Do you have an online identity?

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1. Posted by NZder04 (Budding Member 7 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys. I was thinking about online identites and how they are obtained over the internet. Would you say you have an online identy. Can you control how others perceive you on the internet? How do you obtain your online identity (through nicknames, signiture attachment etc)?
I'd really LOVE to hear your veiws on this!

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I find this subject really fascinating, the way people can create a whole new persona and manipulate the way others percieve them.
I've surfed through other chat rooms, have you ever visited the thorn tree? those sites are massive and you get the same people operating under three or four tags with different personalities (usually for the purpose of creating chaos!)

I only use the thorn tree to pick up tips and help about my trips though and the handle I use there is alwaysbarefoot because mim was too short! and I don't really like wearing shoes (is that strange?)

My tag is my real name, it's my real age and sex on my profile. I like it when people use interesting things for nicknames thats cool especially when its something unknown about themselves!
I've enjoyed talking to people on travellerspoint and would genuinely like to meet up with them sometime so whats the point in pretending to be someone I'm not?
(just my two pence )


3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I agree that the whole online personality/id thing is absolutely fascinating. I believe that people do have very distinct online personalities (whether deliberate or not) which are often different to their real life versions, and these can evolve over time and between forums, or at sites for different subjects etc.

Of course, regardless of how well you think you know somebody online, you can never really tell who they are or what they are like until you physically meet them, and there are always people pretending to be things/people they aren’t for whatever reason, or have multiple personalities. I can understand and even agree with several reasons why people do it, although personally I don't as I’m just not clever enough (or can’t be bothered) to succeed doing that myself. It’s just too much effort and hard work.

From a personal point of view, I generally use the same user name (where I can) because it’s unusual so likely to be free and I then don’t have to remember different names. I think I’m Gelli in every travel forum – and most others - I’ve ever joined, although virtually all where I exist I only check very occasionally (or not at all). My profile here is probably as close to my real one as I have online and the most thorough, as I like it and the people here (cheers Peter, Sam and Sole, and keep up the good work! ).

I generally start off giving no or very little info until I get a feel for the place, and then add more when I feel comfortable or stuff which is more relevant to that specific forum, whilst some places I never give out much info. The Thorntree is an interesting one. I started off just watching for several months. Then joined but gave no info in my profile. Then i gave loads and tried to be very serious (a very bad move) and answer lots and lots of posts. Then due to it’s sheer size, I became very selective and changed my profile as such. Now, although I watch the European branches etc, and answer some, i don’t post that much there. I am however now quite active on the non Travel branches, particularly World of Sport which is somewhat light hearted (and often surreal) and as such, my profile is now fairly random and doesn’t contain any useful information whatsoever. But it fits with my normal identity there, and even if it looks stupid, still fits me perfectly. Regarless, it’s still me sprouting the same rubbish wherever I am.

One random point though which has just dawned on me, and curious to know if it’s just me or if other people do this as well – I rarely ask anything on any forum, and then nothing of any great relevance or importance. I browse and reply where I can, but don’t think I’ve ever asked any questions that really matter on any forum.

Btw, mim – a full scale travellerspoint meet (drink) -up? Sounds a great idea.

4. Posted by DevonTom (Full Member 20 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Forum meets can be great fun...

Despite not really being a forum addict, I went to music technology forum meet once ( I can be a bit of a geek, I'm a musician, cut me some slack) simply because I was amazed to find the suggested pub was my local...! It turned out the guy who organsised it actually lived opposite my flat...weird...Anyway, a bunch of us had a few beers and went for a curry on Brick Lane (any London-dwellers will know what I'm on about). I admit the conversation wasn't much to write home about, not surprisingly, but a travel forum meet I think has a little more potential...!


5. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

A travel forum meet would be great!! It would be so interesting to talk to all these crazy people in person. (crazy as in a good kind of crazy)

And trying to plan one would be even crazier!! (not necessarily the good kind of crazy :)

6. Posted by NZder04 (Budding Member 7 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the input guys:) But can anyone tell me how they experess their personality online?

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I can see what you mean Gelli, but honestly, on a smaller site like this where you move around expressing your opinions on different things I think it's more difficult to conceal your real personality. Although I guess it's alot to do with the words and phrases you use.

I've asked questions plenty of times although I find you have to phrase them in a way that will capture peoples attention.
On the thorn tree there really are two types of users, those there who want to know answers to travelling questions and those there to be in 'chat room' mode. I used to occasioally but now never contribute except to the travel pages although I like to watch in the off topic pages because the people that post there are so funny!
I once watched an entire thread fold out in which a guy was seeking advice because his brand new girlfriend (dare I say it?...) admitted letting her dog ummm...shall we say treat her like a snack

I talk to people on travellerspoint like I would if I met them in real life with respect for their opinions, elsewhere I don't really have as much time for what people have to say I admit I might not take them too seriously...

BTW, Peter gave me the idea for a travellerspoint meet cos he's coming to the UK soon unfortunately it's about a week after I leave for SA. doh!

oh well It would definately be a laugh to finally meet everyone
maybe soon...


8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting NZder04

Thanks for the input guys:) But can anyone tell me how they experess their personality online?

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Exactly Wocca-no words needed-just your name will do!! snigger!

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hmmmm...I have met quite a few people that I originally met online. I have been told by all of them, that I was exactly what they expected. Don't know if that is good or bad, but I guess I can only be me