What Do Your Facebook Interactions REALLY Say About You?

For those of you that tuned in yesterday morning, you found out why I rarely schedule a draft post. I’m more than a little bit absent-minded and I forget it’s lurking. Thank you for your patience.

We’re having Techie Tuesday today, and I’ve got a fun little present for you.

Social Media is incredibly interesting to me…actually, I flat out love it. I love the interaction, the variety and the community.

Most people prefer one platform over another, and I’m going to confess right up front to a bias toward Twitter. (Facebook, as fun as it is, takes up waaaay too much time in my opinion.)

Most of my pals have a love/hate relationship with social media. Below are the ones I hear most often on both sides of the fence.

Common Social Media Dislikes:

  • The updates whip by too fast.
  • Nobody talks to you.
  • It’s too hard to keep up.
  • It’s all sales.
  • It’s a waste of time.
  • What does all that time actually get you?

Common Social Media Likes:

  • The community is awesome.
  • You can go on when you want.
  • Increased blog traffic.
  • Tons of information.
  • It’s fun.

This post is about the last bullet point on each of those lists. I had tons of fun with a new tool I found through Dino Dogan, an online pal of mine and the co-founder of Triberr.

Zeebly’s new app, SocialMe,  sifts through your Facebook updates from the beginning of time and tells you what they say about you.

I know…kinda spooky. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to know. But curiosity won and I’m glad I did it. Since y’all are my posse, I’ll share the deets with you too. 🙂

When and What I post:

Zeebly - Topics Time Tone

My Facebook Personality:

Zeebly - Personality

(The only surprise to me above is that my updates say I lean more to the introverted side.)

My Facebook Pals

Zeebly - Friends

And here’s where the stats started making me laugh…

[“Jenny uses more emoticons than 95% of people” made me clutch my sides laughing.]

Zeebly - Too much punctuation

And cry…

Zeebly - Total Words

I knew I cross-posted from Twitter more than was allowed thanks to Lisa Hall-Wilson’s FAB Facebook post, but more words than the Diary of Anne Frank? That one was a bit eye-opening.

If you’d like to check out your own Social Me analysis, it took me about five minutes. Feel free to do it, then come back and tell us about your results. Or write your own post and link back here so we can all check you out that way.

What are your common social media likes and dislikes? What has been the most surprising to you? Do you plan to go scope out your SocialMe? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!


About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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78 Responses to What Do Your Facebook Interactions REALLY Say About You?

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  2. K.B. Owen says:

    Wow, Jenny, this looks cool! I’ll check it out and get back to the Cowbell posse. I’m honored to be in your top 5 peeps! And it doesn’t surprise me at all that you are a heavy punctuation/emoticon gal. 😉 I am surprised that the sexuality category was so low, but maybe it’s because you save the #pantypeeps and Vagina Coloring books for your blog. LOL!


  3. Ryan King says:

    “We’ve analyzed your data, unfortunately you had very little Facebook data for us to analyze, so we are unable to make any interesting conclusions.” – I think that says I’m too introverted. No?


  4. Jane Sadek says:

    Well, of course, I had to immediately run over there and check it out. Most of it was fun, but did they have to point out that I’m long-winded and grammatically challenged!


  5. Fun! I’m definitely scoping out this Social Me you speak of. : )


  6. K.B. Owen says:

    Well, that’s interesting…I use Facebook WAY more than I thought I did! Apparently, I’ve posted more words than the U.S. Constitution. But some things weren’t so surprising:

    “Kathy uses longer words than 95% of people.”
    “Kathy uses words with more syllables than 94% of people.”
    “Kathy uses more advanced words than 86% of people.”

    LOL! Can you tell I’m a former academic? Ah, well, you guys still love me, right? 😉


  7. Julie Glover says:

    Well, this thing is all messed up. It has me down as extroverted. So just ignore that part, Jenny!

