17 January 2020

Hi! My name is...

Over the years, I have written a few times about my Internet handle. I even have some background on it on one of the pages for this blog. While my reasons for keeping it have shifted over the years, I realized several years ago that if I give it up, then that makes it available for someone else to use...and then have all my content associated with them. So, while this consequence was unanticipated when I first started blogging, it's a fact of my online existence for as long as it lasts. I have no regrets and I have nothing to hide.

https://twitter.com/science_goddess/status/7869880102

Looking at this tweet (full list here) from this date 10 years ago, reminded me of the power and pitfalls of aliases. While I originally addressed my comment to @scicurious...she has since rebranded (@BeeBrookshire) to reflect her given name (Bethany Brookshire)...but someone else has taken up the original mantle and is using her first username now. (Confused yet?) While I doubt she really cares at this point—she has 63.5K followers, after all—it is only one of several examples of changes I've seen over the years as people adapt their username to new purposes. And who knows what the future holds? Maybe there will be easier ways to update our usernames and retain all of the previous associations. Right now, I'm just going to sit tight on my claim.

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