I think it’s interesting how different aspects of people’s personalities come out in different social media/online platforms. Or maybe: how a person’s preferred social medium could potentially reveal something about their personalities.
Here’s another way to think of it: different people are naturally drawn to different physical environments. I am a naturally introverted person – I like small cafes where I can be left alone. Bookstores are like sanctuaries for me. I actively stay away from places with big crowds, as they tend to make me stressed. Some people love dive bars, while others prefer nightclubs, or biergartens, or speakeasies. The places people choose to be often say something about their current values and personalities.
I think the same thing is starting to come across in the virtual world.
On Facebook, I come off as a certain person. However, most likely, I don’t come off as anything at all, as I barely log on or contribute anymore. I started drifting away from Facebook two years ago, as I got increasingly uncomfortable with sharing things with an audience of people that didn’t necessarily represent close friends. I also drifted away as the “Like” button became popular and put an unspoken, unconscious, almost weird pressure on posting/sharing for mass approval.
Which brings me to Twitter. I use twitter a lot. I’m not the most prolific sharer on Twitter, but I am on the service daily, almost constantly. I love Twitter. I feel like it was made for me. I purposely limit my audience to a tiny crowd of people I feel comfortable with.
But more than that, I feel like it fits my personality well. I love one-liners. I love people nailing opinions and insights succinctly. And, for the most part, I like the distillation of information into the essential elements.
As absent as I am on facebook, I am more “myself” and comfortable on twitter.
But back to my point: we are in an age now where the way you use your different online personas could maybe almost form some sort of personal chemical makeup. Maybe you’re an oversharer on foursquare, subdued on Twitter, a poster of purely funny unaesthetically attractive pictures on instagram, prolific and deep on okcupid. And maybe: if your predilections are Twitter or Path over Facebook, this could start to give clues as to what type of person you are and how you like to socialize in real life.