According to my Twitter stats page I’ve been using Twitter since 6th May 2009, in that time I have amassed a mere 2,493 tweets and 216 followers. So I am hardly a major player in the twitter stakes but none the less I am part of a community of tweeters many of whom I’ve built a relationship with over the past 8 months or so.
So now after 8 months of tweeting and enjoying the fellowship on twitter why do I find myself considering a username change?
I’ve commented before that when I came to twitter my experience of social networking was limited to Facebook. So I started tweeting with a Facebook mindset. On Facebook, where my network is made up exclusively of folk I know I am known by my real name. As I signed up for twitter back in May I naturally followed this form.
However twitter is not about networking with folk you know in the real world.
Since I started using the internet back in 1993 I have been known by a nom de plume which I created off-the-cuff while my 28.8kbs modem was hooked up to my ISP’s bulletin board (remember them?). Thus my very first email address was email@example.com it was a name that stuck and although over the years it has evolved into simply ‘kneewax’ it is still the name I use on the majority of public internet sites, forums and boards. Indeed if you search the word kneewax I account for all but three of the references that Google finds. (the others are a parked domain: kneewax.com, a recent Jazz composition called Kneewax and a youtube video for a spoof product for prolific pray-ers). But don’t as I am not proud of all the comments I’ve made over the years!
Part of me just wants to bring my twitter account in to line. Part of me has always disliked having my real persona obviously visible on the web. But most of all I think I like the distance a nom de plume gives. There is a certain amount of anonymity in it. Sure, if you look beyond the daily updates you will see that my real identity is available, this is not about subterfuge.
On the whole I think I’ll be happier on twitter using my pen-name rather than my real name. It also has the added benefit of being 2 characters shorter than my current username, which will be handy for replies and retweets!
So here goes.In the next couple of days I plan to change my twitter username.
I hope it’s not too confusing….