LOL @ 3rd person

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tzhu07, May 29, 2014.

  1. tzhu07 macrumors regular

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    Ever notice how on some people's personal websites or LinkedIn profiles, they write in 3rd person?

    Never seemed intuitive to me.

    I always write about myself in 1st person.
     
  2. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Yeah I really find that odd. If you are referring to yourself please don't take in third person.
     
  3. sviato macrumors 68020

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    Some companies write the profiles for their staff
     
  4. jeremysteele macrumors 6502

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    Wait.... some companies write personal websites or linkedin profiles for their staff?

    That seems like a terrible idea.

    I could see if its an official corporate bio or something - but a company should never touch an employee's personal accounts or sites.
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    If you're doing short bios, on like the bottom of an article, I see nothing wrong with this.
     
  6. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    I used to visit a forum where one of the posters referred to himself in the third person. His/her posts would say stuff like "Harrier is not sure Harrier think's that's a good idea". It was like debating with Elmo.
     
  7. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Hmm... A snippet of code that automatically replaced every "I" found in a post with the user's name would be a great prank.
     
  8. tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular

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  9. tzhu07 thread starter macrumors regular

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    In those cases it's fine.

    But I'm talking about cases in which the person is writing directly about themselves. They're the ones actually typing out the letters on the keyboard about themselves.
     
  10. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    That's really weird.

    I can see using the royal "we" -- for example, posting on your own site something like, "We here at Irony.com don't believe in coincidences."

    But to refer to yourself in the third person? That only works if your website is multiplepersonalitydisorder.com.
     
  11. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    This is what I thought.

    Symptom of a highly narcissistic society? 3rd person implies someone writing about you, you are therefore an object worthy of attention and too important or busy to write it yourself. Lets face it, social media has become a home for a demographic completely obsessed with themselves.
     
  12. senseless macrumors 68000

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    There was a funny Seinfeld episode about this very thing.
     
  13. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Huntn says "It's not appropriate to write about one's self in the third person".
    ... So Huntn is predictable. ;)
     
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