    Apparently, Kathy and I can chat just fine because I also had:
    Julie uses longer words than 95% of people.
    Julie uses words with more syllables than 92% of people.
    Julie uses more advanced words than 92% of people.

    But the one that cracked me up was: “Julie uses more sensual words than 95% of people.” What?! What are these “sensual words” I’m using? On Facebook?


  8. Um. Jenny? There is an ostrich hiding in the herd your posse is trying to corral..

    I am a “later gator” gal on effective use of FB and Twitter. Yes. I know I should have registered for Marcy’s WANA magic Twitter class.

    My mood this morning is “just happy to be here!”

    Me thinks I won’t mess with that MoJo by inviting FB to tell me I’m a social media dolt. Forsooth.

    You? Introvert? If you go to Nationals, will I have to peek in dark corners to find you?


  9. Wow, I also spend way too much time on facebook! LOL! I need to learn to use facebook better, because my use does not, wholly reflect who I am. LOLOL!


  10. amyshojai says:

    I’ll come back later to check it out more. But trying to be disciplined and go do some writerly work! Great post, Jenny, I am sooooo gonna share.


  11. shayfabbro says:

    My analysis was pretty dead on. especially the part about using exclamation marks more than 96% of the population. My editor would agree 😉


  12. I’m a little frightened to try it out and see what it says about me. (Actually, the only part I’m really worried about is the word count. I don’t know if I want to know that I’ve written more words on Facebook than would fill a novel! …I’m pretty sure I have…)


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Yeah, I felt that way too, Marcy. I wanted to crawl under the covers when I saw the Diary of Anne Frank part. But *please* run it cuz I’m dying to know your results. 🙂


    • Marcy, try it – it’s fun. I was afraid of the word count too, since it feels like I’m on FB all the time. But I ended up with “only” 29k. I don’t even want to think about my word count on Twitter and blogs 🙂


  13. Ginger Calem says:

    I did mine and it was smack on. I’ll have to post about my results. I was thrilled to know I’d written more words than Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Although, I’d have much rather have written that book than all the Facebook statuses. 😉 Really fun, Jenny!


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Coolness, Ginger! And I can’t wait to see your post. I love stuff like this…it’s totally fun to see everyone’s results.

      p.s. I went to my second “open” Crossfit class this morning…and I actually had fun. 🙂


  14. Amber West says:

    “Still crunching, one thing we’ve learned already, you use Facebook a lot…”

    That’s right. I’m sitting here still waiting for my analysis.

    (PS – I’ll be back, but wanted to let my fellow Chrome users know that the site may not work for them. I had to go to Firefox to use it. Probably a security setting I have active on Chrome)


    • Amber West says:

      Still crunching…


      • Amber West says:

        “Amber uses more sensual words than 89% of people.”
        Really? When did poop become sensual? Don’t answer that.

        “Amber uses longer words than 93% of people.”
        You don’t take four years of Latin and NOT use all those lovely SAT words. I’m like, the quiddity of pulchritude, yo.

        “Amber uses words with more syllables than 91% of people.”
        Polysyllabic status updates, FTW!

        “You are very non-spiritual and extroverted.”
        Hmmm. You’re kinda-sorta-a-lot wrong on that one, SocialMe.

        Actually, when it comes to personality qualities, I apparently am someone very different on Facebook. Hmmm…


        • Jenny Hansen says:

          “Really? When did poop become sensual? Don’t answer that.” <– BAHAHAHA!

          This comments series of yours had me snorting with laughter while I was in the middle of a tedious meeting, so thanks. And I'm really impressed with that four years of Latin. 🙂


          • Amber West says:

            My work here is done!

            But seriously, very happy to know I helped you through tedium. That’s pretty much my goal in saying most things.

            And yes, 4 years of a dead language because I have a really interesting view of fun. (I did TRY to take Spanish simultaneously, but there was a power struggle between me and the old Gringo teaching it. Stories for another day. During another tedious meeting.)


