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Add a profile photo

Profile photos make the intranet more human

Use the instructions in this section to upload or replace a photo, select a great profile photo in the right file format, and avoid common profile photo mistakes. You'll be amazed at how much more alive and personal the intranet feels when comments and recent activity are accompanied by thumbnails of profile photos. A photo on your profile page makes you so much more real to colleagues who work in different offices and don't get to see you in person. It will also make it easier for visiting colleagues to recognize you.

To learn how to add a cover photo to your profile page, see How to add a profile cover photo.

Click "Edit profile" to upload or replace profile photo

Profile photos may come in all shapes and sizes, so when you add a profile photo, you can crop it to choose what shows on your profile.
  1. Click on your name or profile photo in the top right on any page, and click Edit profile in the menu that opens.

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  2. Click the Bio & photo tab on the left, and under the Profile photo heading, click Choose profile photo to open the File Browser pop-up window.
  3. Locate and select the image file you want to use and click Open in the file browsing window. It may take a few moments for the photo to upload - it will show under the Choose profile photo button when it has uploaded. (Occasionally a photo may upload in the wrong orientation due to data attached to the photo file. If this happens, click the Rotate image option below the photo until you get the desired orientation.)
  4. A highlighted square will automatically be selected on the uploaded photo. Drag the square to select the area that you want the photo to crop to. Drag the grab handles along the edges to resize the crop area. The portion of your photo that will show on your profile page displays in a circle to the right of the uploaded photo.

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  5.  Continue editing or click Save changes at the top or bottom of the page. Your photo will now appear at the top of your profile page.
If you don't upload a profile photo, an image of a circle with your initials in it will show, or another generic profile photo chosen by your intranet administrator.

Photo details

  • Close enough to recognize face: Use a photo that shows your face clearly. You want someone who has never met you before to see you for the first time and say "I recognize you from your profile photo!"
  • Choose the photo crop: The default crop is centered in the photo vertically and horizontally, but you can change the crop to focus on your face, and crop out unwanted parts of the photo.
  • Recommended image size for ThoughtFarmer: The recommended minimum size for profile photos on your ThoughtFarmer intranet is 300x300 pixels. This allows for some cropping and positioning while still maintaining a clear photo.
  • Considerations for Active Directory: Your intranet can be set up to sync its profile photos with your organization's Active Directory (AD). If this is the case, you may want to pick a profile photo that will work with AD's photo restrictions. Photos in AD must be 96x96 pixels or smaller, and 100kb or smaller. You can upload a larger photo, but it's size will be reduced before syncing with AD, and this may affect the quality of the photo if AD uses it for other applications. Please note that the photo sync does not support animated GIFs for profile photos.
  • Correct orientation: Occasionally, a photo may have data connected to it that causes it to upload in the wrong orientation. If this happens, just click the Rotate image option below the uploaded photo until you achieve the desired orientation.

File formats for profile photos

Photo files come in many different formats, each with it's own special file extension. Supported file types are GIF, JPG and PNG.