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to namechange compulsively in case anyone I know guesses who I am from my posts?

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moraletotallydestroyedbypoopoo Tue 27-Sep-11 22:26:19

Or do others do it too?

<paranoid>

worraliberty Tue 27-Sep-11 22:27:16

Nope, never done it but then again I don't type anything on the internet I wouldn't want the world and his live-in lover to know.

I can understand others do though.

BrawToken Tue 27-Sep-11 22:30:14

I change every few months usually after I have admitted something which could id me smile

Kladdkaka Tue 27-Sep-11 22:30:19

Nope, me neither. Although I am now wondering if I've written anything incrimating.

<starts scrabbling through entire posting history>

FabbyChic Tue 27-Sep-11 22:30:51

If someone who knew me in real life read my posts it would be obvious it was me, but I really don't give a shit because I'm an open book and have nothing to hide.

I don't believe that having an online persona should mean you pretend to be somebody else, but people do do it.

I give a lot of my personal life away on here.

If someone was to hold it against me then well l that is their problem not mine.

PelvicFloorsOfSteel Tue 27-Sep-11 22:33:00

Quite often, which is stupid really as I never say anything I wouldn't in RL so it wouldn't really matter if I was IDed.

leftblank Tue 27-Sep-11 22:33:10

Same as Fabby

When people speak of being outed I always think they must have very glamorous, James Bond type lives

worraliberty Tue 27-Sep-11 22:36:12

I know this is going to sound a bit bad but....

I generally pay more attention to the advice and opinions of people whose posting names I recognise (even if I might not agree with them)

I suppose it's because they've built themselves a 'profile' by their posting history, so as you get to know them...you get to know how sensible (or not) their advice or opinion is IYSWIM.

MerryMagdalene Tue 27-Sep-11 22:39:28

I had the same name from 2004 9when I joined) to 2008. i was a 'regular' and loved being part of the furniture here.

Then I was spotted by someone who knew me in RL and - although nothing sinister came of it - it could have been absolutely awful. She was a colleague, and it meant that, in theory, she could have searched my posts and learned a LOT more than I would ever want someone I worked with to know about me.

Since then, i name change about once a week. It has its downsides - I feel like I 'know' all the regulars, but they no longer 'know' me - but it can also be fun <evil cackle>

Bottom line is, my privacy means more to me than forming relationships on Mumsnet.

grograg Tue 27-Sep-11 22:39:36

I do it all the tme, ive been here since 2006 and i have had alot of different names. Sometimes i give to much info and think shit what about if someone from dd's school knows it's me and searches my name and pulls up all my old threads.

basana Tue 27-Sep-11 23:17:35

I do.
I secretly think people will look down on me for spending an hour or so each night online blush

fruitshootsandheaves Tue 27-Sep-11 23:21:28

I'd quite like to know a mumsnetter in RL. But since I am very unsociable and live in a small village i think it's unlikely that anyone knows me.

SoylentClean Tue 27-Sep-11 23:28:33

I'm the same as MerryMagdalene, change regularly. I feel like I know lots of MNetters, but they don't know me, its quite weird.

Sometimes I find myself wanting to say 'oh yes, I remember that and do you remember that then I said xxxx and the troll said yyyyy?' and then I realise the other MNetter would have no idea who I was and that I'd be outing myself.

I disagree with Fabby though (which isn't often!) but if someone in RL wants to use your MN info against you in a sinister way then it is very much your problem, not theirs. <<taps nose in a wise and knowing manner>>

MardyBra Tue 27-Sep-11 23:36:29

I revealed too much under my initial name.
I now name change for anything which would identify me, like my work, specific occurrences or interests, or geographical location, so I do have other aliases.
I try not to post anything which would embarrass me in RL, but I have strong suspicions that some acquaintances and work colleagues are on here, so prefer to remain anonymous just in case I do put my foot in it!

MowlemB Tue 27-Sep-11 23:43:02

I've been on here since 2004, but have never been 'known' as I've always name changed with semi regularity. I know I do give away enough information to out myself, so by name changing at least I limit what people know about me. Its not that I wouldn't say anything I wouldn't say in RL, but of course you don't want everyone to know everything that you are thinking. There's a NM on here atm that I recognise from RL, and they've revealed too much - stuff they've not admitted in RL, but haven't thought about the fact that they've put everything on here. I wouldn't like that.

MardyBra Tue 27-Sep-11 23:44:04

<wonders if MowlemB has recognised me....>

sayithowitis Tue 27-Sep-11 23:44:18

When I first joined I revealed more than I would be comfortable with certain RL people knowing about me. So I name changed. Then I did it again because I realised my new name was actually quite recognisable if anyone I knew in RL happened to read it. So now I have a couple of names I use. This one, where I can feel free to write some details about my life that I wouldn't necessarily want to share with people I know and another one that I use for times when I am not really writing about very personal stuff. In both cases, I tend to keep certain details quite vague ( gender and ages of DCs, how many years married etc) to protect me from n=being outed. It is not an attempt to deceive, more to make sure that I can write about things that are sometimes very personal and that I wouldn't want to share with family or friends.

Quintessentialist Tue 27-Sep-11 23:44:50

Not really. It does not matter. I dont say anything on here that I could not hold my head up high about in real life anyway.

bluegnueboo Tue 27-Sep-11 23:47:29

Never used to but for the past six or so months very definitely.

Have had to ask the mn collective for some advice on a couple of topics that could identify me. Not that I think anyone would be bothered as such but I've "seen" people I know on here and wouldn't want it to happen to me.

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Tue 27-Sep-11 23:50:47

I do! And it's crap cos I really really liked one of my old names, it kind of 'fit' like no others have. Not that I post anything outlandish but it's like basana said, part of me would be a bit embarrassed if I was identified... Though having said that they'd be a mumsnetter too, so that doesn't make sense really.

Plus I think I live in mumsnet central anyway, I see lots of mentions of where I live on here.

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Tue 27-Sep-11 23:50:47

I do! And it's crap cos I really really liked one of my old names, it kind of 'fit' like no others have. Not that I post anything outlandish but it's like basana said, part of me would be a bit embarrassed if I was identified... Though having said that they'd be a mumsnetter too, so that doesn't make sense really.

Plus I think I live in mumsnet central anyway, I see lots of mentions of where I live on here.

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Tue 27-Sep-11 23:53:04

Though I am obviously easily identifiable as the one with the crap blackberry that always double posts angry

cheeseandmarmitesandwich Tue 27-Sep-11 23:53:04

Though I am obviously easily identifiable as the one with the crap blackberry that always double posts angry

maras2 Tue 27-Sep-11 23:53:46

Agree with Worra and (dare I say for the first time ) Fabby, also.

ConstanceNoring Tue 27-Sep-11 23:59:25

I for one am NEVER agreeing with Fabby again angry

<<nurses tender burnt arse>>

I have namechanged a few times because I keep leaving MN open and DH 'thinks' he has guessed who I am.

But I am determined to stay as Constance now, and have learnt to LogOut , Delete History. wink

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