We are full-time public relations agents representing ourselves.
The online offers the ability to shape one’s identity, separate from the actual day-to-day; an important distinction.
Yet now we are asked to do the same as , with real friends and acquaintances.
It is with this standard that I chose talking HEAD™ in the 1990s, with the trademark symbol giving me ownership to my handle when in my favorite social space, L. Anonymous was not respected, more reviled and ignored. The most recent form of pseudonym, which is found in one’s actual name as per social networks, is a strange case.
Here lies yet another dynamic conflict of identity.
A website registered in 2000, making it one of the web's oldest Chat rooms, and also one of the most popular (Alexa rank 21091).
Originally launched with Digi Chat software, it was subsequently changed and built with 123 Flash Chat, an Adobe Flash-based software for in-browser Chat rooms.
Whole rooms exist with various themes, topics, sub-topics, and subject matter with rarely a living human in sight.
One can’t help but imagine bot-2-bot conversation, an endless loop of automated responses, ad infinitum.
a_strawberrygirl59214 (4/4/2012 PM): wtf, im not a bot norbertogomezjr (4/4/2012 PM): i’m sorry. Chat between the author and chat-bot, April 4, 2012.] Sometimes the bots surprise me, as their responses and use of language is slowly updated by a mysterious figure: for example, I was once asked, “Who you callin’ a bot?
” Yet their creators remain wholly unknown and unquestioned by users.
Users created and maintained identities with meaningful usernames and chat handles, or pseudonyms.