Continuing the silliness: Typealyzer tracking

The profund-o-meter rates this post a big fat zero.

I thought I’d find a new home for the periodic retests of this blog’s “personality type,” rather than keep adding more and more comments to this post.

When I wrote the post (November 13, 2008), I was surprised to find Typealyzer rating me (or rather “me as in this blog”) as Myers-Briggs ESTP, particularly given that “E” stands for “Extrovert” and the description of this type, “The Doers,” includes “They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through.” I believe the latter is demonstrably false, and I’m pretty clearly an introvert (and scored that way on a real Myers-Briggs test).

A handful of people may or may not be doing their own tests every couple of weeks to see how things change over time. I was still ESTP on November 21–but started out as INTP, a much more plausible finding, on November 10.

I’ll try to remember to update this blog every week or two for a while…and somehow I forgot to do that on December 1. (Unless I posted it somewhere else.) So much for the controlled experiment. Anyway:

December 7, 2008: ISTP – “The Mechanics.” At least I’m back on the Introvert side, but “They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters”? Not so much.

3 Responses to “Continuing the silliness: Typealyzer tracking”

  1. Mark says:

    Interesting, Walt. I, too, am now an ISTP.

    Seeing as I never recorded my initial type–although I think INTP–I cannot really participate in the experiment. But seeing as I haven’t added a word to my blog since before the initial analysis I find the change “intriguing.” Maybe the are fine-tuning their algorithms. 😉

  2. Breanne says:

    Hi there! I came across this post through my Google Alerts for the word “MBTI.” This may or may not be of interest to you, but I write a blog about the MBTI and wrote a post about how Typealyzer is basically junk. I know lots of people are checking it out for entertainment sake- and that’s totally cool…but I hope you don’t confuse those “blog type” results for your own personality type. Anyway, I won’t go into why the site is junk here, I just wanted to let you know if you wanted to learn more, here’s the original post: I also have a discussion in the comments section with the creator of the Typealyzer site.

  3. walt says:

    I don’t think anyone here (within the library field) takes Typealyzer seriously. As with the other “tools” mentioned a few weeks ago, it’s only noted for fun–as with tools that claim to judge how much a blog is worth, its reading level, or whether the blogger is male or female.