Today, I’ll grab one of the team’s topic suggestions. It was up a few days ago, I went over there now and read all the comments. Very interesting reading indeed, and they all had valid reasons for their choices. After all, it is a personal choice … what amount of transparency we want to put out there … at least I think so.
First off; I’m blogging as myself … almost. My name is Rebekah. My family name is not stated anywhere. Not even in Facebook. If anyone were to google my full name, spelled exactly as I spell it, they’d have to browse a tremendous amount of hits before they’d find me. I just tried it … browsed about ten pages of Google results and I was nowhere to be found. That’s a good thing — that’s the way I like it. In Facebook they’ve really tried to argue for everything to be public, and even Google tried something recently, when they released Google Plus. They didn’t say that you had to state your own name … only the ‘name you were known by‘, so that’s okay … could be a screen name or whatever.
I’m not selling anything, I have no desire to ‘brand myself’ on the web. I write my little blog here, which is rather personal at times … I’ve stated where I live and of course, if someone really put their mind to it, I could be found … no doubt about that. What it all boils down to, at least in my case, I guess is a security issue. Even more so nowadays, with all the face recognition programs. A Google Image-search for my name and “Bingo!” — my face would show up there! Someone takes a picture of me downtown somewhere with their cellphone and run it through one of these programs?! No way … guess the more you know, the easier it is to get paranoid.
I have nothing to hide, I don’t express any opinions on controversial topics like politics or religion but still … I do prefer a little privacy. Now that I think about it, I should have kept it totally anonymous, with a screen name, but it’s a little late for that now 🙂 The little chipmunk here above, however, leads a very anonymous life in Rockwood Park! He’s only here now as a ‘decoration’. I know where he lives, though 🙂