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Who Is More Popular?


Who is More Popular

Can you tell how popular someone is just by looking at their face?

Even more specifically–can you tell who has the most Twitter followers just by looking at their profile picture?

We are about to find out.

This is our next Citizen Science Project, where we try out crazy ideas, theories and experiments to find new truths:

We have carefully selected three gentleman and three ladies on Twitter. To make the test as accurate as possible we choose six individuals, about the same age, with smiling headshot profile pictures (no props, no covered faces, no hands).

  • One of these photos has about 100 followers on Twitter
  • One has about 1,000 followers on Twitter
  • One has about 10,000 followers on Twitter

Which one do you think it is?

Would love it if you would take this five question test below–don’t over think it, try to go with your gut feeling.

Take the Quiz:

(See results once you answer)

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About Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. She is a Huffington Post columnist and her courses and research has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal. As a published Penguin author, Vanessa regularly speaks and appears in the media to talk about her research. She is a sought after consultant and speaker.


15 Comments


  1. Danielle McRae

    Ahhh, got the girl right, but not the guy. Is it easier to spot the more popular person of your same gender?

    1. Michele Rider

      I picked the right man initially but then second guessed myself. Need to go with the gut instinct like you suggest Danielle!

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hi Pat! No worries- thanks for taking the quiz! -Danielle and the Science of People Team

  2. michael

    As a former prison guard , I was able to pick both correctly. In prison it becomes a survival skill to read ppl correctly..lol

  3. Nadeem Ghumro

    I guess your lectures (Teasers)have started working already, correctly nailed them.

  4. Kim

    i overthought too much the first two pictures; my first choice were correct, tho i changed.
    The last two i just followed my instinct and those were both correct.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Haha, yes! Always go with your gut. The longer you stare, the more likely you’ll pick the wrong one. Thanks for playing, Kim!

  5. Danielle McRae

    Hi Robert, thanks for checking out the quiz! For the personality traits, we are in the midst of running this study. From time to time, we switch the color of the man’s tie and the color of the woman’s shirt (in the pictures) to see if the results change. For the Twitter followers, this is an experiment based on a famous experiment by Nalini Ambady. She showed headshots of unrecognizable Fortune 500 CEOs to participants and asked them to rate them from least profitable to most profitable (just by looking at a picture of their face). Without fail, participants (on average) were able to distinguish the most successful CEOs. This study is meant to model this by seeing if you can tell how popular someone is by simply seeing a photo of them. I hope this clarifies things a bit!

    Danielle | Science of People Team

  6. Happy Coconuts

    I enjoyed doing this because we can read a person by their look and often times we place judgement on persons because of that. However, the language we give off is holistic, and I still hold fast to don’t judge a book by it’s cover, cause I know I have been so wrong, but I can use body language to better make early detections of impending disasters, and that is Heck Yeah! to me. Thanks Vanessa, always so engaging and interesting and I love your delivery, I am learning so much from your course.

    1. Danielle McRae

      Hey there, Happy Coconuts! Thanks for checking out the quiz– the results are pretty fascinating. And I love the idea of using body language to detect impending disasters; it’s so helpful in that way!

      Danielle | Science of People Team

  7. taylabovie

    I got them all right except the popular girl one. I thought it was B because of how confidently and easily she was in front of an upclose camera

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