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Do you look popular?

Can someone tell how successful you are by just looking at your picture?

It might surprise you, but the answer is yes, they can! It's true that by just looking at someone's face on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, we're able to tell an awful lot about that person.

What is it about a face that is so telling?

An independent study has shown that by comparing the top, most successful CEO's with the bottom, least successful CEO's on the Fortune 500 list, when asked to rate them on leadership quality, the study group were able to predict how successful he or she is. Ratings included charisma, power and intelligence. In summary, peoples leadership quality matched the pictures, or those who looked the most successful, were the most successful.

Test popularity of a person yourself

Below are three Twitter profile pictures. Quickly study them and ask yourself, who has the most followers. When ready select the link below to reveal the answers to see if you were right.

Twitter popularity test 1
Twitter popularity test 2
Twitter popularity test 3

The answers to the most popular faces on Twitter

Followers on Twitter

Image 3: 518K @michaelkohler20

Image 1: 288K @msuster

Image 2: 118K @Caterina

Information correct as February 2017

What is it about popular faces that makes them more influential?

Most of us have no idea what our Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter profile says about us. Here are some of the things that you can do to improve the non verbal clues in your pictures:

A true smile

First time you introduce yourself to a business contact, what do you do? That's right: you smile. When having your profile picture taken, smile with your eyes! A true smile is one that reaches the upper face muscles and affects the edges of the eye. Look at the following images showing fake smiles.

Examples of fake smiles

Make sure that your pictures contain a genuine smile - portraying you as warm and authentic.

No smirking

Young lady smirking at the camera

Lots of people make this mistake without even realising it, but the 'smirk' is the universal facial expression for smugness, distain and even contempt. Smirks are sometimes accompanied by other dominant body language such as raised chins. Put simply, a smirk can imply that you think you're better than the person you're smirking at.

How to smirk.

Tilt your head

The head tilt is the universal gesture of engagement and tells people that you are approachable. Look at the following images and I'm sure you can agree that the person with the head tilt is more approachable. If you want to look more friendly in your picture, try the head tilt.

Profile picture examples where one gentleman is tilting his head and the others are upright.