How are you at making visual profiles of your online friends?
Or do you even do it??
I've gotta tell you, I'm not so good at it.
I'm constantly amazed by how surprised I am when I see an online friend in a new light.
An online profile is usually a few sentences accompanied by a small head shot.
That's not much to go by.
Often when the picture is changed or photos are posted I have to change my in-mind profile because I got it completely wrong the first time.
The more photos, audio (like Carol Duncan's radio interviews with bloggers) or videos I see, the better the in-mind profile becomes.
There are quite a few people who I think I have all worked out now. So if I actually met them in real life, I don't think I'd be too surprised.
But isn't it a funny thing?
Getting to know people without many visual or auditory cues.
There are some online friends who have never used their name or a photo of themself as an avatar. But I still think of them as friends.
I think it's great. I know I can express myself much easier by writting and I'm guessing a lot of you do too.
When I first joined Twitter a little over a year ago, I was always putting only flattering avatars up. Then I got over myself and used more true to life ones.
Having said that I am at the moment using a recent but quite flattering one, it doesn't really look anything like me at all.
So I wonder how many of you have an accurate in-mind profile of me?
And I wonder who'd be surprised if we did bump into each other in the street.
Here are some extra clues, just in case we ever do...
I'm probably shorter than you'd expect (I'm 158cm).
I'm probably slightly chubbier than you'd expect (My Wii Fit tells me I'm slightly overweight (Yes, it's very rude!)).
I probably have bigger boobs than you'd expect (size ginormi-cup).
I'd probably giggle more than you'd expect (it's a nervous thing).
I probably have more grey hairs than you'd expect.
I probably stumble over my words more than you'd expect.
I probably have more wrinkles than you'd expect.
I probably laugh louder than you might expect.
I probably have a bigger smile than you'd expect.
There you go. Now I've prepared you in case we ever meet.
Just one more thing...
Would you be brave enough to say hello if you did recognize me or would you cross the street and pretend you never saw me?
I don't know what I do.