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to wonder how many of you are my RL friends and I dont know

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xMumof3x Mon 05-Nov-12 14:22:50

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goingupinsmoke Mon 05-Nov-12 14:33:59

I've been on a while and Name change every few months, I think there are two types of MNetters the ones who have pictures on profiles, stick with names but don't really write anything too personal - and others who bear all and then disappear in a name change puff of smoke?

I tend to lurk, occasionally post and once I was brave an went on AIBU.

I'm not sure how Outing works? I would be a bit miffed if a RL friend knew all about me and my rantings.

xMumof3x Mon 05-Nov-12 14:38:49

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OhTheConfusion Mon 05-Nov-12 14:38:57

I don't really tell anyone I use MN. I like the annonimity of it all.

cheekydevil Mon 05-Nov-12 14:43:44

I spotted someone I know on here recently as she had used her Dd's name as her mn name. I let her know though so that she could change it. We all need a place to vent safe in the knowledge that no-one knows its you.

OneMoreChap Mon 05-Nov-12 14:48:48

If you're worried about anonymity you should be more careful about what you let slip...

Why did you tell your DP, and did you <clutch pearls> when he let people know you were a MNetter?

TheCatIsEatingIt Mon 05-Nov-12 15:00:32

I got a bit suspicious that a RL friend was on here, so I name-changed. The old name was quite identifiable to anyone who knew me. Sometimes it's nice to be able to rant without fear of detection.

PeggyCarter Mon 05-Nov-12 15:09:27

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blueraincoat Mon 05-Nov-12 15:23:47

The DP telling people things happens to me all the time to my annoyance. He will say "Blue say so and so on mumsnet the other day" I am there gritted teeth saying shut up, SHUT UP!

blueraincoat Mon 05-Nov-12 15:25:31

*saw, even

Pagwatch Mon 05-Nov-12 15:25:54

Dh would never talk to people about my mumsnet use. If he did I just wouldn't talk to him about it anymore.

OneMoreChap Mon 05-Nov-12 15:27:09

I think DW's only mention was "Mumsnet? Isn't that for mums, not dads? It's just more online shite anyway..."

Ithinkitsjustme Mon 05-Nov-12 15:27:39

As I haven't worked out how to name change yet I've been stuck with this one since I first joined! grin with no option but to carry on as I'm totally adicted to it. I couldn't even change after an ill advised thread I started and just had to pray that no-one remembered me. TBH I never really take note of who says what, I will reply to a post on a thread but would have absolutely no idea if I'd connected to that poster in teh past blush

Ithinkitsjustme Mon 05-Nov-12 15:29:12

Thinking about it, the only person I'd really not want to know that I was me, would be my MIL! grin

stinkinseamonkey Mon 05-Nov-12 15:31:52

I don't know you, but have identified others I know, am 100% sure of one, and fairly certain of others. No I haven't told them.

I don't understand when people say "please don't out me" either, do people go "hey, aren't you Ann Smith of 1 Beach Road telephone number 07856111111, daugher of Mary and John Blogs, wife of Martin Smith???

why would anyone do that?

CommanderShepard Mon 05-Nov-12 15:57:45

I don't know about anyone else but I change small but key details about myself/situation if I think someone might recognise me.

PeggyCarter Mon 05-Nov-12 16:00:03

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amillionyears Mon 05-Nov-12 16:06:47

I have asked someone who I thought might use MN if she is on here, and she didnt have a clue what MN was.
I think certain types of people post on MN. A lot of my friends and aquaintances dont really fit the critique. Mind you, it only takes 1.

other than that, I tell the kids to not say I use MN , but can say I am on an online forum. They look at me incredulous,they are aghast that they would even deign to mention what I get up to.

amillionyears Mon 05-Nov-12 16:08:43

stinkinseamonkey, it is done. Also, some posters on here also use facebook etc, and there is a certain amount of information crossed over. That seems to happen to some people, quite often.

Viperidae Mon 05-Nov-12 16:12:18

I change names every now and again but try not to divulge too much that would out me.

Ithinkitsjustme Mon 05-Nov-12 16:14:19

OK, just for the doofus, how do you name change?

Oblomov Mon 05-Nov-12 16:14:57

I have never told anyone that I use MN. And never will. I do not namechange. I have been on maybe 2 threads where it has then turned out that the person lives very near me, but other than that, no 'outing' has happened to me, afaik.

thebody Mon 05-Nov-12 16:19:17

Don't care. I have posted on an event that could identify me but I figure I don't say anything in here I wouldn't in real life so not bothered really.

stinkinseamonkey Mon 05-Nov-12 16:19:33

I guess I assume that anyone I know could see what I post on here, its probably the most public forum around, with threads often ending up on chat shows or in the media..

I do bitch and let off steam but name change and change details.. hopefully sucessfully

InNeedOfAPennyForTheGuysBrandy Mon 05-Nov-12 16:21:50

I don't care if I'm outed I have wrote very personal posts but I am not ashamed of anything iv'e done or had happen to me. I have done a bonfire nc but will change back on the 6th until christmas. I also have a pic of my dc on profile so very easy to out, I'm not one of these two faced cows that comes online and bitches about her friends though.

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