Just for a bit of fun I took the Web Behaviour Test on the BBC website (part of The Virtual Revolution series). You have to register with the site and it takes about 20 minutes to answer all the questions and complete the games.
The web behaviour test looks at three different aspects of your web usage:
- Adaptable or specialised?
- Fast-moving or slow-moving?
- Social or solitary?
and compares this to eight different types of animal:
Based on my answers and performance in the games I am a web hedgehog, and I would have to say that I agree with that analysis. The three traits which make me a hedgehog are:
1) Slow-moving – "careful internet users, taking their time to find the right information."
Essential for family history research I would think. You need to take your time to assess the information that you find, rather than just accept the first answer you come up with.
2) Solitary – "prefer to go it alone, rarely relying on information on social networks or other sites whose content is created by its users."
A controversial one this, it is accurate in that I very rarely use information from online family trees and I don’t tweet or have a Facebook account, but I would imagine that I am probably in a minority among online genealogists.
3) Specialised – "best suited to concentrating on one thing at a time rather than attempting to multitask."
Very much related to the first trait, taking the time to focus on one thing at a time, rather than trying to do lots of things at the same time. I don’t know about you, but when I am online I like to give my family history (or anything else for that matter) my full attention.
If you take the test let me know in the comments what sort of web animal you are? You can even publicise your animal type on Facebook, unless of course you are a solitary animal like me without a Facebook account!