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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.

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.
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?
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.