactly what I think too when I come across some weird new avatar because someone changed theirs.— Todd Thomas (@toddthomas) February 27, 2018
Back in 2014 I took a photo at the local photo studio Die Fotogräfin:
After a while, I didn’t like the fact that the profile picture isn’t updated at all, but also I wanted to follow Ryan’s advice. The solution?
Let’s take the exact same photo again, same shirt, same light, same background, and same pose:
I silently changed the profile picture on Twitter and GitHub, and almost no one noticed, with just a few tweets calling me out.
Using this approach, you can keep the recognition value, while making sure your current profile picture reflects on how you currently look like.
Following the “Continuous Delivery for your profile picture” approach, I took another one this year.
Again, almost no one noticed, with only one tweet mentioning it.
It’s 2022, with long hair thanks to COVID, updated my picture on 7th September 2022, let’s see how many replies I’ll get.
So here are the last 7 years in profile pictures - I plan on continuing this strategy and take a new photo around every other year.
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