About That Avatar... - page 5

by Ruby Vee 11,057 Views | 55 Comments

It seems that every year, there's a new bunch of AN members who use their own photo as an avatar. It's a dangerous practice. The internet isn't really as anonymous as we all like to think it is, but if you're using your own... Read More


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    Heck, if I used my a picture of my face for an avatar here, they would shut down the site.
    LadyFree28, Krzysztof, Hygiene Queen, and 1 other like this.
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    My avatar is a random photo I found on google when I searched "vintage nurse," and it showed up several places as a stock photo.

    I'm sure it's someone's mother or grandmother, somewhere. I hope they don't mind!
    Deeni, LadyFree28, and amoLucia like this.
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    Quote from Overland1
    Heck, if I used my a picture of my face for an avatar here, they would shut down the site.
    You mean thats not your real picture?????
    vianne and Overland1 like this.
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    Out of sheer curiosity I googled my name and the first thing that popped up was my LinkedIn profile. This is ok with me. The next 20 items were listings for people with the same name but not me. This is how everyone should be. Anonymity is a valuable thing these days.
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    Google Image Search allows you to upload or copy/paste a photo from any site (that doesn't block such actions), then Google scours the 'net to identify the origin of that photo. It's not perfact yet, but it's scary enough as it is. You can be sure if you post your pic on Facebook, (even worse- if you label your pic with your NAME), then your face and your name will forever be searchable using either your name or your photo. Ever wonder why a transparent box opens on Fecbook photos as you curse over them? They want you to provide a name of the face in those photos- then it'll never be undone. If you think someone in here uses their own photo as an avatar, or just want to try some fun with GIS, here's what to do:

    Right click the avatar, or any other photo. A few sites (like dating sites) have disabled this function, however.
    Save it to your desktop.
    Pull up GIS.
    Paste, or upload the avatar, or photo into the seach box. Click search.
    If that avatar or other photo is anywhere online, or maybe ever HAS been online, you might get a match. And a Facebook name?

    Welcome to 1984, again...
    not.done.yet, vianne, and Ruby Vee like this.
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    Thanks Ruby Vee...good food for thought.
    vianne likes this.
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    Something else I noticed: pre-nursing student new members oftentimes post to the threads of the school/s they have applied to:

    "I'm so nervous . . ."
    "Anxiously awaiting hearing whether I got in to X school"
    "I got in"
    "Me too"

    et cetera. The threads stick (they're there, accessible forever) way beyond the point of application. Anyone who takes a look around can then figure out who these individuals are (even if they did not post their own picture or use their own name, which they sometimes do) based on which school's thread they had conversations, said they got in to, and "are definitely going to!"

    I'll admit: I'm a pre-nursing student who got into choice #1 school . . . but I had a moment of clarity when signing up for my account. I had been reading articles here for a couple years while taking prerequisites and had noticed those who were accidentally self-identifying from "go" and decided not to post anything to that school's thread.

    Believe me, it was nice to see that I wasn't alone anxiously awaiting news from the same program. It was even nice to see posts from a member of the school who keeps watch over the AN thread and helps answer questions. I doubt, however, that many of the application-stage individuals realized that they had self-disclosed exactly who they are from their very first post to AN.
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    Well, this is EXACTLY what I look like, and I don't care who knows it (although I am more of a spring green...)
    TeacupPom, not.done.yet, and LadyFree28 like this.
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    I've said it before... AN provides the luxury of staying anonymous. Facebook does not. When I had one, it required me to use my actual name and wanted me to fill out all of my details (school, work place, even address). The address part was the final straw. Why should Facebook have access to that?

    So I prefer AN methods. And I much appreciate that there are users like TheCommuter and Ruby Vee who reminds others to protect themselves.

    Quote from secondlifen2b
    Something else I noticed: pre-nursing student new members oftentimes post to the threads of the school/s they have applied.
    These threads make me cringe. My state forum is unfortunately filled with them too, making so many users identifiable.
    LadyFree28, OCNRN63, and Ruby Vee like this.
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    Quote from trishmsn
    Well, this is EXACTLY what I look like, and I don't care who knows it (although I am more of a spring green...)
    You are STUNNING!
    LadyFree28 likes this.


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