Using a real photo as your MP avatar.

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  1. milchap
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    Just wondering what the community feels about using a personal photo of yourself as your MP avatar.

    I never post any photos of myself on the web. My avatar is simply aircraft flying in formation.

    Privacy is important for me.
     
  2. William JLP

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    A lot of people do, but I prefer not to.
     
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    I use a photo and don't really worry about it. Although I can offend some people at times, I try to keep my posts fit for public consumption so it’s not really a worry if my employer or family or whatever find my posts.
     
  4. miles and smiles
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    I'd post a picture of myself, but if I did I'd scare people worse than Captain Oveur's avatar does. So, I use photos of my cousin Miles who smiles a lot. ;)
     
  5. boondr

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    Mine is of me and my son, if you knew me it would be identifiable but otherwise there is not much to it. My son already looks very different.
     
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  6. Traveling Momma

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    I don't do or say anything that I wouldn't want my 5 year old son to see. I try to live my life, online and offline, this way which allows me to post actual photos.
     
  7. travelingmore
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    +1
     
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    <----------- I look exactly like this guy! :p
     
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  9. i thought that was you on the left W?;)
     
  10. i feel comfortable with my pic
     
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  11. William JLP

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    "That's Hedley." I'm on the right.
     
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    I see myself enough everyday.

    Why would I want to see even more of me as I waste away my hours?

    Well, because I'm hot.
     
  13. Sedosi

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    I think you should use whatever avi makes you happy. If that's a selfie than good on 'ya.
     
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    I heard this was you on the right at the opera.

    250px-StatlerAndWaldorf.jpg
     
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  15. travelingmore
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    :)
     
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    :)
     
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  17. sellthesedownfalls

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    False! My avatar is me, but you wouldn't be able to pick me out of a lineup based on it. I did actually appreciate the people who have close-up pictures of their faces as their avatars, as I could pick them out at FTU and say hi!
     
  18. Wandering Aramean
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    That's a good reason to not use your photo.

    I purposefully am not so private about such things. That means I do use my photo. Plus, my photo is awesome. :cool:
     
  19. Canarsie
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    Why choose when you can have both?

    You can be creative about combining your real photograph with artwork, if you like.
     
  20. pointing the finger as usual;)
     
  21. i thought that was you fc, i'm let down now;)
     
  22. Concerto
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    I do not to use a photo of myself and that is because my hair colour makes me easily identifiable. ;) I am female and travel alone 99.9% of the time so definitely prefer that I am not recognized.
     
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    Yes you do!! But I was very disappointed that you had no whirlygig on the top of your hat!! :p;):D
     
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    What can I say other than it is so "you". ;)
     
  25. JoeCortez

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    To me, this seems to be a "proceed at your own risk" option. I get both sides of the argument - and whatever you want to use is perfectly cool.

    For some, posting a picture of themselves works, and can spawn some great interactions as a result. For others, having an avatar can be just as expressive, and quite the conversation piece as well.

    I choose to use my own picture because (at least in what I do with by blogs and interests) I feel that it creates transparency and can lead to genuine interactions. Besides, once you've been on TV, your online privacy goes down in a hurry. :p
     
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