Would you spend money to get a decent profile picture on your Facebook profile?

@dpk262006 (56482)
Delhi, India
January 9, 2012 10:45pm CST
Hi all! I recently came across news that many Facebook users spend considerable amount of money to get the profile pictures made by professional photographers so that their friends/others could notice them and they could get some favorable comments. This made me think – would you like to spend money to get your profile pictures done by a renowned photographer so that others could appreciate you and could pay compliments. As far as am concerned, I won’t spend money on such an issue. Do you feel that a Facebook user’s profile picture denotes his/her taste and is very important for building friendship/ties with the user? Please share your views.
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38 responses
• India
10 Jan 12
Just two word- NO WAY!!! Facebook is a platform where you connect with friends and keep yourself updated.. Most of the people in your friend list know you personally and have seen the real you..So then Why would you spend to get something artificial? It really puzzles me !! But then there are a lot of people who get an ego boost when someone comments on their photo on how good they look or how pretty they are.. they are people who seeks others approval to help them feel better.. Luckily I am not one among them .. Hence I would never do such a stupid thing. Cheers
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi ashwin! It is nice to hear that you won't spend money on your profile picture because you are not too crazy to get noticed by others just for the sake of it. Actually, it is a kind of narcissism, where one feels obsessed with his/her own picture and desperately wants to get noticed by others and somehow seek their compliments to feel better. It appears that some of the youngsters might be more interested in doing such things and they might have a very strong desire to get noticed. Thanks for joining sharing your views. Have a great day ahead! !
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@kiran8 (15398)
• Mangalore, India
10 Jan 12
Hi deepak, I dont think that I would spend money to get my photograph taken just so that I get noticed on Facebook.I like natural pictures that introduce me to my friends on facebook....No doubt that a picture does tell a tale about the person and probably about his taste and preferences to a certain extent.But again, I wouldnt give too much importance to it since it is a personal choice as to whether one want to upload a picture or not.Enjoy your day deepak
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi Kiran! Your response is on predicted lines and I am sure that you won't go for special pictures to be used on your FB profile page. I feel that younger generation might be more interested in doing such things and they might have a strong desire to get noticed. Thanks for sharing your views. Have a great day ahead!
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
Whoaw! I've never heard of that. But I have seen very nice and professional photos uploaded on people's FB accounts. Some of them are already professional photographers while some have friends' who owns those DSLR camera's which made them upload nice photos.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi ene! How are you doing. Hope you are fine. Your reply tells that you have seen some photographs on FB which were done by professional photographers or the user himself/herself was a professional photographer. It is fine, if one is a professional photographer and upload some outstanding pictures on his/her profile page but spending considerable amount of money to getting a portfolio made is not understandable. Thanks for joining and sharing.
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
I'm fine deepak I wouldn't spend a considerable amount just for that too! Those nice looking photos can be edited in photo shop if one wanted to have a nice photo. I can ask friends to do that for me so there is no need to waste money for that. I guess that is what's most of the people now are doing. But the trend now is going to photobooths where they will stand on the booth for photos wearing funny hats and wigs. I don't know how much that cost coz I have not even tried that too. I am contented using my digicam and my mobile cam
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi ene! It is nice to hear that you are doing fine. It is good that you won't spend money on getting your profile picture done by a professional photographer. It is wise on your part that you could ask friends to edit your photo through some software so that you could look more presentable/beautiful. It was mentioned in the news that people (youngsters) were willing to spend Rupees 30,000 to 50,000 (i.e. approximately - 1500 US $ to 3000 US $) for the pictures, which was mind boggling figure.
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• India
10 Jan 12
I have many friends who spent a lot of time to edit the images on fb by their own way but I had not seen any of them spending money to have a good profile picture. Profile picture plays a little role in having friends. For Eg: If you put a girls beautiful photo at the very next hours you will have many of request. My sister have thissituation. At first she just uploaded a cute little girls photo at that time she was not have such things but when she uploaded her cute photo every one started to sent more and more of messages and friend request. Friends remember that such friends are really fake they just here to have something different which you do not think
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 12
Hi dear! It means your friends are smarter and they could themselves do the needful, as far as uploading some catch photographs on FB is concerned. I can understand your point regarding uploading of your sister's picture. There are many who would just send a request to a female because she has uploaded a good looking picture (without going into any further details). You see uploading a good picture by a female does not mean that she wants to add more and more friends, but people are strange. Thanks for enriching the post and sharing your views and experiences.
• India
12 Jan 12
Do you try to have good profile picture in you Facebook account ?
