Have you ever thought about how you read a Facebook profile. I’ve never thought about it, but I am going to try and describe what I do when I read one.
I think the first thing that I look for are the Identity cues in the profile. Of course there are obvious things on a profile like a wall, a photo, and friends, but I think I look to see how they put all of that together to tell me about their identity. I see all of the obvious things, but I love looking for all of the things underneath the profile. How does this identity projection represent them? If I’m looking at a profile and I know them personally, I think about what they project on their profile and how my experiences with them might be different. Are they extroverted? Are they happy? How can I encourage them? What fills them? What motivates them? If what we say represents what’s in our hearts, then reading their hearts is quite possible.
Now, I can’t know if I’m right or wrong. I try and remember to ask them next time i see them. As I think about this, I don’t know that I think about my profile this much. Typically, I post what I’m thinking and I’m sure I can look at my profile and ask a bunch of the same questions about mine.
We definitely say more than we realize. On Facebook both what is intended and what is perceived – are both true. These days we can judge a book by it’s cover. You can definitely learn alot about people if you actually read a profile. I need to think more about how I read. I probably will continue to just write.
Thanks for reading. How do you read a Facebook profile?