Guest Post: Your Online Identity Part 1

Guest Post: Your Online Identity Part 1

I often say that one of my blog post is based on a conversation “with a friend”.  When I do that, as often as not that friend is Bojan Soldan.  I have had the pleasure of working with Bojan on several projects and can think of no one’s opinion who I respect more in the fields of social media, gaming and design.  The great news for those of you who don’t get to talk to him as often as I do is that he’s decided to bring those opinions (and some of his artwork) to the worldwide web in the form of his new blog,  His first technology related posts will be a fantastic seven part series about having a true online identity, and what that might mean for us, the end users.  I’ll be cross-posting that first series here over the next couple weeks for your enjoyment, but for the rest of his work you’ll have to visit him at

This post is part one of a seven post series about the notion of .

But there’s a whole side of me / That you need to see / Go check out MySpace.

I have always felt the need for having a true identity on the internet. Most of that desire actually comes from the endless annoyances and trolls you tend to face in online environments, who love to hide behind the shroud of anonymity the internet provides. I’m sure that if you even marginally use the internet for social interaction, you’ve seen or at least heard about all of the following examples:

  • The YouTube comment troll who spews hateful remarks on video comments
  • The MySpace spammer who friends you so he or she can advertise on your wall
  • The game forum troll who proclaims that one game/item/console is better than another in order to start a forum war
  • The Xbox Live user who feels the need to throw out racial slurs at all times during gameplay

The list goes on and on and on, from chat rooms, to online games to Twitter and other social media experiences. If you’re an avid internet user or spend time in any of the environments described above, you probably know some of these people by their handle. You might even know when they might resurface and what comments to expect.

The point is, it seems like any place that fosters communication online, you have to suffer through the annoyances of those people whose only goal seems to be… well… to annoy you, to get a reaction, or to provoke an argument. The general rule to dealing with these people is to ignore them until they go away, but out of thousands of potential targets, at least one person will spring the trap, make a comment, and thus, the cycle always continues. Such behavior was the primary catalyst to get me thinking about how much more enjoyable the internet would be if it embodied a concept of true identity.