Social Networking: What’s Your Persona?

Social Networking

We’ve all belatedly accepted that social media networking has exposed much of our lives to public scrutiny. Now, our social media habits are being examined to ascertain our online persona, warts and all. Imagine encountering all of your social contacts at a party. As you observe their interaction with each other, patterns of behavior begin to emerge that define each party goer’s social acumen. For example, over time, you’ll begin to recognize the loud mouthed joker, the opinionated know-it-all and the quite wall flower.

The social platforms are populated by the same kind of personalities. These personality traits are useful to note as it gives us insight as to how to interact with them, or conversely, avoid them all together. Here are seven personality types that exemplify online behavioral characteristics:

The Sponge – Typically, a sponge is an effective conduit for information dispersal. Like a sponge, they absorb voluminous amounts of information and re-distribute it without bias.

The Drain – Theses personality types are like sponges, except they spin information with their own caustic point of view.

The Guru – The moniker “Guru” believes the true nature of this personality type. Self-proclaimed Gurus can drain the life out of a tweet and keeps the “Unfriend” button busy.

The All-rounder – Great social personalities with which to interact. The tend to be knowledgeable on their topics, intuitive and insightful.

The Observer – This social network personality is a bit of a voyeur. They linger largely in the shadows and never reveal their position.

The Maverick – This online persona is always the “Belle of the Ball”. Their out-of-the-box thinking differentiates them from the digital lemmings. Typically highly creative types, they tend to offer alternative points-of view in a witty, non-confrontational style.

I’m sure that this list is incomplete. Feel free to drop us a post about any other social media personality types that you’ve encountered in your social media interactions.

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