Biased Thoughts on Privacy

The mental work that goes into the actual title of one’s domain when creating a website has never really occurred to me. After reading Martha Fay Burtis’ article, I found it quite difficult myself in coming up with names on the spot. Outside of using one’s own name for the domain, I really want to stray from using that. Not necessarily because I dislike my name. Spoiler, I do like my name. That isn’t the issue. However, should someone be concerned with their name on the internet? And how does that affect privacy?


The short answer is yes. According to Lindsey C. Kim, using your real name makes it easier for others to find your content. Outside of this current post, using your own name can help others find all your other public social media accounts and websites. As of writing this, I have a LinkedIn account that has not been updated for many years with just an awful picture of me. I should probably get to deleting that account. I’m trailing off. Anyway, you’re probably wondering what harm can come from posting your real name on the internet.

To follow up on the previous issue I have of using my real name, is that it’s a double-edged sword. Essentially, using your real name makes it easier for potential employers and, if your an artist, future commissions of work but having your name out, publicly for all to see can be overwhelming. Privacy is important and having it given to the public allows others to see their work and, in a worst case scenario, steal it.

It can be scary to think of one’s work being stolen off the internet but it shouldn’t stop them from wanting to create content. There are a bunch of ways to legally deal with keeping content safe. The point being is to be aware and think before you post.


One response to “Biased Thoughts on Privacy”

  1. Chris Friend Avatar

    You pointed to Burtis’s article, which she posted on her site called The Fish Wrapper. Mutual friends of ours use Twitter handles Jessifer and SlamTeacher instead of their full names, though interestingly they use for their respective websites.

    Food for thought, I guess.

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