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Kittencatkins123 Mon 22-Aug-16 19:51:24

Possibly having guessed my IRL friends' Mumsnet names, feeding back nice things about their posts, threads, and having a sort of parallel universe secret clandestine friendship we never actually acknowledge in any way??????


MermaidTears Mon 22-Aug-16 20:15:01

I would love this but I've never spotted anyone.

I have a few times seen a thread title and instantly thought of a recent situation with a friend, but once opened realise straight away its not them.

How did you spot your friend?

MsKite Mon 22-Aug-16 20:16:11

If it's me, tell me and I'll namechange blush

Kittencatkins123 Mon 22-Aug-16 21:10:46

To be fair, her name is in her user name. Can't be certain but think it's her.

MsKite don't worry your identity has not been compromised! smile

Or I'm just being really lovely to a complete random and have created this whole thing in my head!

might need to get out more


CantChoose Mon 22-Aug-16 21:21:52

I recognised a friend on here from her writing style. I have absolutely no doubt that she would guess who I am too, she may already have...

WhataMistakeaToMakea Mon 22-Aug-16 22:15:24

I would love to recognise my friends. Sadly though I think they lurk rather than post

HeyOverHere Tue 23-Aug-16 00:48:22




ImNotJoeMyNameIsHarry Tue 23-Aug-16 04:20:10

I've never recognised anyone yet. Apparently my mums on here but I've never seen her. Feel like being mean to her to see if she posts in AIBU but that seems too mean.

Sootica Tue 23-Aug-16 04:36:11

The best I've managed is to recognise that someone on mumsnet is friends with my friend as she commented on a baby name thread about most recent names of baby girls you know and gave the name of my friend's baby who had just been born and had an unique (made up) name. I advance searched but concluded I didn't know who she was although she definitely must have known my friend. Thrilling eh

acasualobserver Tue 23-Aug-16 08:37:41

Marjorie ... is that you?

MermaidTears Tue 23-Aug-16 08:44:40

sootica what was the made up name?

The other day I was at the pub and I shit you not a kid was called Tinkerbell. About 8 years old. Shocking.

LifeIsGoodish Tue 23-Aug-16 09:25:52

Someone did that to me once, and I really did not like it. I'm sure she did not mean anything malicious by it, but it made me feel very uncomfortable - it was almost stalkerish. Eventually she came clean in RL on having recognised me OL. Shortly after that, I started namechanging.

MermaidTears Tue 23-Aug-16 13:25:38

life did she read anything you would rather had kept anonymous? That would be my concern

Laiste Tue 23-Aug-16 13:36:12

Ooooh it's not always good when MN crosses into real life.

A couple of years ago i was using AIBU to have a few good old (quite identifiable) moans about my NCT group. Then I twigged that one of them posted here and would have probably read my posts.


GoEasyPudding Tue 23-Aug-16 14:42:52

I'm Jason Bourne really. I have to come to Mumsnet for good conversation as all my spy buddies are a bit too serious.

SmilingButClueless Tue 23-Aug-16 14:51:40

I - completely by chance - stumbled across a RL friend on another forum. It just felt wrong to be reading their posts. To the extent I don't really use that forum any more.

I suppose I just like to think it's all anonymous...

LifeIsGoodish Tue 23-Aug-16 18:22:19

Mermaid, no, but it felt uncomfortable and I felt that it restricted what I could say.

usual Tue 23-Aug-16 18:25:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Kittencatkins123 Tue 23-Aug-16 23:09:46

I think if my friend had wanted to post something personal/tricky she would NC for obvious reasons.

I'm talking about the odd noticing she's posted a funny BUT COMPLETELY INNOCUOUS comment on a thread I'm reading/posting on and sometimes -ONCE- cutely ref-ing her.

Jeez Christ. I'm not effing advance search stalking my mate of 16 years! We are actual happy lovely friends!

I might tell her this weekend that I've sparked concern on MN.


Kittencatkins123 Tue 23-Aug-16 23:13:35

Though I do appreciate that your situation sounds a bit creepy.

backs away from further 'cute' posting

LifeIsGoodish Tue 23-Aug-16 23:54:50

Oh Kitten I'm not saying that you're weird or creepy!smile Just that it was for me. It stopped feeling creepy when she asked me leading questions that made it obvious she knew my posting name, with lots of silly winks and grins.

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 23-Aug-16 23:59:01

I posted a photo on a "what is the ugliest thing in your house" thread, and my friend recognised it grin And told me. I don't think p

AtiaoftheJulii Wed 24-Aug-16 00:00:10

Oops, dropped my phone. I don't think I've said anything on here that I wouldn't say to her, so that's ok.

I figure there must be other people here I know, but I've not spotted any.

Queenbean Wed 24-Aug-16 00:04:38

My old housemate from uni used a forum and someone told me her name with a hint I should read it. It was excruciatingly embarrassing reading it because she'd posted pics of me and our other housemate with all this lesbian porno chat which others had responded too.

Then a few weeks later she called us whores on one of her posts and the adoration stopped. I was very glad but not big enough to actually mention it to her!

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