Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Photos, and lack thereof

As we were building the website and talking to experienced experts (instead of the inexperienced ones), we heard some amusing strategies about what it takes to get people to upload a photo:

Strategy 1: Offer up lame substitutes so that people would do anything to avoid having their name associated with that cartoon.

Strategy 2: Tell them that other people are statistically way less likely to engage with them without a photo –true.

Strategy 3: Remind incessantly. We could to do that.

Strategy 4: Embarrassment. If you don’t have a photo, your profile gives your sex and age. We are actually doing that, really.

Put in a photo! GoLoco looks so much friendlier when populated by diverse real faces rather than green and white oLos.

I’ve been trying to see if there is a pattern to those who upload photos. More photos from university communities than geographical ones? More from men than women? Age specific? Hard to tell without a real analysis which is certainly not worth the time.


Rob said...

you're worried about users posting photos? how about worrying about creating a working site?? seriously, its a great concept, but its hamstrung out of the gate, your browse function is non existent, and your search page not well thought out, if at all.

Liz said...

Maybe people who already are on some other social software and so have a suitable photo cropped and handy!