On Google, repository of most of my personal information not on here, I've been Jo C for a while. I changed it from my full name in protest at the full names policy which has finally now been axed. So I could go back to using tinyjo there as my actual name as well as my account name. On the other hand, is there any reason for that? It's not like Google will have any trouble connecting up my name with my account, it seems to me, although it might take a month or two. And while I fully support and indeed demand the right to be pseudonymous, I'm not sure I personally actually *need* to be, or at least not in the context of this set of accounts. Any thoughts on the value or not of relative anonymity?
And then there's LonCon. I got an email yesterday asking me to check my badge name because I put my badge name down as my fannish account where I write my fic on the grounds that anyone who doesn't know me already is much more likely to have encountered that than anything else. On the other hand, as I haven't been writing for a while and that account is therefore not very active, perhaps that's not the best idea? Do I want to connect with people at this convention? And if so, under which identity? Fond though I am of my other username, I kind of wish I didn't need to keep it at a distance from this one but given my profession, that still does seem wise. Experienced con-goers, what do you think? What is the badge name *for*? Should I be going by what I want to be addressed as? Or is it there to help signpost people to where they might know me from?