The 19 Personalities You Meet on Facebook

From the 'grudge holder' to the 'Erin Brockovich'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2009 1:16 PM CDT
A Facebook login page is seen on a computer screen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Thursday, August 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

(Newser) – Like any community, Facebook is home to a diverse range of personality types. The Boston Phoenix identifies 19 distinct varieties:

  • The failed model. "Poses repeatedly in front of a computer and pouts in emo fashion." Giveaway: the "Warholian or sepia-toned" profile photo.
  • The archivist. The shut-in bent on scanning and uploading his or her entire personal history. "Un-tag yourself at once."
  • The grudge holder. Someone has wronged this person, and they reference them repeatedly, but not by name.

  • The Erin Brockovich. "Wants to save everything"—and that includes the "abused ferret."
  • The linguistic acrobat. Answers to inane Facebook quizzes come "complete with convoluted sentence structure and obscure pop-culture references."
  • The geriatric. Unable to grasp the telegraphic style of status updates; "wall posts resemble a Christmas newsletter."
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