Ask Me is linked with Any Body and relates with Walther Von Stolzing

Weird subject, isn’t it? Quite obvious for everybody, the persons ‘Ask Me’ and ‘Any Body’ are artificial names. They will never belong to a real person. How they relate to ‘Walter von Stolzing’ will follow.

For over 25 years Human InferenceĀ has collected reference data, for instanceĀ on persons. Because of our reference set we immediately recognize that ‘Ask Me’ and ‘Any Body’ are fake names. People are using these either in test situations or to hide their actual names.

In the old days we only needed to test on ‘Test Test’, in more recent years we see great inventiveness on these fake names. A brief example can be seen in the following list.

Alpha Beta Any Body
Ask Me Best Friend
Blue Sky Cool Dude
Dress Code El Comandante
Guess Who In Cognito

In case you cannot rely on reference data and interpretation you need to provide a check list. Providing it is one thing, but since users tend to be really creative, maintaining it is essential. Continue reading ‘Ask Me is linked with Any Body and relates with Walther Von Stolzing’

What’s in a name

Name tags

First names can tell a lot about a person, a top 5 of remarkable facts.

  1. Boy names have pretty much stayed the same in the last 100 years whilst there are more and more girl names. We are much more tolerant to ‘funny’ girl names. This is because we unconsciously imagine a more professional career for our boys.
  2. Trendy names are per definition time bound. Therefore people can guess the age quite precisely. Take Martin, he is likely 35-40.
  3. In England people with traditional names with a royal association are regarded as more successful and intelligent. James and Elizabeth are on the top of the list of ‘successfull’ names.
  4. People in lower social classes choose more often for exotic, unknown names and are inspired by soaps and pop-stars. Higher social classes are more attracted to traditional names.
  5. The first name is a strong indicator if you read a paper or have a mobile phone. Believe it or not, dutch publisher Wegener connects first name to consumer information and hopes to get more grip on the target group for their sales. According to the publisher a couple that calls their child Emiel are likely to have a newspaper subscription and Laura’s parents participate in a lottery.