Unless you are going to be sending me a check or a prize or something: Why is it that my “Last name is Required!” I have created a persona, a mere façade for myself here in Windows Live Spaces. I’m not a fugitive of justice and I’m not trying to hide anything from anyone, but I just feel uncomfortable using my real last name on the Internet. Is there anything wrong with that? I haven’t lied about what my last name is while registering my account here with Microsoft and Windows Live. It’s no different than an author using a pen name to write a book, or me for personal reasons, not wanting to use my last name posted on my Windows Live Spaces site.
I use the pseudonym, or alias, or aka, of Wicked when I write my Fiction Friday posts and I enjoy writing using different characters. Windows Live is requesting that I use a last name so I have chosen MyUniqueLife. I had used my real last name for a few days, but I just didn’t feel comfortable with seeing it out there on the Internet. The New Windows Live Upgrade asks for your last name and when I think of update, it brings to mind minute, little, subtle changes that one would hardly even notice. For example: one of the changes is that you use your last name on the site.
I have avoided using my last name on this site because I’m paranoid about it…I could put any name that I wanted to in the space that says, “Last name is required.” Who is going to be checking up on last names? I’m almost certain that the last name requirement is because of the new social networking features of The New Windows Live Spaces. This from Help “Change who can view information in your profile on Windows Live” and I have used the last name MyUniqueLife.
I wrote about some of my feelings of paranoia in this entry What’s My Real Name? And I deleted my first Windows Live Spaces site because I used my real name in the URL and couldn’t stand the feeling of paranoia. I wrote about Internet Safety in this Clubhouse post and I’m not trying to hide anything from any one. I know that Microsoft and Windows Live knows “Who I Am” my name is Jeff and I’m the author of My Unique Life in Windows Live Space: Yes, that’s me in the picture.
The legal ramifications go on and on and I don’t even want to get involved with all of this Bloggers’ Legal Guide razzamatazz stuff. I just want to write something in my Blog every day and learn how to communicate my thoughts and feelings into words to the best of my ability.
Thanks for Listening,