Online Name and Identity

Chilipepper Chilipepper
No, I'm not asking why you chose your Eden screen name - there's at least a half-dozen threads about that. No, I'm interested in your online identity through the span of time you've been online.

People sometimes go through dozens of online names ... some of them are for specific forums or online games, or they're new identities created around a transition in your life (getting married, having a baby, etc). How many of us know or are the types that would identify themselves as 'so-and-so's mom' or 'his girlfriend' or 'nondescript with a couple of numbers tacked on'? How many even change their names every couple of months on the same forums?

Some people have had only one online cognomen their entire time online. As one of those people, I can safely say that if you ran into my regular online name, it would definitely be me and no one else (after what I've written, no one else would want to claim it). I've had that name for thirteen years now. Chili is strictly and only for EF because I'm not sure how deep any employers can dig me up on my normal online name. Even I changed it when took the moniker "Girl" out at the end because - at thirty-three - I felt I no longer needed to identify with being youthful.

My normal online name has been with me through three email server changes, my singlehood, engagement, marriage, fandom shifts, serious relocations, and divorce, and is just as much a part of my identity as my birth name. Even some offline friends call me by my online name and have introduced me as such to others ... and I even answer to that name.

I suppose I should add that the internet was not around during my childhood, and I was rather late to come to it in 1999, anyway, so I never grew up with that dynamic of the net always being there.

So, pick and choose what you'd like to talk about:

how many online identities? (you don't have to say what they are)
any of them created for transitional periods in your life?
do friends mix up or consider your online identity your 'actual' name?
how close is your online identity's personality to your own?
do you change your name often or had the same one since you began online life?

Anything else you'd like to bring up, I'd really like to hear.
01/30/2012
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Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
No, I'm not asking why you chose your Eden screen name - there's at least a half-dozen threads about that. No, I'm interested in your online identity through the span of time you've been online.

People sometimes go through ... More
I have had many many online identities and they all vary based on what I am doing. Certain online games I will choose different names etc. Different websites depending on my mood I might make something random or something I'm familiar with.

Years ago I stuck with one online name for a long time because of a game that I played. My 2nd phase of sticking with the same name was when I was really into watching Stargate, I mean REALLY!!! into it. So I made a name based on that. Now I'm sticking with Cookie Monster Mike It fits my personality well since I love cookies, and food in general. I don't slowly eat, I always inhale my food haha. Also when you get to know me in real life I am a major goof ball and random all the time.
01/30/2012
Kindred Kindred
I've had sort of 3 different pseudonyms in my lifetime. The first would be a nickname I had as a child between myself and a close friend. That name stuck and I started using it as my initials when getting a high score on video games. Later in life when I first joined the internet, I added another word to my nickname and created my first email account name. Then when I started playing online games, I used the same email account name for my character name in mmo's. I created alternate characters that played on that original name, but I was always called by my original character name.

When I first came to EF, I was afraid to use that name since it was so distinct and I was afraid it might be recognized. Therefore, I chose Kindred since it is a twist on that name that I feel represents me well. Now I use both depending on whether or not I care if someone knows who I am.
01/30/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
When Instant Messenger was a cool thing, I had at least half a dozen screen names. I picked most of my screen names based on three things: one is my nickname from high school - sometimes with my birthday tacked on (I know, how original and safe), one is the name of the "country" that I ended up with when my friends and I were picking country names for ourselves, and one is the name of one of my cars - sometimes with the year.

I chose not to associate any of those with this account because I know how easy it is to find stuff on Google. Search of the real name can bring up an alias or two, and those aliases can bring up all the stuff you don't want random employers or friends or family to find. I would probably have stayed just "Jul!a" if I hadn't started working here.
01/30/2012
Ansley Ansley
I've had hundreds, maybe even thousands of email addresses, messenger names, blog accounts. It's really difficult for me to label myself and I just felt like nothing every really fit me.
01/30/2012
js250 js250
My husband and I have 6 online ID's. One for him, one for me and two for us, (Eden's and our personal life). I have two others, one for each business I own. We like to stay consistent and decided to make one identity for all our sexually related areas, a personal ID each and two 'our' id's. My businesses have their own identities that belong just to them, no personal content!!
01/30/2012
lilly555 lilly555
I've only ever had a handful and most of them have stayed with me for years. Most of my IDs are specified toward what they're for i.e. email, online shopping, forums,etc. but they're diverse in their categories but I have variations of each if they are somehow taken.
01/30/2012
AmberM AmberM
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
I have had many many online identities and they all vary based on what I am doing. Certain online games I will choose different names etc. Different websites depending on my mood I might make something random or something I'm familiar with. ... More
Same ^_^
01/30/2012
Rossie Rossie
Just two for me, my real identity on Google+ and Facebook, and the one I use here.
01/30/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
My screen name is unique only to EF; this will never change. My other ID's relate to my airplane's tail number. It's unique and no one else has it. I try to keep my life simple; the only thing that I do change is the lengthly password. They don't call me 'Eagle One' for nothin!
01/30/2012
Chirple Chirple
I went through TONS as a kid. Since I was so young and didn't really need e-mail for anything practical, I would sometimes change it just for fun. Just that age, I WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT, NO I WANNA BE A DOCTOR, NO I WANNA BE A SEAHORSE.

Then I settled down and usually just used my real first name. It's been at least 5 years, I think. But my memory is foggy.

Now, I use "Chirple" as default if I'm not using my real name. Because it's as awful and twee as I am.

I don't think I really act any different on-line, although I talk to many more people on-line. I'm definitely not shy, but more introverted than extroverted.
01/30/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
My online personality and my real life personality are one and the same, there's no difference. Apart from the name. I just make something up that sounds mildly enigmatic. I started off with Funky Gibbon, then Life Is The Path, Jungle's Vine, and then what you see here. I put no stock in my online name, just that it's not my real name.

EDIT: P.S. Interesting topic.
01/31/2012
ghalik ghalik
how many online identities? (you don't have to say what they are)

3 major, at least 4 minor.

any of them created for transitional periods in your life?

Not really?

do friends mix up or consider your online identity your 'actual' name?

Not anymore.

how close is your online identity's personality to your own?

The same.

do you change your name often or had the same one since you began online life?

I don't change, I add. I started out with one that I still have and added one, then another, etc. Only 1 has been abandoned.
05/06/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I like how everyone's willing to speak of where they are on the spectrum and how it applies to their lives.
05/06/2012
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I have many many names, mostly because I fear of the power of google.
05/06/2012
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
how many online identities? (you don't have to say what they are)
Probably two distinct; the one I use for non sex/kink related websites, and the one I use for sex/kink related websites.

any of them created for transitional periods in your life?
Nope. Takes way too long to craft an identity online to have a disposable one.

do friends mix up or consider your online identity your 'actual' name?
Yup. And that's cool.

how close is your online identity's personality to your own?
How can you separate the two? I am my online personae/my online personae is me.

do you change your name often or had the same one since you began online life?
I began with one, back in ye olde days of the internet (circa 1999) transitioned to another in 2004 or so, and have more or less stayed with that one ever since--though I have added the second for sex/kink sites. I think my online personae is the same no matter where I am; if you saw posts under my other name, I'd be extremely recognizable.
05/06/2012
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