What Is *Your* Best Profile Picture

May 6th, 2010 by Christian Rudder

One of our most popular posts ever was about profile pictures and what works and what doesn’t. For example, we examined why two very similar-seeming pictures of two very similar-seeming people often get very different amounts of attention:

As a follow-up, we’ve made something that can generate a personalized analysis of anyone’s profile pictures, something that can make a “blog post” just for you. It’s designed to help you choose your best pictures to put on your OkCupid profile, Facebook page, or whatever—sort of a more scientific (and more useful) Hot-Or-Not. We’re calling it MyBestFace.

It Will Analyze Your Pictures

MyBestFace is very simple: you upload photos of yourself; you contribute a few votes to the system; and after enough other people have done likewise, you get a report about your photos. The report is detailed and very awesome. I’ll show you mine.

It starts, naturally, by telling me which of my pictures was the most popular:

It also tells me what kind of people liked my photos: overachievers, deviants, jocks, whatever:

And I get a nifty map showing where all the people who voted for me are. It looks like I have heretofore undiscovered fan in the Philippines. Sweet.

My favorite part of the report is the end, where it shows the other photos mine were matched up against and exactly which people chose my picture as the best.

If you’d like to examine a complete example report, one of our beta-testers has generously agreed to let you guys browse hers. You can do so here.

Try It Out

MyBestFace is something we thought would be fun. We’re not thinking it’s gonna be huge or anything, but we hope it might be useful to anyone looking to do for themselves what we do here on the blog: figure stuff out. Upload a couple pics and play around with it. And let us know if anything seems busted! Besides your face! Burn!!!

104 Responses to “What Is *Your* Best Profile Picture”

  1. t-dawg says:

    I’d like to see an option to delete/hide your photos, like you can with your OKC profile generally… I don’t want my photos to get stuck in there forever, especially if you later decide to take this puppy public!

  2. bw says:

    If you delete the job, the pics will be gone. Log back in and there’s an option to delete each report that you uploaded pics for.

  3. Noah says:

    It would be nice if MyBestFace had a feature where, by responding to more photos, a user could have more other users respond to his/her photos. Some of us are stats nerds, and splitting 85 responses 5 ways just doesn’t carry a ton of weight, especially when conducting some demographic analysis.

    It would also be nice if users only reviewed photos of others in their dating age range. I doubt I have much helpful feedback for older women, especially when comparing them to girls my own age.

  4. Paragon19 says:

    So I was wondering if you could include an option to keep pictures in the system longer, for larger sample sizes. Obviously it should require rating more pictures to get the report. I just like looking at numbers.

    Also, an option to just do all the pictures on one’s OKC account would be nice.

    I know, I’m demanding. Its a really cool application to begin with though, thanks.