PseudonymousnessPosted: August 2, 2012
Lately I struggle with my various identities. For example, while at home, work, or socializing with friends, I tend to pretend to be myself.
This blog is pseudonymous because I express opinions that I wish to share with a certain peer audience but not necessarily with prospective employers or other sets of colleagues or acquaintances. I’m pretty safe here, because no one reads this blog (except occasionally traffic from comments I make elsewhere). Friends at work could easily ID me from this blog, because if I am ranting about it here I am ranting about it in the hallway, but I don’t think any of them read it.
Twitter is my real identity because many of the people I follow are my actual friends or professional interactions that are good to have. I have heard it said that it is good to have an online “presence.” That said, I have to curate what I say a bit on Twitter. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I don’t say much. There are people who are against anon/pseudo in principle, but I think it’s clear there are things that should be said that are difficult to say with your IRL identity when you are at a fragile career stage.
So… what’s confusing is the overlap between these realms. I follow a lot of people who have cross-platform consistency (usually pseudo on blogs and Twitter), while I am constantly shifting. One drawback is, of course, that I can’t promote the blog on Twitter, but again, I don’t write much. Then again, maybe the blog would be more active if it cross-fertilized with Twits. Mostly it feels to me like the conversations that naturally bounce back and forth between the blogosphere and Twitterdom become disjointed for me.
So, pseudonymize my Twitter and lose some IRL networking, or de-pseudo my blog and watch what I say a bit more? Anyway, 21st century problems am I right? Next thing you know I’ll accidentally reply-all and insult somebody.