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    Business Identity vs Personal

    There can be several reasons someone would choose to keep their business identity and personal identity separate on the internet. For those of you who maintain multiple personas, be it separate forum accounts, blogs, social media accounts, or web pages, why do you do it?

    What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing it?
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    I keep several different identities.
    For example, on my domains' whois I always use a specific identity (with a valid email just in case someone needs to reach me, as well as a valid phone number).
    And in business relationships I use different company names for different markets (Internet Marketing, Web Hosting, Domaining, Coding Services, Web Hosting...).

    It helps separate both earnings and clients. And clients and partners get the feeling of that they're dealing with a specialized company, which is usually the best thing they could do.

    The only disadvantage I can think of is the huge amount of time it takes to get used to all those identities (I don't use to trust anyone else my business).

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    Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    There can be several reasons someone would choose to keep their business identity and personal identity separate on the internet. For those of you who maintain multiple personas, be it separate forum accounts, blogs, social media accounts, or web pages, why do you do it?

    What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing it?

    For me the reason for keeping business and personal identity separate as I am in to offline business.

    Also on net we come to contact with many unknown persons, would be advisable to keep the separate identity.

    I would like to mention the disadvantage, we can not get the amount of attention and preferred services which we get in offline business.

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  4. I am using different identities to make myself safe from other cheaters and many times we don't want to share our life situations with others . So different identities helps you to trade better .

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    I maintain several online persona's and it's all I can do offline to remember my real name (which I changed age 21).

    Suffice to say my name's not MaxKidder (meme),.

    I like the annonimity and prefer to keep my reality (the shaky one) offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by m42 View Post
    There can be several reasons someone would choose to keep their business identity and personal identity separate on the internet. For those of you who maintain multiple personas, be it separate forum accounts, blogs, social media accounts, or web pages, why do you do it?

    What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing it?
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    I don't have any online profiles, other than a handful of forums and a (semi)professional LinkedIn profile. The only 'problem' I'm facing with that LinkedIn profile is that my 3 main activities come together; being

    1 Freelance professional (non IT related)
    2 Business owner/manager (offline)
    3 Webmaster (that I aim to continue to grow)

    Activity 1,2 and 3 have nothing to do which each other and for some colleagues in 1, that doesn't look professional (but that's their problem).

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmash View Post
    I am using different identities to make myself safe from other cheaters and many times we don't want to share our life situations with others . So different identities helps you to trade better .
    I'll second that.

    Also, let's take for example a so called marketing guru: in this case using your personal identity will definitely help a lot and make you more trust worthy. The same goes for freelance writers.

    But, if you are a programmer then a business name would be better.

    So it's all about what you're into.

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    I keep my personal identity and my online identlty different. I have two of everything I register for. Two Gmails, two Facebooks, two Twitters. It's rather fun. Plus, if something horrible happens on my business identity, it's simple to change everything and start anew.

    With a personal identity, it's rather difficult to change your name and address and start over. The wonder of P.O. Boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razorloq View Post
    I keep my personal identity and my online identlty different. I have two of everything I register for. Two Gmails, two Facebooks, two Twitters. It's rather fun. Plus, if something horrible happens on my business identity, it's simple to change everything and start anew.

    With a personal identity, it's rather difficult to change your name and address and start over. The wonder of P.O. Boxes.

    Razorloq
    That seems like a lot of work.
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