A "Profile" is a window of information (maybe a picture) about yourself.
YOU decide what you want to show/tell the world and what you do NOT want to show/tell.
One more tip; a lot of people in these rooms are pathological liars. On TV recently I saw a documentary about a gentleman who met a lady in a chatroom. She cleaned him out, financially and then was busy poisoning him.
For example, "will" and "wi II" can look identical depending on the font being used.
And hey, DO NOT take any of the chatter seriously!!
THEN it was possible to see that they were NOT the same.
One of them had taken the other's name/nic and changed a couple of letters which looked the same but were not.
Skype: from FANTASTIC audio, VERY good video, file transfer, whiteboard, profile) ONE big problem with Skype: be warned!
Read the fine print; if your computer is not always online, e.g.
UNFORTUNATELY, a lot of perverts come with the most crude comments imaginable.
Not only that, but they try to send you PMs or "Private Messages." My suggestion is to "DECLINE" all requests for "Video Chat" or "Text Chat" unless you know who is calling you.
You can have the video chat running in a few minutes. Now there is a sort of answering machine addition to Skype:
Eyeball Chat from audio, video, file transfer, whiteboard, profile) Yahoo from (text, audio, video, file transfer, whiteboard, profile, various games) Windows Messenger from Microsoft from (text, audio, video, file transfer, whiteboard, profile) Paltalk from Talk Site/ but I have not tried that one.
Other people DO appreciate a profile to give them some kind of an idea of who you are, that is, your "asl" or "Age - Sex - Location." Keep in mind though, that a profile can be completely 100% faked.