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You may notice that I've added my birthday and a vague location to my profile. I tell 'ya, that was really hard to do -and I'm not talking about the software. It seems I'm at a time in my life where my desire to be noticed is colliding with my desire to be anonymous, private, secretive, and paranoid. I hate giving out personal information, but I know I want people to know me, and that means they have to know something about me. Still, I really burns.
I assume there are more private people like me, but they're probably all keeping a low profile.
Well, I'm a very shy person, but I don't show it on the profile (at least, I don't think so). One thing I'll never write for everyone to see is my last name - It's just a sense of security, I guess.(or maybe it's paranoia ) Otherwise, I'm comfortable with what I write. I don't think it's so revealing. (well, maybe). Okay, I think I corrected myself 3 times. that's not a good sign. Heck with it, I'm goin' to sleep
I believe that I can only be tracked down to my ISP, but I get your point. Yes, nothing is totally anonymous. I just want it to be comfortably anonymous.
And, Jerry, are you meaning shy as in private or shy as in shy? I think that shyness is not wanting to talk to people because of the people; privacy is not wanting to talk to the people because you don't want to give out information.
Also, I probably wouldn't be so free with my last name if it weren't for my domain name.
Have you ever been interviewed and questioned by the FBI? (Don't ask, it wasn't about me but someone I know). Your not anonymous in today's world, I'll tell you that right now.
But anyways, I'll tell you one thing, they were pulling up crap and telling me things that seemed I didn't really know about the person. They knew everything and it was kind of scary. Knew things about even me I thought only few knew.
So I wouldn't worry about your Location, Name or even Birthday on a site like this one.. cause there is someone already out there that knows more about you than you do..
Originally posted by Travis86 You may notice that I've added my birthday and a vague location to my profile.
I (personally) don't think that people's birthdays are of any special interest, but location definitely is. Or at least what time zone you live in. If I answer a question here in Sweden (Central European Time) in the morning and the poster lives in the U.S, then I know that he/she most probably sleeps and won't see my answer and send a reply until (my) afternoon.
So, please, give some information about your location. I don't think that you reveal to much of your privacy by telling what time zone you live in. You can still only be pin-pointed within a couple of hundred million people.
I mean shy as in private, Travis. I don't USUALLY like to share information about me with others. But I agree with tricky that there are people who you don't know who know a lot about you, and it's just pointless to try to hide it from them, since they already know what you're hiding.
A freind of mine was going for an FBI job and they do tons of interviews to establish the character of not only the potential agent, but also of those that they surround themselves with. It is absolutley amazing. I thought of telling him to tell them that he did not know me, but that would have been stupid, as they would already know he did....
But, everything you ever thought was relatively provate is known by someone, and through that someone, that same information can be made known.
Same goes for the internet. Finding out who someone really is closely approximates a real world game of connect the dots. Make no mistake of it. All you need is a friend at that persons ISP to make it really easy, like an IP addy and a phone call.
The FBI is good, plus they have badges, but they dont do much that someone else couldnt do with some time and effort.
In Sweden, when we are born, we are automatically registered. That means that we get a personal number. It's composed of /yy/mm/dd - 4 other numbers.
So, knowing somebody's birthday here is already half way gone to locate them(?). Indeed, the other 4 number are random(?) numbers. This Xmas I've got an extra job at the Post Office here. We've got some ID cards and to get in thru the main door, we had show the card to the reader (a machine, not a person...lol) and type our 4 last personal numbers... ghehe. Even with a clear lack of privacy and it's registries, privacy break is not a problem here, since it's ain't many peoples living here anyways... yet