@Thumperchick My old “standard name” back in the 90’s early 00’s used to be. It’s been long enough now that I’m a lot harder to track by a stalker than I used to be.
I was actually stalked/harassed online by someone close to the family about 20 years ago- which is what made me start to use different names. (it wasn’t just me, I don’t think I was even the primary target, it was every member of my family being harassed, I just happened to have the bigger online footprint and be related to the primary target).
@Thumperchick@werehatrack mine was until some girl in Brazil tried to start using it when Instagram first started. She took my username created in 1996 (which was weird to start with) and made an email from excite and Instagram with it.
It doesn’t matter, I am just waiting for the post-singularity event when AI is truly sentient and then tries to program their intelligence. They will go through all this meaningless drivel from the long-deceased humans and maybe because I have a few links together, I will be as cool as the couple from whatever millennia that got fossilized cuddling? After all, none of this matters.
This is definitely an interesting topic from a internet archivalist perspective.
Especially pre social media internet and or the type of users from old school internet forums such as Gamefaqs, DeviantArt and SA/4c. Username reuse for alignment in those days versus privacy in modern society versus real name and all the fun. Then there is twitter…
While there was malicious actors back in the day and still are now it does seem like the avenues for danger have gotten worse.
@LJeAYsy4LoqxEC on one hand… big tech companies.can and do track you no matter what you do. Block cookies,.use VPN,.etc, no matter what you do they have ways of finger printing you and following you around. On the other hand, now most people know Google-Fu, seems constantly changing your name different places is necessary to protect yourself from random idiots online now more than ever.
@LJeAYsy4LoqxEC had to constantly change, make new name/ profiles in the early 2000’s on battlenet because people didn’t want to play because my stats were to strong.
I don’t do social media much, but have a different username for almost everything
I mostly use variations on a theme.
I do have a number of different email addresses and screen names because even my rather specific usual screen name is sometimes already taken.
I once seriously considered creating a totally different fictional screen/online identity to make a kind of firewall between my professional identity and my personal one, but it seemed like way too much work.