So, we then have to assume that Google can understand the difference between the different type of links, then. Certainly if it screamed "profile" then most likely it wouldn't be counted (or counted less).not natural because it is syndication.
Plopping links on social profiles
The only problem I have, though, is that "syndication links" tend to be there one day and then be gone the next. Profile links, if someone were to build a lot of links to their profile by participating in the rest of the social media site (like by voting, commenting, etc.), profile links wouldn't necessarily "go away " overnight like a syndication link. OR even an article link done through article syndication.