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From: nckd Date: January 24th, 2005 - 05:36 pm (Link)
Well, I guess there's two different goals -- for my andrew id, I wanted something easy to remember and figure out so that people could email or zephyr me. For a net identity, I prefer something less revealing of personal info, particularly gender. It at least used to be, if you googled me the first thing you'd get is an old MAYA page with lots of personal info and a photograph. That may not seem like a big deal to people who haven't gotten multiple declarations of love from complete strangers, but I prefer people not have that information.

There is actually a place on the web where I use my real name, but I guess that brings me to problem number two: very common names are hard to get as user ids. Unless I'm one of the first people to sign up, it's just not going to happen. So something based on my andrew id works well, and I like it better than name_2000 or name_address, or something like that.

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