One of the things that I’m enjoying about the internet at the moment is the freedom to choose your identity. Not the freedom to hide it but the freedom to share it.
It all began with this blog post by Chelsea and Courtney at the National Library of New Zealand. The lightbulb moment happened for me when they wrote “It was really important to both of us that we had our names on the account…” I’d never really thought about being ‘me’ online before. In fact, I quite liked the fact that my online pseudonym was who I was. The problem with choosing to post under an pseudonym is that it changed from site to site. It got quite troublesome for me to remember which name I’d used from site to site. I’d also struggled to shift from an impersonal style of writing to a more relaxed style for the library blog. In reading their post suddenly I felt free to say that actually, yes, I am a person, not an Organisation.
It’s clear on all of the library accounts that I post for that there is a person (or people) behind the account. (I haven’t yet come out on my personal accounts but I suspect it’s only a matter of time.) What has this meant for the things I post? They have a more relaxed style and people are replying or asking questions. I believe this is because they know that there’s someone behind the information who’s interested in their questions and comments.