Originally Posted by driver 8
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