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Twitter Stereotyping

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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?



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Discussion

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    Chris Pugh

    May 9, 2011

    The same thing happened to me a while back… For nearly a year I had numerous discussions with a graphical avatar person without knowing if they were male of female. After a few months I was about 80% sure they were a “she”, which was later confirmed.

    I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to pry… if someone doesn’t want their gender know, for whatever reason, I don’t feel comfortable asking them to divulge.

    Jim

    May 10, 2011

    So who was it?

    HAHA!

    LUNCH SOON!

    westwood

    May 25, 2011

    I love that, that’s hilarious.

    It’s interesting how there are two camps on the interweb… anonymity (twitter, 4chan, etc.) and transparency (facebook, wikipedia, etc.). Who will win?