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    I or We?

    Quite a simple question really:

    Should a web designer be writing copy to say 'we' or 'I'?

    (given as their is only one of you, and you go my a company name)

    I write as 'we' as I have lots of people around me that I work with. Please give me your opinion and vote.

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    vote? there's no poll

    my vote is for neither "i" nor "we"

    write your copy to focus on the site visitor
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    To be a bit more instructive: Write from the point of you.

    This does not mean sprinkling the word "you," in otherwise self-centered text. It means doing proper marketing research, customer research, and user testing. Have a specific target you are writing to, and get off the Me, Myself, I and We.

    There are plenty of technology standard compliant web designs, few are use centered. Compliance with bots and parsers is not the same as writing as if the readers have objectives the web site must meet.

    Translate your service/product features into benefits the user and customers get from doing business with you. Create a Unique Selling Proposition. Otherwise you will indeed be just another web design company.

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    Depends on your site. If the site is of a personal nature then use "I". Only use "we" if there is a real company behind the address, i.e. don't pretend to be something you are not.

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    We are used to using "We".

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    I am used to using We too.

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    I also are using "we" ... but generally in phone conversation, rarely if ever in copy.

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    Voted for "we"
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    I use "Uncle Bob".

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    Most of the time I use 'I' however someties I write third person and use Chris (my name)

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    IMO it really depends on the type of the copy!

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    I prefer "we". Sounds more professional.

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    Ye, it really does depend on the type of content. For example my site is a Tutorial/Blog/Article site I use 'I' it sounds a bit better.

    However, if I were a Hosting Company or let's a Proffesional Design Consultancy wating people to pay extreme amounts of money for my services I would refer to myself as 'We' as ablaye rightly put it 'Sounds more professional'

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    It really depends on the site. On my site I refer to myself in the third person. *She* does ... and the customer is addressed as you. I also use the we as the company per se, the word *I* is never used.

    But for a truly personal site I would not hesitate to use the *I* and *me* etc., that is what you are talking about - Datura
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    Quote Originally Posted by sappo
    Quite a simple question really:

    Should a web designer be writing copy to say 'we' or 'I'?

    (given as their is only one of you, and you go my a company name)

    I write as 'we' as I have lots of people around me that I work with. Please give me your opinion and vote.

    Cheers,
    Ok so mabey i'm just really tired but this is the most confusing thing i ever heard...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy11
    Quote Originally Posted by sappo
    Quite a simple question really:

    Should a web designer be writing copy to say 'we' or 'I'?

    (given as there is only one of you, and you go by a company name)

    I write as 'we' as I have lots of people around me that I work with. Please give me your opinion and vote.

    Cheers,
    Ok so maybe I'm just really tired but this is the most confusing thing I ever heard...
    These contradictory statements are bound to do that to your brain when you're tired, "given as there is only one of you... I have lots of people around that I work with."
    It’s just my 2¢.
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    I think that he's trying to say that he works as a solo freelance but obviously he outsorces parts of the work to other people...

    I think that unless you have formed a company with that other people you shouldn't use "we" because people that becomes your clients soon or later will discover that you work alone. And also, as others said, you should focus your text in the visitor, and avoid personal terms Ex. "you can get the best quality website" "you wil experiment excellent client service" etc.

    (OK, I have to go, must rewrite my copy)

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    good question...i have been wondering about this as well...as i have a registered company, so i am using we. Will this sounds less personalize than "I"?


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