@rollylolly (2847)
• India
10 Jan 12
I personally feel a profile picture of any networking sites be it facebook or others speak a lot about the person . What the profile should be and how much you should make it distinctive depends on your priority . If one is into films or modelling then there justification in spending money to make the profile lucrative . Public figures and socially recognized personalities do use technology to build up their image both ways . But I being a low profile person neither have the inclination nor money to put up a 'rich' profile picture because I know that most of my friends in the list know me personally and I don't need any buid up . I have seen my friends spending huge amount on their profile photos to be uploaded on marriage sites . Does that really help in the long run ? They have the answers .
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi rolly! You are very right when you say that uploading eye catching pictures suits well to celebrities and likes. There is no fun for ordinary mortals like you and me to show lavishness and upload professionally done photos. You have added a new dimension in the discussion by mentioning about expensive pictures which are uploaded on matrimonial sites by the eligible bachelors. I agree with you that one's exquisite pictures can not help in the long run if one is otherwise not nice and accommodating, as far as marriage/married life is concerned. I must say - yours is one of the best responses so far. Have a nice day! dpk
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• Japan
10 Jan 12
Facebook users spending money to get profile pictures? Wouldn't the profile pictures be serving some other primary purpose instead of just being a profile picture? For example, my friend had a portrait picture taken for God knows what and decided that the pic would look nice for her FB profile. I would definitely not pay for just a profile picture - after all, Facebook is meant to be free. A profile picture isn't really supposed to be the supreme representation of everything on your Facebook account - you can't really see anything much about your person through a profile picture, could you? So, yeah. I wouldn't pay for a profile picture, because Facebook is a SOCIAL NETWORKING site, not a PICTURE SHARING one.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi fox! You are right that some users are very particular about their profile picture and they would user their best portrait picture to upload on their FB profile. I appreciate your point that you would not spend money on specially creating your profile picture by a professional photographer. Thanks for sharing your considered views.
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• Philippines
10 Jan 12
No, i will not,but it only depends on people if they have to much money to do that ,well they can. Is nothing to be a big deal to do that in my fb profile pic.if i am going to do that,well i should saved the money .
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi befrind! You mean to say that if you had got plenty of money, you might have also uploaded an expensive picture on your FB profile page. You could do that. Thanks for sharing.
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• Philippines
10 Jan 12
Well, i don't know maybe i will not. i just do normal picture even now i did not put my real pic there..... not important,if i have money i think i just make a picture frame that too much expensive and put in house display.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 12
Means you would love to see your expensive picture kept in your house, not on the FB profile page.
@fantabulus (4005)
• India
10 Jan 12
Hahhah..laddu I never spend the money for my pic because I have no original pic. I make a facebook account but not upload my pic. But now I will upload my family pic of shegaon tour.
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi fanta! You have not shared your facebook account details? You could add me if you feel like on Facebook. I know you are wise enough not to spend money where it is not needed. Thanks for sharing and joining us.
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• India
10 Jan 12
tell your facebook full name in PM or email ID of facebook
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 12
Please check your PM for (my) details.
@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
10 Jan 12
What the..???? Spend money to get a decent profile picture on my facebook profile?? For what?? To get compliment from others???Hehe....I won't do that..I can edit the photo myself. but it actually a good new job for photographer and designer. Photo editing for facebook profile~ Sounds good..What we may think as wasting might give benefits to others right??(^^)
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi CTH! I also feel like you that most of us won't spend money on such pictures. But on the other hand if people do not go to professional photographers, how would they earn money. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
10 Jan 12
No what I mean here is we might thin that those people are wasting their money as it might not bring anything good except the 'praising things' but for those who have the skills like the professionals what these people like will be their great source of income. we will not earn anything other than compliments when we do have a good picture profile..(^^)
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 12
Yes, professional photographers also need business and clients.
@srik11 (483)
• India
10 Jan 12
In today's technology, i dont think you have to spend money to get decent photo of yours. We have digital cameras, mobile phones that carry a decent camera and also our webcam. Moreover there are many free photo editing sites, which make you look pretty impressive.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi sri! You are right that in the age of digital cameras and other such devices and software like photoshop etc. one could get a decent picture. However, there are professional photographers, say for those who wants to go into the profession of modelling etc., who do their profile in a professional manner. The stress of the post on those who spend huge amount of money (Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000) to get their profile pictures done by a Professional photographer. Thanks for sharing and kick starting the post.
@srik11 (483)
• India
10 Jan 12
Yeah, those who are into modelling and stuff definitely have to spend a lot to get their profile perfect.
