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Post Reply Why do people use a screen name instead of their real name on the Internet?
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Posted 7/19/14
i'm so-so about going by my real name on the internet (i don't like it very much) but i am uncomfortable about posting my surname it is something that i absolutely would not do

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Posted 7/19/14

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thaknowhow wrote:

I use my username as a meaning, that's it.. If someone wants to befriend me I'd tell them my name; I actually like my name. I'll say this though; with the right information you can find out a whole lot about someone if you know how to look.


True!

Indeed. It only take 3 things to find out where someone lives. It's honestly a little to creepy :S
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Meh, I use my real name to keep things serious, and prevent myself from going too random. It's also because I consider this to be one of my primary online accounts
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Indeed. It only take 3 things to find out where someone lives. It's honestly a little to creepy :S


Yeah, that's why one should be careful. Post a pic, and someone might be able to trace it. Say your name, and someone might be able to narrow it down. Having 'advanced' technology can be seriously creepy... but what's creepier are the people who would use or manipulate these with malicious intent.
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i guess its not super clear but my name is August H Walker so i sort of use my real name here.
I don't see that much of a reason not to, I don't post anything that I wouldn't say in the everyday so I don't feel theres a need to hide my identity.
I guess I would use a screen name if I wanted to post stuff I didn't want linked back to me, but I don't want to, so i dont need one
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Posted 7/19/14
I do, my names Jacob and my name for most things online is Jaykobe.
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I can't believe someone could wonder about this. It isn't smart to reveal too much about yourself online. Being anonymous is a really smart thing a lot of times. I mean, if you use your real name on CR, but then talk about how you are a lolicon for anime lolis, that is not a smart thing. Or using your real name for an account on fur affinity, where you have a bunch of smutty furry art...not a smart thing to do. Or using your real name for an account on a PC mod forum, but then you have a bunch of sex and smut mods. Not smart either. Or what if you use your real name for an account on an MLP community, and you work in the career world, and any employer can look you up on google and find out you are a brony that has a crush on some MLP ponies. Would you want that?

With some of the things people have interest on on the internet (and we can understand such things as members of an anime forum), it just wouldn't be smart to use your real name. Lots of people then have the potential to learn things about you that you probably don't want just anybody to know about.
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Posted 7/19/14
It depends on the name like if a girl had a name like Jen who would be hard to trace she would probably use her real name but if she had a super weird name she might be a little cautious.
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Posted 7/19/14

rica-chan wrote:


thaknowhow wrote:


Indeed. It only take 3 things to find out where someone lives. It's honestly a little to creepy :S


Yeah, that's why one should be careful. Post a pic, and someone might be able to trace it. Say your name, and someone might be able to narrow it down. Having 'advanced' technology can be seriously creepy... but what's creepier are the people who would use or manipulate these with malicious intent.


All it takes is Name(surname), state, age. You're found :S
Posted 7/19/14
I rather keep using a pseudonym because I rather not have a shitstorm come back my way should I somehow rub someone the wrong way.
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Posted 7/20/14
it provides a sense of anonymity that using your real name doesn't. It also allows you to take on a persona that might be different then how you are in RL.
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cause its like creating a character in a game. you get a little box that says create a name and you start to put your own name then it hits you "you can literally put any name you want in this box" would you still put your own name? what other chance do you get to do this. you cant write on a job application "yeah im blade dragon the dark assasin"
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55 / M / Tacoma, WA. wind...
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Posted 7/20/14
Privacy....
There's very little of it left.

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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
Probably the false sense of anonymity. Although, it does afford some real anonymity. Each post comes with an IP address which tells your ISP, so the provider would have to be willing to share who is behind the IP.. and, of course, that doesn't guarantee that the poster isn't routing through a proxy or whatever.

That said, an alter ego is kind of fun to have. Although, I don't hide my real identity and don't post anything that I would be embarrassed of.
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Posted 7/20/14 , edited 7/20/14
I use my real name mostly where the community is general pretty great ( example: Crunchyroll :P) I don't use my real name on social networking sites...mostly because it said the name was invalid...


Anyway, I use my own name 'cause I like it. I mean, seriously, I have Character in my name, it's just plain awesome! That, and I don't really have anything to lose from using my own name.
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