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Old 29.07.2011, 13:31
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I admire bears - some real and some just movie characters - but I would never think of using their picture as my avatar.
To each his own...I guess.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:33
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To each his own...I guess.
Now you mention it, I always looked up to the bear in Jungle Book...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:33
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It is. Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Nigelr and the bear are all one in the same just taken from different angles.
As is mine (just taken when they were in their cross-dressing phase)
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:34
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Why not use a picture of yourself
Since you ask the question......

Why a bear and not a pic of you ?

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Old 29.07.2011, 13:35
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Re: Why use somebody else's picture?

It's like a masquerade ball. We aren't hiding but rather creating the space for different sorts of conversations. We don't put up pictures of ourselves to 1) feel free to have honest conversations independent of our real-world identities, 2) don't identify ourselves for axe murderers.

I chose a marmot because they are possibly the world's cutest animals and also native to the Swiss Alps (among other places). They are pretty adorable but can get aggressive if cornered....sort of like me
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:36
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Since you ask the question......

Why a bear and not a pic of you ?

Because of anonymity of course, and I thought a bear was neutral, not offensive etc.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:39
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Re: Why use somebody else's picture?

I guess people use "famous people" pictures as their avatars for the same reason people use "famous people" pictures printed on their t-shirts or school books/cases (yes, I had a Madonna pencil case! It was the freaking 80's and I am not ashamed of it! Pfffft )

People like or identify themselves with that celebrity. They are not saying "I am celebrity X", they are saying "I enjoy/agree/disagree/admire/like to rock at the sound of celebrity X".

If I put a picture of myself as an avatar, it will break as much ice as in real life (as in, no one wants to talk to the ugly weirdo). But if I put a picture of David Gahan or Dostoievsky, I might attract the other weirdos I might enjoy speaking to about something else but the horrible Swiss Summer. I let someone else be my ambassador/ambassatrix.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:43
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If I put a picture of myself as an avatar, it will break as much ice as in real life (as in, no one wants to talk to the ugly weirdo).
Pics or GTFO
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:45
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as in, no one wants to talk to the ugly weirdo.
I don't think it matters that much, what you look like IRL.
As long as you have the same interests and are fun/interesting to talk to, that it.

For me atleast.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:50
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I don't think it matters that much, what you look like IRL.
As long as you have the same interests and are fun/interesting to talk to, that it.
I meant it in a way of ice breaking, because you don't know if you have common interests or not with a stranger. I noticed it myself in my old regular comic book store: I'd pick up conversation with the "normal" looking guys and the guys with StarWars/ Superman t-shirts, but the weird 40 year old women dressed like S&M lolittas, I'd keep away... Who knows, maybe those women were actually my twin souls!

When you are shy, a hint on common interests is very much welcome... Otherwise you're doomed to a "what if?"


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Pics or GTFO

Sorry, only 6 year old pictures of mine online on embarrasing primary school photos (I hate you, Facebook networks!)...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:51
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Trying to explain seriously, I'd say that for me, I select pictures for my avatar to strike a chord in others. Usually my intent is to 1. seek out like-minded folk and 2. to say a little something about myself WITHOUT posting an actual photo of myself.


Meanwhile, it generally is NOT a good idea to post easily-accessed photos of yourself on the internet.

I don't post my real picture because I don't want all the English Speakers at work to know who KF really is! I shall forever conceal my true identity!!! And for the low cost of 1 Million Dollars (Bwaaaaaa ha hah ha) then I will reveal myself.

Otherwise my picture theme is people spying on others until something happens to influence me in another direction.

by the way, I don't even post my real picture on Facebook outside of what my friends can access.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:51
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Well, I am definitely my pic
Me too....I mean my picture not yours.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:52
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I chose a marmot because they are possibly the world's cutest animals and also native to the Swiss Alps (among other places).
Yes, but why did you choose a picture of an North American marmot and not a Swiss one?

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Old 29.07.2011, 13:53
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I meant it in a way of ice breaking, because you don't know if you have common interests or not with a stranger. I noticed it myself in my old regular comic book store: I'd pick up conversation with the "normal" looking guys and the guys with StarWars/ Superman t-shirts, but the weird 40 year old women dressed like S&M lolittas, I'd keep away... Who knows, maybe those women were actually my twin souls!

When you are shy, a hint on common interests is very much welcome... Otherwise you're doomed to a "what if?"
True. Thats why I said "doesn't matter that much"

And you are right. In order for someone to get up to someone, they need to have a certain visual credibility.
But then again...it depends on the situation, the common interest etc...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:54
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Yes, but why did you choose a picture of an North American marmot and not a Swiss one?

Tom
Tom, I'm a N. American marmot, no matter how long I stay here...(even though I admire the local "alpie dogs" very much)

Geez, that Swiss one is pretty freakin' cute....

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Old 29.07.2011, 13:55
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Re: Why use somebody else's picture?

I can tell you, bear/Dustin Hoffman/motorcycle, whatever, that's all fine. Just don't use a real photo of yourself. Far too many weirdos out there.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:55
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Sorry, only 6 year old pictures of mine online on embarrasing primary school photos (I hate you, Facebook networks!)...
Not quite...
<Insert evil laughter>

or atleast I think...
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Old 29.07.2011, 14:00
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Not quite...
<Insert evil laughter>

or atleast I think...
If you are talking about what I think you are talking about, it's not a photo, it's a self-portrait I made. Ah! Take that!
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Old 29.07.2011, 14:02
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If you are talking about what I think you are talking about, it's not a photo, it's a self-portrait I made. Ah! Take that!
Obivously some sort of weird EF romance is brewing up here....
get a chat room why don't cha??
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Old 29.07.2011, 14:16
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Obivously some sort of weird EF romance is brewing up here....
get a chat room why don't cha??
You have to step away from those Matthew McConaughey movies, Ouchie! ashishshah over there just read my profile and he mentioned it before. That is why I have a good idea on what he is talking about


These boys nowadays...
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