Kenmore, WA (PRWEB) October 25, 2007
Psychster LLC, a consulting firm of Ph.D. psychologists, last week launched the YouJustGetMe application on Facebook Platform. YouJustGetMe helps people analyze whether others are forming accurate personality impressions about them from their online profiles. In the first week, YouJustGetMe was added by nearly 4,000 users.
"Most people want to be seen as they see themselves, and so they customize their online profiles to accomplish that," says David Evans, Ph.D., founder of Psychster and former Sr. Business Analyst with Classmates.com. "But some elements of your profile, like your picture or a seemingly harmless post about last night's party, can give a false impression. YouJustGetMe is a fun way to find out if that is happening."
After users rate themselves on a 40-question personality inventory, people who visit their profile form an impression of them by answering the same 40 questions about the profile owner. Both parties immediately receive an accuracy score that indicates whether the impression matched the truth. The profile owners learn what image they are projecting, and the visitors learn how good they are at what Evans calls "online mind-reading."
Psychster partner Sam Gosling, Ph.D., of the University of Texas says, "When strangers guess your personality with YouJustGetMe, you find out how informative your profile is. When your friends and dating partners guess your personality, you find out who really knows you best. Either way, people enjoy the immediate results they get on Facebook and the extended analysis they get on the http://www.YouJustGetMe.com website."
Because the formulas behind YouJustGetMe are based on the latest psychological research, users can also find out how similar they are to others and how much they project their own personality onto the people they meet online.
Facebook is a social utility that offers an efficient way for people to stay connected with their friends and the people around them. Facebook users communicate and share information through the social graph, the network of connections and relationships between people. With more than 45 million active users, Facebook is the sixth-most trafficked website in the United States. Facebook recently launched Facebook Platform, a development platform that enables companies and engineers to integrate with Facebook and gain access to millions of users.
Psychster LLC is an independent for-profit Washington state consulting firm founded in 2006 to provide online psychological research and experiences. For more information see http://www.psychster.com.
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