  15. I had fun with this when you sent me the link. I’m with K.B – I’m long-winded and use long words. But, if it makes you feel better, FB thinks I’m outgoing, extroverted, and very fun 😀 Thanks for the link love. ((hugs)) I’m posting two short 1-2hr webinars for FB in Jan. Stay tuned.


  16. Dino Dogan says:

    HAZAH! Thnx fr the mention. 🙂


  17. Hah, I should be writing, but this is fun. Although I’ve got creeped out when, in the middle of the analysis, it said, “we are learning so much about you.”

    So I’m optimistic and extroverted. Like to talk about books (duh, I’m an author), outdoors (yep, that’s me), and shopping (well, just shoes mostly). Below average – talking about my day (and teaching, and questions). I’m guessing that’s a good thing 🙂 Above average – talking about Loving, Humorous, Cultural, and Excited.

    Compassionate, Ambitious, Optimistic – not bad. And yeah, I use more emoticons than 98% of people, haha. Plus, I use fewer periods, more dashes, more quotation marks, and more words per sentence than most people. Snort. And more advanced words than 85% of people (that must be a side effect of English being my second language).


  18. filbio says:

    Wow! This sounds cool and creepy at the same time! I had to try it out!

    LOL! As it was analyzing it said this –
    Still crunching, one thing we’ve learned already, you use Facebook a lot ……

    Wow, you use Facebook a ton!
    Phil, you like to talk about Your Community, Travel, and Food. You are extroverted and traditional. You post statuses to Facebook most often in the afternoon using Facebook.com – all pretty true!

    Most posts are humorous, loving, excited! You post about 134 statuses per month.
    The average person posts 12.8 statuses per month. Might I be obsessed?

    43,600 words typed. You have posted as many words as a book! In fact, you have posted more words than Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which has a total of 36,363 words. Good lord!

    That was fun!


  19. Patricia says:

    I like Twitter and FB but I don’t go to either one very often. Twitter is so fast that by the time someone comments on my post it’s gone before I get a chance to see it. I do have an e-mail notification come to me so I know who’s at least attempted to “talk” to me.

    FB is a nice way to get information out to a lot of people at once, but I find that instead of offering comments, a lot of people just hit the “like” button, which tells me nothing really, especially if I’ve asked a question. “Like” is not a response to a question.

    Anyway, fun stuff to find out about you.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Patricia, you can just go to your interaction/mentions page and engage with people from there. It’s much easier to do it that way on Twitter (in my humble opinion).


  20. You are an introvert?!?! Say what???? Okaaaay. That’s interesting. But I am in awe of you with twitter. I still have a terrible time with it. I wasn’t on there for a few month and as you know, my mother board died. So I waited until I got my computer back from our favorite place, Frys, which took two month thank you very much. But…when I turned on Tweetdeck, it told me there is a new version to upload. Oh Jenny, I’m afraid to upload it. What if I don’t understand the new version. All this social media stuff gives me a panic attack. LOL! 🙂


  21. Ok so here’s mine….

    The only thing I know isn’t right is that I’m “not spiritual”. The truth is, that I’m quite spiritual but, not religious 😉

    I’m totally floored that I’ve written more words than a chronical of narnia!!!


    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Yep, Molly, religion is where I keep seeing the Social Me be WAY off. Because we all were taught not to talk politics and religion so most of us keep those topics out of the fray. 🙂


  22. Diana Beebe says:

    I’m afraid to look! LOL. If I do, I’ll let you know. 🙂


    • Diana Beebe says:

      I couldn’t resist! I’m confident and non-spiritual. What?! That is so not true about me. It’s just true about what I post or not. I use emoticons–a lot–and dashes. That was an interesting way of looking at FB and how I use it. Thanks for sharing!


      • Jenny Hansen says:

        Go, Diana! That means you come across that way in the algorithm. Mine said I was introverted, which is SO not true. So, you have to take some of it with a grain of salt. I say, “fake it till you make it, sister!”


