Nov 13 2012

Social Stereotypes In The Networked World

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Website builders Wix.com put together an amusing infographic that reflects what kind of yearbook-type different social networks would be taken for. Do you remember? There have always been the rich man’s daughter, the sporting ace with the red cabriolet, the nerd with the black glasses, one or more hussies and all those gossipers and hearsayers. I suppose things haven’t changed much over the years as Wix.com identifies the exact same characters in our favorite social networks.

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What would social networks be if they were real people on real high schools? Wix.com thinks it found out and presents a funny infographic which you shouldn’t take too seriously. All your beloved ones are there. It starts with sporting ace Facebook. This is for the whole bunch. People even find out about news on the platform, are being cyberbullied in massive amounts and tend to like drugs more and more.

YouTube is our theater guy. I knew one of that kind while I was forced to stay in school. He played every role, be it comedy, drama, action or romance. What he never did though, was get naked and earn money, not even while not naked. Same is true with YouTube. If you want to make money on the flix you upload there you can expect between 2,50 and 5 $ per 1,000 views. Payment is due only from amounts 100 $ and upwards. So you’ll probably need a life-time to get some dough out.

Twitter, our chatty Cathy, tends to be loud without saying a lot. She’s never quiet. Though I disagree in the point that she keeps herself as short on the amount of words as Twitter does, it is interesting to see other similarities. Most of chatty Cathy’s bursts are ignored, which is also true for 71 % of tweets, while only 23 % of tweets ever get replied to.

Pinterest comes into play as our cheerleader. 80 % of the user base are female and only a small number is under the age of eighteen. Pinterest is already stronger in traffic than Twitter. No other website managed to gain 10 million monthly users faster.

Google+ stands apart from the others. It’s the rich kid. Not a lot of comrades like to play with it. If you had contact once you’re not likely to want contact again. This of course is not my personal experience with Google+. Instead I experience Google+ as a platform where a lot of smart people freely exchange advises, discussions, content in general. The tone is mostly friendly, absolutely not fitting to the arrogant manners of the typical rich kid.

The student body representative, or simpler the class representative is always a loud guy with a lot, a lot of network nodes. Who could fit that picture better than LinkedIn, which almost every business professional in the US uses?

Does Instagram really come over as a bunch of hussies taking self-pictures in underwear. At least that’s what Wix.com found out. I have not seen any underwear pictures on Instagram up to now. Should I be missing out on something?

Though Yelp might really be mostly about gossip, the effects on restaurants that manage to rise their Yelp score are noteworthy. Between 5 and 9 % of revenue rise can occur after gaining that one more star in the score. Last, not least, our long-haired musician, walking around on bare feet and refusing to shave – called the band guy by Wix.com – finds his digital mirror in mySpace. Will the platform with its more than 42 million songs ever become relevant again? Or will it share the fate with our long-haired musician no-one wants to hire?

Here we go for the infographic. As I said, don’t take it too seriously, no psychologists were involved in its production. At least as far as I know…

Did I mention that clicking on the infographic takes you to the bigger version over at Wix.com? No? Bummer, missed again…

Via: [Wix.com]

About the Author

Dieter Petereit is Noupe's Editor-In-Chief and a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called webdesign and has carried on ever since. Almost a decade ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. Dieter is a heavy G-Plusser, so why not meet him over there?

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Comments and Discussions
  • Robin Jennings, 23 November 2012

    Nice infograph. Interesting stat on the restaurant reviews on Yelp. Just goes to show you how powerful reviews can be.

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