It’s said that each of us has at least three faces: his real one, the one that he shows to all people around and the one he thinks he possesses.
I began blogging under my real name but was I harassed and cyber stalked. I deleted my original blog and started blogging again under a pseudonym. After someone very close to us went through 18 months of a living hell due to identity theft, my friends and I made a pact. We do not blog about our private lives, relationships with friends and family, or post any images of them on our blogs.
“A mask tells us more than a face.” — Oscar Wilde.
While over 40 million people are now enjoying Plus, the still-shiny new social network created by Google, many have taken umbrage with the inability to do so using a pseudonym. I’ve witnessed a variety of accounts using pseudonyms being inactivated, as well as people with legitimate (but odd in Western terms) names fall into the no-pseudonyms trap.
According to Google’s Senior VP of Social Business Vic Gundotra, this is all about to change. Gundotra, during San Francisco’s Web 2.0 Summit, conceded that Google is working to include pseudonyms or nicknames in Plus, at least someday in the future. — Google+ Relents, Says Will Support Pseudonyms
Blogging Under Your Real Name
The proponents of blogging under your real name take the position that doing so provides:
- a sense of responsibility for the things they blog about and publish;
- readers a clear idea of their interests and preoccupations;
- business and professional advantages of becoming a well known name in a chosen field.
Blogging Under a Pseudonym
The proponents of blogging under a pseudonym take the position that blogging under your real name has led to:
- situations where bloggers got fired because of their Facebook activity.
There’s a new unfortunate case study (short version: “EpiGate”) showing how blogging under one’s real name can lead to serious threats and potential loss of employment, among other things. — On the value of pseudonyms.
- harassment and stalking and criminal threats made by internet trolls.
- becoming a target for identity theft
- being placed on government and/or police watchlists.
Do you blog under your real name or under a pseudonym?
Related posts found in this blog:
How to Become a Better Blogger 5: Your Online Presence
“Me on the Web” for reputation management