I Goggled my name recently and my Tudiabetes posts appeared. Now potential employers have a reason to discriminate in hiring based on my diabetes.
I would use a fake name, like acidrock23? Anything you say can be used against you however if you are not you, I think your risk goes down?
it's hard to "search" for a picture though? If your "name" is your "name", you'll come up.
AcidRock23 is a fake name? Does Mrs. AcidRock know?
It's disturbing to find out AcidRock23 is not a real name. I suppose the next shoe to drop will be to find out that that is not your real picture bsc. Apparently nothing is as it seems in cyber space.
Blogs & discussions are public. Non-members can view them, but they can't comment. You can set your page to private & then it can only be viewed by friends. Change your name, geographic location & use something other than a personal photo for your avatar.
Well, I have to tell you, I protect my privacy. I don't use my real name and despite claims otherwise, this isn't a picture of my true face.
What is done is done, but you can take action now to maintain more privacy. First, you can go to your settings and change you public "nickname" to something less revealing. This will keep your public discussions and blogs from appearing with your real name. And once it propogates, google will no longer find your name.
And I don't never reveal my true name, personal identity, where I work or other things in these forums. People that know me, personally message me, they know my true name.
These protections can help keep some arbitrary person from invading your privacy, but they may not be all that useful in keeping someone like an ex away.
Just some thoughts.
I am actually very careful about this for a variety of reasons. Even my personal blog has no connection to my name, image, or exact whereabouts. Some people choose to be open when blogging about their diabetes, and that's fine. But because of the field I work in, I have to be a little more careful. Also, I don't want to ever think that someone can find out my personal health information simply by googling me.
My recommendation is to set up TuD accounts with a fake screenname and avatar (not actual image of yourself). Don't put your full name on anything. Nothing on the internet is ever private; anything you put out there has to be shared with the assumption that it very well may be shared with all.
I've been a member of TuDiabetes for four years. I regularly google my name and no TuDiabetes posts ever come up. on the other hand, sometimes you want google results to come up, such as your professional accomplishments, awards, etc. read this blog from my good friend Meg, an expert on online identity and personal branding
oh, and my profile here is completely open for all to see, even non-members.
I agree. I have recently added a picture of myself to my picture section but I never use my full name and avatar is the one I have cause I feel like that guy with all the pins in his head HAHAHA. Your situation sounds a little more important to use non-real publicly displayed information like name and pictures. I always hate to hear people having the "EX" problems. Bad enough you are trying to deal with a chronic disease the last thing you need is someone using that against you. For me I have been a recluse for many many years and my DX with the big D was my awakening to all this online community stuff. I even opened a Facebook account and I said for years "I don't need that silly Facebook thing". Now I post on it almost daily LOL. Funny how things change.
Well I hope your other situation does not stop you from getting in here and asking what you truly need from this online community.
Luckily it is easy to achieve the level of anonymity you desire by changing your screen name, location and avatar or any combination of the three. Then you can feel free to speak your mind in posts and blogs.