Here is something else to worry about on the internet: Your appearance.
As I videochatted with the immaculately groomed and well-dressed bizdev guy, my stubbly onscreen image irritated and distracted me. Is that what I look like? Perhaps I should stick to the phone…
Although it may sound trivial or vain, Schrage has a point. With faster broadband, a business emphasis on cost reduction, video-conferencing is likely to become more common. And up until this point, people probably have not given the same thought to their appearance as they would a face-to-face meeting. Again, it may sound trivial, but Schrage wonders if there will now be a market for video-enhancement plug-ins that will give you the equivalent of a nip-tuck or even a light airbrushing.
It sounds plausible. My own cheap webcam has a facial-tracking feature and Google’s Picassa even has facial recognition. Anyone familiar with software like the Gimp or Photoshop will know about the droplet tool that applies a uniform colour to selected areas. And photographers are well used to the effects extra lighting or exposure can have on skin.
In the meantime, I spent almost 30 seconds enhancing my own image. I hope you enjoy it.