You'll agree that people tend to make quick judgments based on their first impressions. You've probably heard the saying that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. It’s true.
For a first-time meeting with people, we want to look special. We carefully choose our clothes and spend extra time on our grooming. Additionally, we rehearse in our minds some of the things we might say during our meeting.
Don’t you think it's also important to make a good first impression online? I believe that it's just as important as making a good first impression offline. Online just as offline, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
You make a first impression online through your social profiles, your writing and your comments.
Many people carefully craft their profiles and everything else they post online. They choose a flattering picture cropped just right, they carefully fill in their profile information and they check their writing for spelling, grammar and usage errors. They never resort to spam.
However, many other people do not. They sabotage themselves by showing up for a virtual meeting sloppily dressed with messy hair and a mouthful of chewing gum. What a horrific sight!
I look around social sites and read blogs. I often ask myself, "What is this person thinking? Doesn't this person care about how he/she appears? Why doesn’t this person take the steps necessary to make a good first impression online?”
Please consider the type of first impression you make. If you don’t like it, fix it. Help your friends too -- in a constructive way by providing suggestions and non-judgmental feedback.