Why Do Some Hubbers Use Aliases?
Not trying to be rude or anything, just wondering. When I joined, I just used my name. So I was wondering for what reasons people chose to use aliases. Marketing? Shyness? Wanted by a foreign government for secret agent work?
It's probably for all those reasons stated to be honest! A lot of it is for privacy really as putting your real name anywhere can be used against you... same reason I don't have my full name on Facebook. Marketing also as you find there are a surprising amount of people who have similar names to you but with aliases you have more choice basically if you link various accounts.
As for being a secret agent... if I told you...;-)
I've been using "Fat Freddy's Cat" as a screen name for as long as I've been on the Internet, on various message boards, forums, etc. ... so when I joined HP I just continued the tradition. No top secret ulterior motive was intended.
I didn't know you could have spaces in a username, otherwise I would've gone with my real name, John Roberts (displayed enough times in my profile bio). But this one suits my YouTube channel of the same name, so it's easy for people to get familiar with my writing style here and my video reviewing style on YT. Not because I'm wanted by the government... no, not at all..... why would you suggest such a silly thing....?
When I joined I had no idea how long I would use this site or what I was doing to begin with. I really think an alias is a clever way to establish your roots until you have a better grip on things. I use my first and middle name.
I've been using this Internet screen name (or variations of it) for as long as I can remember. I added my real name to the "Real Name" field when we were switched over to the new Profile layout.
Lol at the last one! But it probably can be the name is related to what they write about. I use my real name but had to use the numbers to the end because some other hubber had the same name. Other aliases I have included were things like fantasyGurl because I like fantasy books, SEO in my name because I write sometimes about SEO just to give you an idea.
For me, I guess it was force of habit. As a former newspaper reporter, I use my name for my bylines. I saw no reason to change. I use my name on Facebook and LinkedIn. if I log into a game site, which has been years, I will use some made up name, but I cannot remember the last time I logged into one of those sites.
I will people use their names and I wish people had to use pictures of themselves instead of clip art characters. Putting a face to a Hub or a comment might make some people a little more professional in their responses. At least, that is what I have found.
I chose a unique username so as to hide my identity, but it turned out to be different later on. As I wrote more hubs, I realized I need to reveal myself to my family and friends for them to appreciate what I am doing.
I decided to use my real name, not only here but at other places, because I want to establish the fact of who I am and that I'm a serious writer. I'm not saying people who "hide" behind made up usernames aren't serious. Anyway ... it wouldn't do much good to try and hide. My real name appears on many places on the net because I want people to know me so they can find my books. What you'll never find at any of my sites, other than my real name, is and information specific enough for people to track me down at home or get enough of my ID to "become" me.
I use my real name, but only my first initials, because I have an uncommon first name. I also have a person from my past who stalked me online for several years, and if I used my full name they'd quickly find me here. I'd just rather not deal with that person any more.
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