Posted at 8:21 AM Oct 21, 2008
By Bonnie Ruberg
As the Internet-savvy doll will surely have noticed, the Web 2.0 bubble has created so many sites based around user content that deciding which ones to use has become something of a personal statement. These days, you can tell more about an online regular by the websites she has accounts on, than by her profile pics, her status updates, or even the Internet company she keeps. Heck, the image surrounding these sites is even bleeding out into the real world. How many times have you been out with a friend who decides to Twitter in the middle of dinner, or a buddy who snaps shots at parties and shouts, "OMG these are so going on Facebook"? We get it. You use websites. Thanks for sharing.
Here then is a list of 10 sites -- not all of them social networks per se, though they all involve networking aspects -- and what they say about the personalities of the people who use them. Are you signed up at multiple sites? Just combine the personality traits below into some sort of freakish, web-loving amalgam. And remember, your author is a Flickr-whoring, Twitter-addicted, Facebook-visiting Wikipedia reader. She's baring her own squishy, Web 2.0 soul, too.
10. The Facebook user: friendly, addicted, if only slightly obsessive
Using Facebook is pretty normal these days, even for those terrifying dinosaurs known as my older relatives. What does having a Facebook profile say about you? You want to stay in touch with friends and you probably use the site too much. Because who doesn't do both those things?
9. The MySpace user: youthful, music-loving, and kind of creepy
What do you think when someone tells you they still have a MySpace account? Either they're under the age of 18, they really like music, or they're potential Internet pedophile material. Not that I'm stereotyping or anything.
8. The Tribe user: alternative, funky, hanging on for dear life
Tribe.net has been going the way of Friendster, and those who are left on the site are the artsy San Fran locals who can deal with weeks of downtime and the ever-looming possibility that the site could disappear entirely. In my imagination they also all have grizzly, unkempt beards.
7. The Bedpost user: sexual, meticulous, loves pedometers
A site for those who want to catalog their every sexual encounter, Bedpost caters to those who have enough sex to chart. They have to be meticulous (Which positions did you participate in? When? With whom?) and like documenting somewhat random human activities -- like how many steps they take each day.
6. The Twitter user: energetic, manic, easily distracted
Twitters update their followers with mini blog posts as often as every few minutes. That takes energy, but it also makes them a bit frantic. Plus, since they're always looking for something to Twitter, nothing holds their attention too long. Look, a sandwich!