NEW: A profile image.
See previous posts on this blog about how to ensure that your peerwith.expert page is optimised for finding clients: optimise your weblink, pick your keywords and subjectareas carefully and a good about me text.
At Peerwith, we feel strongly about empowering experts, which is why we created http://peerwith.expert/, where experts can receive direct service requests.
Your profile image
A profile image is an important element of your expert page. The Peerwith platform uses external authentication through providers like Google, LinkedIn, ORCID and Mendeley. Up until now, that meant that any profile image was automatically retrieved from the provider used for authentication and featured on your Peerwith profile, as well as your expert page. Most experts are happy with this solution, and therefore, this will not be changed.
However, certainly when using a Google account, many experts prefer to upload a profile picture directly onto their Peerwith profile. The possibility to upload a separate profile image has been added some time ago and is there for you to use!
In your profile (accessible via the Profile tab on peerwith.com), the top section called ‘Basic profile’ has several fields, like academic status and languages you offer your expert services in. The bottom option allows you to upload a profile image. How does this work?
- a) When you sign up or log in on Peerwith through, for example, Google, and you change your profile image on Google, this is automatically transferred to the Peerwith platform, including your expert page.
- b) However, if you prefer to use a different photo for your profile image, use the “Upload
image” option to overwrite the Google profile image with one that you upload
directly on Peerwith.
Tips: use a square picture with a clear image of your face, as much as possible. Our system will size/crop the image after you upload it, which might not be to your liking if the picture contains more than you want to show on your profile. To prevent that from happening, upload a square image that is not too large. We accept images in all the usual formats, but best results will be with JPG, GIF or PNG. If you want to prevent our system from messing with your original file, make sure to pick any of these formats.
That concludes the first four blog posts in this series. We will continue the series at a later phase with tips for sharing your expert page and using it for promotion.