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How revealing is your Facebook profile?

May 12, 2009

If you live in London and are aged between 5 and 55 then having a social networking profile (probably Facebook) is getting to be pretty much compulsory.  But how seriously do we take this website networking thing? Can people really tell much about you from a web profile? Amazingly,  perhaps worryingly, some early research seems to indicate that people browsing your profile can, and do, form quite sophisticated opinions about your personality based on your profile alone, and what’s more they’d probably think the same of you if they met you in person:

The key finding was that participants rated as more likeable in the flesh also tended to be rated as more likeable based on their Facebook page. 

This is a small experiment, done only on college students, so the results should be taken with a grain of salt. But it’s not too surprising to find that people who shared more information (such as photos) on their Facebook pages are going to be judged more likable than those who shared very little.

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