I talk a lot on twitter. A little less at the moment as I’m planning the conference and distracted by a newborn but I still try to chat when I can. I have conversations with people literally all over the world. It’s blows my mind! Some I know. Some I’ve met. Most I will never meet.
A large percentage of people on twitter don’t have photo based avatars. They have pictures of their kids, dogs, logos, and variety of unidentifiable little nuggets of their personalities. I notice avatars even more then names, maybe because I’m a visual.
I also tend to make assumptions based on avatars. Picture of a baby or child? More than likely a mom. Race bib? a runner. Food photo? Food blogger.
For the past few months I’ve been having a conversation with someone who has a graphical based avatar (I’ll never tell so don’t ask). The entire time we’ve conversed I assumed this person was a “she” until I glanced at HIS profile page.
Why did I make this sex based assumption? I’m not sure. Could be that most people I follow are women. Could be that his particular avatar was feminine. Could be I just assume people I talk to are like me. I really can’t explain it.
In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think it really matters. Yet another reason why I think twitter is so awesome –it breaks down a lot of barriers.
Has this happen to anyone else?