Talking about yourself in the 3rd person

Just so you know: this page was imported from my old blog. Some pages were rather mangled in the process; my apologies if things don't quite look right.

Just a quick question from me: while I've been taking a look at MySpace, a site which seems to take great pleasure in making it as hard as possible to style your webpage, I've wandered onto a load of peoples' own websites where they describe themselves in the third person - "Kelly So-and-so studied a BSc Hons in Very Little whilst at University, and won a competition to present a 15-second segment on a late night TV show on local cable TV with . She also did blah blah and..." ... you get the picture.

Why is it that people feel the need to talk about themselves in the third person on a website that's quite obviously designed to act as an online CV and portfolio? I wouldn't write my CV in the third person (I admit I'm probably pretty pretentious, but I'm not that pretentious. No, honestly...).

So, why is it that people write like this? Does it make them seem more professional if their website reads as though it's being announced by a BBC News presenter? Do you think they go to job interviews and talk about themselves in the third person as well? And do they care? Does anyone? Do I?

Ok, it all seems a bit daft, but at least now I feel better having got that off my chest. How's everyone else's weekend going?


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