I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.
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Some pseudonymous bloggers will identify themselves on different blogging platforms and social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. by using the same account name; others will not. Most are great people who are authentic no matter which moniker they are using, but there are creeps who stalk others, and creepier still is the software that tracks us everywhere we go to harass us with advertising.
The way bloggers communicate and present themselves and their opinions online is important, but even more important than online presence is “to thine own self be true”. Authenticity is the character trait of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others. It’s more than that too. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite the demands of society or one’s conditioning. – Blogging: Online presence and authenticity
Blogging is built on relationships and netiquette is expected online. However, it`s important to recognize that not everyone we meet online will like us or what we have to say, and some people may even leap to conclusions and read emotions and motives into what we say that don’t exist at our end. That’s why it’s important to know how to present yourself online and to avoid getting into altercations with bad actors online.
Online communication is a powerful and convenient medium but researchers have identified three major problems with it. Firstly, we lack cues like facial expression and tone of voice so decoding meaning and authenticity is difficult. Secondly, online communication creates an urgency to sort people quickly into groups, rather than getting to know them as individuals. Thirdly, online communication doesn’t always lead to developing the kind of trust that sustains relationship bonds when differences of opinion arise. It`s up to each of us to take care of ourselves and that means keeping our personal business offline, keeping our blogging cool and failing to engage with trolls.
Don Miguel Ruiz Five Agreements are universal guides for communicating authentically without deliberately causing harm.
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
- Be skeptical but learn to listen.
Taking away anonymity is definitely a double edged sword but Google is willing to take that chance. If Google+ is truly going to be the backbone to the majority of Google’s products, then it needs to stretch this social layer way beyond the Google Plus homepage. – Google is trolling us all with its mandatory Google+ YouTube logins
Google uses your search history to target advertisements in search results and uses information from your search history to target an advertisement to you in YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail. Facebook likewise uses your personal information to target advertisements.
Online authenticity is an important issue and Facebook profiles Google + IDs are linked actual names so connections and activities like buying behavior and brand preferences in cyberspace can be easily tracked, as those who share via Publicize and link to their Google + profiles have discovered.
My public name is not the name being displayed as “Author” of my blog posts. I would like to get my last name off these posts.
If you connected your blog to Google+ Publicize, your “real name” from Google is what will show up on your posts.
Facebook Is Tracking When You Write Something… And Then Decide To Delete It Rather Than Post It from the your-thoughts-belong-to-facebook dept
TPTB at Facebook and Google + have decided the benefits of requiring authentic identity outweighs the costs. But many resent the fact that their online behavior is being tracked and consider that action by Google and Facebook to be akin to being stalked by a troll. What’s your position on the issue?