  23. Jess Witkins says:

    This is so interesting. I really think this is actually some worthwhile info. Although I fear what facebook will say about me since I started mine in college. “Jess drinks more than…” Hmmmm

    But I love your research into this Jenny. Thank you! I’m with you though. I like Twitter way more. Facebook has gotten too hard for me to maintain as much as so many others are on it. I really only use it to upload photos for friends and family to see and link to blog posts. You are my social media maven. I am so envious of your ability to learn and master technology.


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  25. Debra Kristi says:

    I don’t know. How can I ignore FB for days, write fewer words (still a book, mind you) and come up as an extrovert when I know myself to be the opposite, and you get an introvert with more words? This told me I need to spend even less time on there and more time writing. 😉 OH NO! I used an emoticon. FB did say I use them far too often. Damn. LOL.


  26. Jenny, I’ve been meaning to speak with you about being so “introverted” … NOT! I would love to know how they pulled up that stat! Thanks SO much for getting Dino to help with Triberr. Most appreciated! xo


  27. LOL! I don’t know about all this..

    Brittney is more certain than 87% of people.
    Brittney uses more feeling words than 88% of people
    Brittney is more spatial than 91% of people.
    Brittney uses longer words than 96% of people.

    OK, that was too much fun! I was in the middle of writing a social media post when I read your post, so I’m going to send some link lovin’ your way since it worked right into my subject matter.

    Post comes out on February 22. A little ways off yet, but FYI. : )


  28. I’m starting my comment to you in Word…because I have Zeebly checking out my whole Facebook thing. And I’m starting to get scared. At ‘472 statuses analyzed,’ it let me know that I use FB a lot (um…yeah), but it’s still going strong after a lot more than a minute or two.

    And the results are in…
    76,539 Words Typed more than Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which has a total of 36,363 words.
    Kristy uses more words per sentence than 91% of people, fewer question marks than 87% of people, uses fewer exclamation marks than 90% of people, uses more apostrophes in her writing than 93% of people, is more insightful than 91% of people, and is more spatial than 86% of people (WHAT does that mean??? I take up more space on FB?). I also use ‘more prepositions in her writing than 89% of people.’ Not sure if that’s good or bad… I also speak more in the past tense than 85% of people…and that can’t be good. 🙂

    I’m way above average in the happy/excited categories, and I scored highest on extroverted, confident, and very non-spiritual (much to my surprise and dismay…but then we’re not supposed to talk politics or religion so that would explain it).

    Thanks for sharing the link! That was a lot of fun. 🙂


  29. Brinda Berry says:

    I’ve only typed 5,057 words so far. That makes sense because I’m not crazy about FB. I also use fewer exclamation marks than most. YAY!!!! ha

    I thought it was interesting that I use more sensual words than 96%. Just how sensual am I getting in my FB status updates? Hmmm… <- I probably use more Hmmms than most, but they didn't evaluate that.


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  32. It’s taken me ten days to get back here… it’s been five minutes and SocialMe is still crunching… I’m sensing a theme here.

    Still crunching… like Amber, they’ve let me know that I use Facebook a lot. Um, you think?

    Well, not surprising, I’m extroverted and optimistic. But the it says I’m below average in happy? How does that happen?

    I continue to be a walking contradiction in my writing:

    “Tameri uses more commas than 86% of people.”
    Seriously? I hate comma overuse. Need to work on that.

    “Tameri uses more apostrophes in her writing than 94% of people.”
    What? Am I writing a fantasy nov’el and I make every’thing into a tua’than language?

    “Tameri uses less punctuation in her writing than 85% of people.”
    Make up your mind!

    I’ve written way too many words ~ more than The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. To be fair, I thought their word count was low. I mean, ONLY 40,093? I’m slacking.

    That was fun. I might have to make my statuses more interesting to see what SocialMe comes up with next time. I’m thinking it could become a fun game/addiction.


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  35. Athena Brady says:

    Think I will check it out Jenny, wonder what it will say. great post.


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