In honor of seniors everywhere, here’s a yearbook style collection of personalities we encounter in the larger sphere of online video conferencing along with their popularity features. Which one(s) are you?
May or may not have worked out or gone for a run. Shows up in active wear. Might still be sweaty.
Popularity feature: Fitness tracker
Shows up in front of a blank wall. Where are you? Bedroom? Office? Closet? Bathroom?
Popularity feature: Minimalism
Sips from a coffee mug. You can see the steam rising. Under normal circumstances, meets from a hipster coffeehouse.
Popularity feature: Chemex coffee pot
This one is chill. Shows up without worrying about the camera. Kicks back on a couch or overstuffed chair. You can tell their feet are propped.
Popularity feature: Leather couch
There is nowhere to go. Uses a kid’s room due to lack of space. Would meet in the bathroom if not for interruptions. Wall color varies from bubble gum pink, lime green, or other primary color. A gold glittered version of the word “Princess” or piles of LEGO make a strong statement.
Popularity feature: Cool toys
Dons high quality noise blocking headphones. Some have separate microphones. Tech savvy. Makes you wonder if they have a side gig. Maybe a podcast or spinning tunes at a nightclub.
Popularity feature: Bose equipment
Shows up in the garage. Probably working on a bunker project prior to the meeting. Make it quick, they’ve got stuff to do.
Popularity feature: Power tools
Thumbnail icon is the only indication of this co-worker’s physical presence. There is an aura. Talks and chats, but you never see them.
Popularity feature: Invisibility
Others see a work space, typically a dining room or kitchen. No one ever sees or hears this person. Briefly floats into the meeting, but are they really there? Not there? Hello? Bueller?
Popularity feature: Skipping meetings
Characteristics of Ghost. Microphone is muted throughout the meeting. Skilled at using the chat room.
Popularity feature: Fast typing skills
Littles climb onto their lap and pop into the meeting. These are good parents who cuddle their adorable kids, leave the camera on, let them say hi and then give them something to color. And the child complies. Older kids tend to photobomb the meeting then quickly run to do homework.
Popularity feature: Candidate for sainthood
Identifies with Comfy Co-Worker. Occasionally sips from a book themed mug. Bookcases overstuffed with books and book themed ephemera line walls and are organized by Dewey order or genre. Dim lighting gives off cozy vibe. May wear a cardigan or shawl. Current read is within reach to share with group.
Popularity feature: High IQ and Books
Strategically placed in front of a highly stylized bookcase. Dips into Librarian and Perfectionist buckets. Wait, are those books organized by color? Please, no!
Popularity feature: Interior decorating
Lost in Space
Enters every meeting with microphone on. Has difficulty finding the microphone muting option despite everyone in the meeting speaking at once offering assistance. Uses remainder of meeting to turn off the microphone and accidentally leaves the meeting.
Popularity feature: Presence
Woke up 10 minutes ago. Thrives at night shift work. Attends in pajamas and bed-head. Work space ambience is irrelevant. Is that champagne or sparkling water? Whoopsies!
Popularity feature: Champagne flutes
Volunteers to take notes. Eyes dart back and forth, up and down, to and from multiple devices. Head posture bows to reply to text messages. Pops in to ask questions. Answers all questions in chat. Eyes zip back and forth from multiple open tabs on screen. Sends relevant link or email as participants discuss said link or email.
Popularity feature: Highest score on Whack-a-Mole
Hangs out in the back yard or a park. Natural light is pleasant. Is that a pool? Are those flowers real? Might swat at an insect.
Popularity feature: Multiple Yard-of-the-Month awards
Has THE perfect home office, Pinterest style. Shows up with everything in place. Could be a Super-Model, but doesn’t apply makeup in front of the camera. Everything is ready to go. A week early. Body position points to a pen in hand and Erin Condren planner for note taking. You can’t stop looking at the home office. Can you give us a tour? You want that office.
Popularity feature: Attends JoAnna Gaines’ parties
RZF-Resting Zoom Face, a.k.a. Jan Brady
Camera shy. Doesn’t know whether to look at the camera, the boss, or the screen. Nervous about turning camera off in case boss thinks they’re skipping the meeting. Does not slouch. Rule follower. Only speaks when addressed.
Popularity feature: Impeccable manners
Attends meeting with full make-up and fashionable wardrobe. Uses camera to make sure every hair is in place. Refreshes lip color before speaking. Looks different in person.
Popularity feature: Beta tester for companies offering camera filter apps
TV News Anchor
Wears a smile throughout the meeting. Dressed in regular work clothes. Posture demonstrates desk sitting. Can lean toward the Blank Slate, but has a well placed piece of wall art or uses a green screen to go “on location” based on the meeting’s topic.
Popularity feature: Wardrobe