Facebook and My Anonymity

Last August I wrote a post called Facebook Reveals Secrets in which I expressed surprise over how some people blog anonymously yet use their real names on Facebook. It just seems a bit contradictory. Why would you be anonymous in one place and not another.

Anyway, I still haven't done much with my own Facebook entry and I can't say that I intend to. I am still trying to maintain some anonymity, but it remains to be seen how much longer I can keep that up.

But what I really want to mention is that when I look at some bloggers Facebook sites I am shocked to see how many people we know in common. I suppose that I really shouldn't be surprised by this. The Jewish community really isn't that big and I have been involved in aspects of it all my life, but still...

Just for kicks I'll give you a partial list of groups/organizations I have been involved with:

Camp Ramah in California
Camp Ramah in Canada
United Synagogue Youth
University of Judaism
N.C.S.Y.

Like I said, I look at some of your sites and I can't help but think "worlds colliding." If we spent just a couple of minutes on the telephone I am sure that we'd find that we know a dozen or more people, or that we have been to the same parties.

And now if you'll excuse me I need to go referee a disagreement between my kids.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I gave up on the idea of blogging anonymously a couple of years ago. Not that it really mattered. And personally, I'm having a great time with facebook, friend.

Anonymous said...

I use my blog to say things that are too controversial to say with my real name. I don't want everything I have to say to be read by employers, family members, etc.

Sarah Likes Green said...

worlds are definitely colliding and it's easy to see on fb. scary!

Jack Steiner said...

Judi,

I can appreciate that.

Anon, I hear you man/maam.

Sarah,

oh yes.

Baconeater said...

I don't use my real name on Facebook.
I use A J Brightenstein.

The word verification I'm about to enter is "akojoo"

There must be a subliminal or cryptic message in it for me.
A K O JOO.
A knockout Jew?
Natalie Portman?

Jack Steiner said...

BEAJ,

;)

Another meshugannah mommy said...

Well, I am not anonymous on Facebook - it sees my real and virtual worlds collide there. My blog is anonymous - I don't link to it on Facebook. Don't know why - there's really nothing that I blog about which would be too embarrassing or private....


Maybe I'll change at some point.

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