Mar 27 Posted 3 years ago
I have difficulty taking anything seriously from someone called "buzzkill777". While an alias may appear to be an actual name, the obvious alias seems to relieve the commenter of any responsibility to the truth.
If someone can't be honest about who they are, then they're less likely to be honest about what they are. Hiding behind an alias is like the fifth amendment, it's not supposed to make you look guilty, but it does.
Apr 7 Posted 6 years ago
I use an Alias for commenting, but when visiting my blog or profile pages on social networks, you can easly find my real name and/or even my phone number.
Apr 5 Posted 6 years ago
Alexis - nice post & well written. But I have to speak up against the use of aliases to hide behind.
The evolution of the social web necessitated aliases. I suspect there was a little of the CB radio/geek culture spirit behind this, allowing people to create a rebellious alter-ego online. But I believe that the widespread understanding and acceptance of social media these days makes this an anachronism. Many people are using social media to share information, to increase their own profile and to play a role in the wider community. So why hide behind aliases? Especially when online and offline merge so freely these days. Few employers will fail to make the connection between a Twitter username and real name, for example, when they check up on a candidate.
I'm not suggesting you are in favour of hiding in this way. In fact, you have chosen to publish under your own name and include a photo – which is something that all online writers should do if they are really trying to communicate with people.
Very thought-provoking – thanks for posting
[although I notice that my login ironically appears to be my twitter name!]
Apr 5 Posted 6 years ago
Excellent post from an author's perspective.
At the same time, as a manager of a new community, I've been thinking about whether I should even allow our users to create aliases or simply force them into the first name, last name associated with their business account. I've found that decisions such as these come down to understanding your audience and managing expectations. But, as another recent article indicates, it's important to make the right decision early in the game.
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