Profile Photo and Personal Detail
Most specialty social or business networks will require a personal photograph to be uploaded with your profile. They figure that as you are a reasonably honest, open minded person with the desire to network socially, find a new business contact or meet someone of the opposite sex for dating then you will naturally want to put up a photo of yourself. At MyUpscaleDaddy we do require a personal photo but it does not need to be a headshot, it can be taken in a landscape or with a background or even with friends. Profiles with photographs definitely do get more views by other members.
When you put up a personal photograph it is important not to have your full name and address showing on your profile. Use your first name only or a close pseudonym and keep your address to City, State or Province and Country. The main reason for vagueness here is to protect your personal privacy against attacks from predators and scammers. A photograph means nothing on its' own but together with your proper name and street address it is a means to an end for the internet criminal!
Once you make online friends or business contacts and feel that you can trust them you can let your guard down a little, but always make sure you retain the upper hand when it comes to your privacy. This is very important especially in these tough economic times when many people view the internet as a quick way to make money. For an example of some different types of scam check out the Scammer Blacklist.
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