Using Your Photo As An Avatar - page 2

I see more and more posters using their own photos as avatars, and while most of those pictures are very attractive, I think it's a dangerous practice. The internet isn't really as anonymous as we... Read More

  1. by   workingharder
    Guess all you want, Doc. You'll never see through my disguise!
  2. by   Amnesty
    Quote from klone
    What I don't understand is why a person would use a picture of Angelina Jolie or some other sexy famous person as their av. Seems weird.
    I, too, have never understood this xD.

    I'm 24, and even in my day, it was completely taboo to give out even so much as your real name online. Nowadays people are like, "HERE! LOOK AT MY DOG! AND MY SCHOOL! AND MY NEIGHBORHOOD! AND MY MOM!" and they don't realize that there are consequences to making yourself so easy to find. I've always been quite paranoid about my own Internet usage. Different usernames on every website, and not many ways to link them together. Protect yourselves!!
  3. by   LadyFree28
    I really look like this...I swear!!!

    If anyone can figure who I am in person, that would be interesting...there's hundreds and thousands of nurses in my area, where I work, that may have similar backgrounds...NO one knows I'm a part of AN. And if they do, they don't want people to know either...this place is like Vegas to me...and names and avatars are protected!!!
  4. by   sharpeimom
    I'd never post a picture of myself as my avatar on any internet site! I use several usernames on different sites too. We have two shar pei and nine cats, so usually I use a cat or dog picture as my avatar. I change the avatar from time-to-time but usually keep the same theme.
  5. by   mariebailey
    Great advice. My profile/avatar are inconspicuous. I'm not really a dog, I don't really live on the internet, & I have much more than 0 years of experience.
  6. by   Esme12
    You would be amazed to realize that after you have been here a while it is rather easy to actually figure out who's who or where they live. Anyone who actually knows me who be able to figure me out in a heartbeat by my posts and my dog. But I am extremely purposeful about what I put on the internet.
  7. by   Nascar nurse
    Awe - here I was trying to hide the big secret that I'm really Danica Patrick (snicker snicker)
  8. by   pockunit
    I switched my accounts to a new user name because I was worried things I said made it too easy to identify me. I've gotten a little slack but you can bet your sweet bippy that I won't risk my hard-won RN job by posting a photo someone could trace. Honey badger don't play.
  9. by   hiddencatRN
    I agree completely. I've figured out people I know in real life based on a few key details and have been found out as well. I really try to keep my posts 100% unobjectionable but I can't always resist a good flame war. I mean, heated discussion. Anyway, post your state, your specialty, maybe your school, and you will discover just how small a community nursing is. Adding a picture just confirms it for others.
  10. by   tigerlogic
    I try to be careful what I say, regardless. If someone *really* wanted to, they could probably figure out something about me and the older I get the more cautious I am.

    Guess I shouldn't still have my picture as my avatar...
  11. by   AnonRNC
    See my User Name.

    I may or may not live in L.A.

    I do work in the NICU.

    I probably have as many years of experience as it says up there ^^.

    I don't talk about my patients in "real time." That is: if I post something about a patient I had the other other day, it was probably a year ago and a different gender and I mixed up several other details. If a parent ever "googles" words associated with what their baby had, they WILL NOT get one of my posts.

    I know of one other person at work that is an AllNurses user, but I don't know his user name and he doesn't know mine. And neither of us ever log into AllNurses from work.
    Last edit by AnonRNC on Feb 18, '13 : Reason: correcting emphasis
  12. by   wooh
    If someone knows me, they could pretty easily figure out who I am. But I'm not going to make it easy by putting my picture up.
  13. by   Good Morning, Gil
    I agree, which is why I'm not really Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) on a sailboat. "I sail, I sail!" Great movie.