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Old 08-28-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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Question Do You Ever Forget Who You Are....

...online, I mean.

I have a number of different online names that I use for different types of forums. I tend to be Xanthe on forums that are book/reading related; I use another name on computer-related forums, and so on.

I realized, after I had replied to an IM on a board - might have be this one - that I signed it with an intial belonging to another of my "names" and that I had forgotten for a moment which name I used here.

I'm not one of those people who uses made-up personas with my various names - what you see is who I am in real life, no matter which name I use - so luckily I don't have to keep track of any false personal histories.

But I was wondering about the rest of you. Do you use different names in different places online? Do you create different personas? Do you ever forget which "character" (for want of a better term) you are supposed to be?
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:06 PM   #2
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:09 PM   #4
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:38 PM   #5
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:23 AM   #6
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #7
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Is this sleep deprivation talking?
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:42 AM   #8
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:20 AM   #9
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Old 09-02-2010, 09:44 AM   #10
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No, I'm too lazy to be bothered by such minor things as identity - my browser and the forum settings take care of the logging in and my signature does the rest.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:31 AM   #11
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Well, I am the same person regardless of where I am. Or maybe two people. Professional me, and regular old me. But mostly, I'm the same person.

I do, however, have many names. Online, I use this name exclusively. It's an old nickname from college. But irl, I have a few other names. Sometimes I forget what name I am. It's the worst when I introduce myself to people, I have to think of how they know me, where they met me, what name they know me as. I didn't start life out with so many names. It just happened. it's a little confusing for me.
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:28 AM   #12
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But I was wondering about the rest of you. Do you use different names in different places online? Do you create different personas?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you...
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:20 AM   #13
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The weirdest thing, I've found, is when I exchange Christmas cards and I sign them with both my real name and my board name - my real name seems to be the fake name to me because I have to use it so infrequently as compared to my board names.

I've used Xanthe for so long that it already feels like it is part of my original name.
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Old 09-09-2010, 08:43 AM   #14
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The weirdest thing, I've found, is when I exchange Christmas cards and I sign them with both my real name and my board name - my real name seems to be the fake name to me because I have to use it so infrequently as compared to my board names.

I've used Xanthe for so long that it already feels like it is part of my original name.
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Old 09-09-2010, 09:07 AM   #15
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What is eppe?

who knows. It was written on the capsule, where I was tucked in, that was deposited by the waves on the beach of New Bedford, with a small piece of paper where it was written handle with care. The guy who found it, a Portuguese fisherman, traded it for a season ticket of the Bruins. How I ended up Italian? That's a weird story. Nobody would believe it.
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