Friday Oct 20, 2017 13:40, last edition on Thursday Oct 26, 2017 13:56
Someone's identity evolves with time and can be multiple.
For example, someone's identity for someone met in work place will be usually the name given by their parents.
Sometimes, it can be the husband's family name.
Whereas your friend or family can call you with a nickname.
On the web, this identity is a pseudo or an avatar. It is an email address. Each time a new account is created on a server, a new identity for this server is created. It means that a person can have multiple identities in one location, that is usually not the case in the real world.
There are two paths to build virtual identities. If someone decides to take different pseudo for each created account, then this person gain a new identity each time. It is a simple way to protect your privacy. The second choice is to keep the same pseudo, avatar, email address, and so on, to build a strong and consistent identity, and not necessarily the same as in the real world.
I have many virtual identities. Some correspond to the real world one, this website is a perfect example as it includes my name a picture of myself. Others are not related at all and can be difficult to link to me. Let me give you some of my virtual identities.
As Clément Février or related
As Analogue or related
and I can continue like that for a while.
The trend in my case is to use my real name when I need to be a public figure, which as needed when I run as deputy deputy for the parliamentary elections, or for work, the pseudo Analogue or related when it is linked to software, and my first name and nickname for more personal accounts.