Even though this week has been hella busy, I finally did manage to finish a book last night, The Road to Ruin by Donald E. Westlake, the 11th in the series about Dortmunder, the hapless burglar. Last week I mentioned how Westlake is a comfort author and this book didn’t disappoint in that regard. It was good to return to the characters of Dortmunder and those of his gang of misfits and chuckle as they flubbed yet another caper.
On Sunday, I mentioned how I was trying to juggle all the bowling pins of applications without losing my shit as I began exploring Google +. Since then, I’ve learned through the author of Beth Fish Reads, that the overlords at Google have decided that you must use your real name by July 31 on Google +. Now I could go into a long diatribe about why I use the name “Unfinished Person” and how I’ve built up a persona online over the last few years, but bottom line, I believe that Google is forcing me to do something I don’t want to do — and I don’t have to do.
I am glad, though, that Google is taking care of this in the Beta version and not deciding to deal with it later like Facebook. At one point, I did have two Facebook profiles, one for the real me and the other for this blog, until Facebook “forced me” to transfer my blogging profile to a fan page. At least, I know where I am with Google from the start.
So this leaves me with the question: Do I leave Google + on principle? Or do I stay and stick it out because I’ve already “collected” 70-plus (no pun intended) people (some with blogging pseudonyms like myself right now) and I was just beginning to develop some relationships with some new people? I won’t make a quick decision – like I’ve done in the past with defriending people on Facebook and then regretting it, then adding them back…then blah blah blah…(oh, come on, like it’s never happened to you). However, I naturally will make this decision by the end of the month since Google is “forcing my hand.”
The caveat with all of this is it’s my choice whether to stay or go. No one forced me to sign up for Facebook or for Twitter or for the myriad of applications that I do use. If anything else, this “experience” is continuing to teach me why do I do what I do? What’s the point? I think it’s good for all of us in the blogging world and, hell, in the real world, to examine what we are doing instead of being mindless cogs in the machine.
So what do you think? Should I stay or should I go? Or maybe you don’t have a proverbial dog in this fight. That’s all right too. How do you manage your online personas, if you have them, and how do you manage your own identity, period, online?