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How do you guys handle your online identities?

I'm the type of person that comes up with new usernames and handle names once in a while. Even the one I have here on this forum is outdated, I have a new one.

I typically update my handles on places where I can -- ie, I can change it on steam.

It's disconcerting to me that my identity is so fractured (I have 10+ different main user names I have used over the past 5 years, not to mention the countless other random names I made up and only used once or twice), but on the other hand, it's relieving to know that people can't track all my activity just from my ID.
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Magick + whatever comes to mind
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Magick + whatever comes to mind

I just noticed that your name was spelled with a k.

 

130 posts. I wonder what went down last night.

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How do you guys handle your online identities?

I'm the type of person that comes up with new usernames and handle names once in a while. Even the one I have here on this forum is outdated, I have a new one.

I typically update my handles on places where I can -- ie, I can change it on steam.

It's disconcerting to me that my identity is so fractured (I have 10+ different main user names I have used over the past 5 years, not to mention the countless other random names I made up and only used once or twice), but on the other hand, it's relieving to know that people can't track all my activity just from my ID.

I wear three masks in life: one when with my family, one that is "normal", and the internet one. I can count on one hand where I don't wear any mask. If I try hard enough to remember.

Owh you mean ID? Mine was actually a clever twist of my name in two languages, but then I made a tinfoil hat and am now paranoid. Still haven't bothered to dig up really old accounts to change it though.
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How do you guys handle your online identities?

I'm the type of person that comes up with new usernames and handle names once in a while. Even the one I have here on this forum is outdated, I have a new one.

I typically update my handles on places where I can -- ie, I can change it on steam.

It's disconcerting to me that my identity is so fractured (I have 10+ different main user names I have used over the past 5 years, not to mention the countless other random names I made up and only used once or twice), but on the other hand, it's relieving to know that people can't track all my activity just from my ID.
I haven't changed mine for about a decade. I pretty much have my private identity for myself and close friends, my public persona for everything else and my internet persona.
Edited by Tangster - 4/2/13 at 2:49pm
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No offense, but I hate it when people on Steam change their names all the time to the point where I can't even tell who they are anymore without analyzing their profiles.  It's annoying. 

 

My name here is actually unique as, back in '09, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to stick around here and such.  Otherwise I have two I've used often (my handle over there being the more recent one) and one I use on sites I'm not necessarily proud to be on.  

 

Oh yeah, neither of my usual names are references to anything but characters I made up names for in things. 


Edited by driver 8 - 4/2/13 at 2:49pm
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No offense, but I hate it when people on Steam change their names all the time to the point where I can't even tell who they are anymore without analyzing their profiles.  It's annoying. 

 

My name here is actually unique as, back in '09, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to stick around here and such.  Otherwise I have two I've used often (my handle over there being the more recent one) and one I use on sites I'm not necessarily proud to be on.  

pft. Bad players or just aren't happy with their name or want to troll people. 3rd rate players. 

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No offense, but I hate it when people on Steam change their names all the time to the point where I can't even tell who they are anymore without analyzing their profiles.  It's annoying. 

My name here is actually unique as, back in '09, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to stick around here and such.  Otherwise I have two I've used often (my handle over there being the more recent one) and one I use on sites I'm not necessarily proud to be on.  

Oh yeah, neither of my usual names are references to anything but characters I made up names for in things. 

I agree, but I don't change mine every week. Once a year or so, I will independently come up with a new name (inevitably I am signing up for a new game or forum and am unsatisfied with what I have currently) and will want to change everything I can to the new one.

The incongruency of what is allowed online also affects it. For instance, some forums allow long names with spaces. Some don't. Some of my ID names were very long and had banned characters on other forums. So I have to improvise and shorten, which causes me to become even more dissatisfied and want to change. "compoopers" is a strange thing I came up with that is a shortened version of a much longer name I had on steam for a while.

Also, some sights cross over into my real life too much for me to use my typical online IDs. Case in point, last.fm. I want to share my last.fm profile with people in real life. So I made up a new username for it. I don't really like that username, but I couldn't think of something good that didn't also reveal too much about my real life identity to passing online strangers.
Edited by compoopers - 4/2/13 at 2:56pm
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How do you guys handle your online identities?

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I'm the type of person that comes up with new usernames and handle names once in a while. Even the one I have here on this forum is outdated, I have a new one.

I typically update my handles on places where I can -- ie, I can change it on steam.

