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  I Can't Read Your Profile! (Doll Article)

(April 03, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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Got MySpace? MySpace may be one of the biggest profile based sites on the internet but there are plenty more, including here on the Doll Palace. Profiles are a lot of fun. There aren't many places where you can show who you are and what you like to do. One of the best ways to show the world your inner self is through the decorations on your profile page, but it is definitely possible to have too much of a good thing.

A Blinking Mess!

Flashing lights usually mean one thing – slow down, pay attention, or something of that nature. Cops use flashing lights and so do signs in construction zones. Another increasingly popular place for flashing lights and signs is online. Something is important to you? Say it with flashing lights!

Let's say you support our troops over in Afghanistan or Iraq. You might get a little blinkie to put on your page. It's small and flashes and lets the world know your thoughts on the matter. No problem.

Now, let's say you also support killer whales, PETA, blondes, your favorite bands, you school, your drill team, your favorite football team, your boyfriend's hockey team, your guild on World of Warcraft and the incredible, edible egg. If you get something flashing for each of those, not only will all of them lose meaning by competing with each other, but you'll also permanently damage the vision of all your friends who try to stop by and visit. Sometimes less is more – this is that time.

Squinting Action

If you're less than forty, you shouldn't be squinting. But how many times have you found yourself scrunching your eyes up at the screen trying to read someone's profile? There are reasons newspapers use black and white, people! It's easy to read and the eyes are able to focus on the letters from a distance. It's actually even better to use white on black as that makes the letter pop off the screen better than black on white.

You don't have to limit yourself to black and white unless you really like monotones, but you should avoid certain things like pale pink writing on a white background. Pale anything writing on a light background is killer on the eyes. Be sure your writing has a nice contrast with the background – blue and yellow, red and green, gray and orange are all nice eye-popping hues.

Even if your colors are fine, you might be on the verge of giving someone a seizure if your background is a big bold mess of patterns. A pattern repeating that is larger than the letters on the page can be an eye killer. The eyes are drawn all over the place trying to find letters and most visitors will leave or pass out from the headache you've caused. Keep writing on a plain surface. Save the pictures and patterns for limited areas – not the whole page.

Keep it Clean!

A final note. You may love the new song by your favorite artist, but your friends may not appreciate it if your song, complete with parent displeasing lyrics, comes blaring out of the computer every time your page loads. Be mindful that not everyone needs to expand their vocabulary in regards to human anatomy or variations of the more classic four letter words.

Your profile is all about you, and you should make it look however you want. I'm not in any position to tell you how to live your life or make your page, but I can tell you I won't read it if it gives me a headache. Choose a few meaningful blinkies and keep your theme fun but readable. After all, the whole purpose of building the thing is to make people want to visit, right?


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ILY_heart

19/Female
Rising Star, TX
Posted On: May 17, 2008
Well written article!
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nekomimi92

22/Female
Tampa, FL
Posted On: January 13, 2008
keep it clean, private and be careful of who you add as your friends and enjoy yourself.

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Lingushi

19/Female
Canton, NC
Posted On: November 3, 2007
I don't have a Myspace, and I don't want one.

~Lingushi~
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babytink199

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: October 2, 2007
MySpace is very dangerous, and I don't support it.

I'd wish TDP didn't give out FREE ads...

Enough about MYSPACE..........

I love blinkies! They stand out of the crowd and people actually NOTICE them.
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hot_boy_noah6

23/Male
Canada
Posted On: August 30, 2007
Guys seriously. She's NOT only talk about myspace. What about your site or Profile on TDP. She's talking about all that stuff, and it's true...when you can barely see the words on something, it IS killer to the eyes. ENOUGH ABOUT MYSPACE! Good article but things can get plain without cool stuff, but it doesn't mean that cool stuff has to hurt your eyes.
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ilovesjb

21/Female
Chicago, IL
Posted On: August 17, 2007
i always use emo bacrounds for my myspace
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 15, 2007
WTF IS WRONG WIT YALL??AINT NOTHIN WRONG WIT MYSPACE.ITS A SAFE WEBSITE,THAT IS,IF U KNO WAT UR DOING.BUT CMON LIGHTEN UP,IF U DONT HAVE A MYSPACE THEN U NEED TO SIGN YO A..Z..Z UP 4 ONE.OH YEA,IF U DONT LIKE SUM1 PRO,WHO CARES???IF U CANT STAND THE WAY IT LOOKS,THEN STOP LOOKIN AT IT. DUH!
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blondes_rock_9

19/Female
Spring, TX
Posted On: July 29, 2007
oh come on! some people like the colors pale pink and white. (altho i dont) besides ive never looked at a profile that i couldnt read.
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: May 30, 2007
People have to be MORONS to get hurt on myspace. i am so fuggin tired of hearing about lil 11 year olds getting raped because they talked to some old guy on there. I know how to prevent that-DON'T TALK TO OLD CREEPY MEEN YOU IDIOTS! I swear, I don't see how some people can function, they're so darn stupid.
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enero1000

21/Female
Bronx, NY
Posted On: May 26, 2007
myspace its suck booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooo
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hotchick663

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 16, 2007
yhiiiiiiii
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turtle2123

19/Female
Clemmons, NC
Posted On: April 15, 2007
Some of my friends have myspace and a few of them have tried to get me one but i dont want one cuz if i do i will get in trouble and to tell the truth i dont want one i went for 15 years without one soo ummm i dont really need or want one.
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TheVandalistx

27/Male
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 15, 2007
Myspace has taken over.
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sammyjoe2

36/Female
CA
Posted On: April 14, 2007
myspace!myspace!thats wat every1 talks about.i hate it come on are there any other things other then that to talk about?

i mean ppl get raped killed and hurt.like yesterday a 11 year old kid got killed .by watm MYSPACE!how do ppkl like it? WAKE UP PPL!
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cheshirecat2

19/Female
Lynnwood, WA
Posted On: April 12, 2007
Besides, you can't tell people what colors to put on their profiles! If a person goes blind, thats your own fault for making those colors available to people! So don't be all "Pale against anything is a killer to the eyes" This article can suck my butt.
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