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@runi1024 (126)
• United States
10 Jan 12
That is so superficial! I know that in my picture I want to look good, but I also want to be able to change my picture every once in a while when I get bored. Therefore I dont really find it worth it to spend good money on it, I can see if I were already taking pictures like when getting family portraits done, but otherwise I think it's a waste of money.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 12
Hi runi1024! Welcome to mylot family. You are right that if one wants to change pictures frequently, there is no point spending huge amount of money on one special picture. Thanks for sharing and joining us. dpk PS - Have added you.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
10 Jan 12
Hi dpk, Like most of the other responses, its a big NO from me too. I don't want to be picture perfect, that too on online. I am not interested to spend on it either but I have a friend who updates her picture often and enjoy the comments too.
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 12
Hi viju! I can understand your point of view and there is no use spending money on costly profile pictures. There may be some friends who love to receive appreciation/comments on their profile pictures and they keep uploading new pictures on FB. Thanks for sharing.
@vandana7 (67678)
• India
10 Jan 12
I'll make friends with the photographer..if I'd to get something by spending why dont I spend on him/her. That way, the benefits will be forever like LIC Jeevan Tarang..
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 12
Hi vandy! Your reply is not understandable. Do you have any photographer friend, who could do the job free of cost and give you a model like picture?
@karin27 (141)
• South Africa
10 Jan 12
I would never spend money on a picture for facebook, I feel when some of my freinds put their best pictures on looking fab, they start receiving friend requests of some very strange people, Unless you have a very bad self esteem, i wont be suprised if you put a professional pic on there. Rather save your money and dont think to much of what other people think of you.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 12
Hi Karin! You appear wiser as you do not want to spend money on expensive picture. It is good to hear that you do not bother what others think of you. Thanks for sharing.
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
hello, No, I this kind of issue I wont ever spend money just to please everyone and give me a compliment. Well, that is true that's on my mind when my friends spend money for a photographer just to take a good picture of her. Wow! shes really rich. I dont think that is a practical idea. Maybe she just want to be popular. ha ha
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi tina! You appear wiser that you do not want to spend money on this kind of activity just for the sake of gathering some compliments. These kind of things could be done only by 'super rich' who could afford to spend (read waste) their money. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@SIMPLYD (83173)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
Some people could really be so vain. Imagine having a picture taken by a professional just so, that it could be their profile picture. In my opinion, they are maybe those people who are in need of friends to cheer them up. That's why they pay , so they could get a nice shot for their profile picture. Sad, but some people would really use their money just to gain friends.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi simp! Yes, it is true that there could be some crazy souls who would spend lots of money on their profile pictures to look appealing. I believe it suits them and it satisfies their ego and their narcissist tendencies. Thanks for sharing your views.
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@donsky14 (5963)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
Spending money for a profile pic...hmmm..I think that's a bit too much. There are a lot of ways that you could get a decent profile pic...for free! I guess whoever does something like this, is really addicted to facebook.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
hi don! Yes, it appears a bit too much to spend money on such activities. Some people are crazy for appreciation or you could call them addicted. Thanks for sharing.
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• United States
10 Jan 12
This is why I am not at Facebook.It is a friend getting contest! It has Nothing to do with a True friendship but the number of people you have on your list! Funny I don't see people as numbers! I will not just add a person Just because they ask me too so Why in the hell would I get a picture of myself to parade around at Facebook?! I love my avatar here. I don't have a digital picture I like of myself and even if I did I would not Want to peddle myself around Just to gain friends I will Never truly connect with!
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi Sara! You are very right that true friendship should be not be based on mere photographs only, it is something deeper than that. People like you what you actually are not because of your picture/photo. Thanks for sharing.
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@kalav56 (11502)
• India
10 Jan 12
I WILL NOT. I would just post one of my best photographs anywhere [make a choice among the existing ones and pick the best] but would never consider doing such a thing. My relationships would only be built on friendship and genuine respect; any friendship develops only after interactions and by the time the friendship has developed we always realise that looks do not come into this aspect. However, as far as denoting taste , I would add one thing. We all have different tastes and to a middle aged person like me, if I see some obscene photograph that crosses the borderline in decency, it may cause slight hesitation in forging friendships. But , however wonderful a photograph is, if I am not too comfortable interacting with a person , I would not interact.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
10 Jan 12
Hi Kalav! I am sure that you won't spend huge amount of money on such an activity. I fully agree with you that relationship between two people will build on mutual respect and interests and not merely on the basis of profile picture. It is true that tastes of younger generation and middle aged people (like us) will differ in respect of profile photographs. Thanks for enriching the post.
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@iamroms (78)
• Philippines
10 Jan 12
lol. I would never spend money just for profile picture on facebook. If I want a picture with magical effecr rhen I can use DSLR camera and then edit it through photoshop. You can do a lot with that program. Anwayy, regarding those people who spend penny to hire a professional photographer, guess they have a lot of ectra cash for it so it won't be bad too. :D
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