It's disconcerting to me that my identity is so fractured (I have 10+ different main user names I have used over the past 5 years, not to mention the countless other random names I made up and only used once or twice), but on the other hand, it's relieving to know that people can't track all my activity just from my ID.

 

I started as jazzerdave with AOL in either 1997 or 1998.  I use the monicker here and on Audiogon, eBay, AudioCircle, and a couple other music/audio specific forums.  I have a different name or two that I use for gaming, and then I have different logins and passwords for Amazon and things like that.

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How do you guys handle your online identities?

I'm the type of person that comes up with new usernames and handle names once in a while. Even the one I have here on this forum is outdated, I have a new one.

I typically update my handles on places where I can -- ie, I can change it on steam.

It's disconcerting to me that my identity is so fractured (I have 10+ different main user names I have used over the past 5 years, not to mention the countless other random names I made up and only used once or twice), but on the other hand, it's relieving to know that people can't track all my activity just from my ID.

 

I actually have to run 3 browsers to preserve login cookies for my different profiles.

 

A real gem from Mark "they trust me" Zuckerberg:

 

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You have one identity… the days of you having a different image for your work friends or co-workers and for the other people you know are probably coming to an end pretty quickly. Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity.

 

I wrote a tirade about this topic on my blog, kind of because my uni degree is related to this topic: http://whatididtomorrow.com/2012/09/26/let-facebook-bring-out-the-real-you/

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Honestly that's silly. Even offline we have different identities. Don't tell me you talk to your mother, your best friend, your girlfriend, your little brother, and your coworker all the same way.
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In high school I had a bunch of different usernames for various forums and AIM. They were vaguely angsty or "lol randum" as I recall. Went through this gender confused goth phase, and at that point my online persona was male most of the time. Then later on in high school I went through this stereotypical gamer grrrl phase.

 

I'd say I definitely mellowed out once I was in college. As an undergrad I had one primary handle I used for Live Journal; was in several close-knit communities there before it turned into a ghost town. Also a few indie music forums like Last Plane To Jakarta. When it came to anything academic or family related (as well as Facebook) I used my real name. Still do for such things of course. Now I tend to use this handle for anything music-related and another one for anything videogame-related.

 

At the behest of a friend I invented a fursona for myself too. I've been experimenting with it, basically using it as an avatar for some sites where I know a few furry artists. Not sure the extent to which I actually identify with it yet, but it's an interesting experience.

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When it came to April Fool's, I think Schiit won: http://schiit.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=0&products_id=17

 

Your lcd-zer0 post has had me thinking for a couple days about how an in-ear ortho could happen.

 

I don't think a bullet-shaped IEM will work, but I think it's possible within a larger custom shell, or something shaped like the A03 or 5.A.

 

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A real gem from Mark "they trust me" Zuckerberg:

 

See also the Nym Wars, relevant to Facebook but which actually started when Google clamped down on pseudonymous/anonymous accounts in G+, which (among other things) lead to people losing their Gmail etc. accounts due to Google's automatic linking of accounts across services. I think it resulted in large part to the poor reputation G+ has among technology early adopters and its status as a ghost town to the general public, since up until the Nym wars it was assumed G+ would be a haven for people who didn't want their personal identity associated with their online activities -- up to and including being unable to use Facebook safely from the countries they lived in. (The Wikipedia article in the link isn't great but it links to every major relevant text online about it, so it's a good place to start from.)


Edited by ardgedee - 4/2/13 at 5:12pm
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My screennames are based on my favorite rifle cartridges. Easy for me to remember. As for my online "persona", I prefer to remain a mystery. Too much craziness on the 'net.

 

 

New Ghost in the Shell movie, "Arise": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb1c-T-ox-E

The Major looks quite young in this story. Don't know what to make of the new style.


Edited by 333jeffery - 4/2/13 at 6:11pm
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New Ghost in the Shell movie, "Arise": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb1c-T-ox-E

The Major looks quite young in this story. Don't know what to make of the new style.

 

Oh sweet. I hope this one is more like the series (classic science fiction examination of philosophical problems within set piece scenarios) and less like Innocence (combat sequences interspersed with characters regurgitating philosophy).

 

That said Innocence is a beautiful movie.

 

Edit: Hang on, isn't this direct to DVD/ Blu-Ray? Is it a movie or what?


Edited by a_recording - 4/2/13 at 6:59pm
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