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OP wrote: possible benefits [...] multiple views of the same person, more interesting and more true to the variations of interaction IRL The profile pics serves for recognising who the user is without reading her full name. AFK you see people from different angles and in different clothes, moods haircuts and you likely still make the recognition. But ...


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One profile picture is a fundamental pattern users have come to expect on social sites. You can always create a new pattern however you run the risk of confusing your users. Our brains process pictures 60,000 times faster than text so you might not be able to depend on the user recognizing the name with a different profile picture each time they visit the ...


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Well, as a matter of fact, if well done, it's a quite good idea. For starters, you should NEVER use a random picture. Instead, let the user create an album of rotating profile pictures to avoid showing unwanted pictures. With this, you can use some nice tricks to give your site a knack. For example, create a profile picture competition where your users can ...


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This would most likely add much more confusion than any benefit it would add, as the current standard for social networks is that there is 1 profile picture for each user that is used everywhere. However, if you would like to give more views of the user, then you could adopt a system similar to what Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ do where the user has a ...



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