The Sound of Silence and the Fury

Drawing the line between fact and opinion.

Internet Profile Literacy or “I saw ur pro, ur cute, a/s/l?”

Posted by Justin Johnson on Saturday, August 11th, 2007

MySpace (if not every profile service) has options to set the three commonly requested bits of personal data: age, sex, and location (oft shortened to a/s/l).

They’ve recently begun to list the data in the page title, allowing it to display in the title bar.

Facebook has enough options on personal data to where, when filled out completely, you feel like you already know a person. But you have to be somehow connected to them to see it.

More often than not, at some time during a conversation on MySpace, I’ll be asked where I live. Admittedly, what I’ve set as my location (“The Hellish-Hell-Hole, Formerly Known as Oak Park, Michigan”) is a bit confusing. But, you should still be able to figure it out.

Even worse, I’ve been asked how old I am, even though my profile has my birthday in the about me, and my age in the title bar. It’s about there that I block them as being unintelligent. 

I’m sure everybody’s done it now and then, it’s habit from the old days of chatting where all you got was a short paragraph of text in an AOL profile. But, with the development of MySpace, you’ll learn a lot about a person by looking at their background and what music they have on their page.

I’m not the only one annoyed by this. Lately I’ve been seeing literacy tests in profiles. People are beginning to ask that you input some random keyword when you send them a message to make sure you’ve actually read the bloody thing. Smart people. There’s few things more aggravating than being asked “so wut kind of music do u listen to?” when there’s a long list on your Facebook profile, or a 20+ song music player on your MySpace.

And another thing: If somebody asks, “do u have aim or yahoo?”, and you do, DON’T JUST SAY YES! Say yes… AND GIVE THEM YOUR SCREEN NAME. It’s just… simple logic. You’re likely going to give it to them anyways, so, why are you going to fluster them and make them ask “wut is it?”.

Final Words:
Read the profiles before you send them a message. It makes sense. You’ll get to know the person you’re talking to, and you won’t sound like a bloody idiot.


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