I am intrigued by Twitter users who choose to keep themselves anonymous, yet at the same time choose to interact with the community they affiliate with.
It’s an odd one in my mind.
You want to remain anonymous, yet take part in discussions with others.
You want to remain anonymous, yet write a blog and publish this in the social space.
You want to remain anonymous, yet follow others to see what they have to say.
These people are connecting, and they’re interacting, and they’re doing all these social things, but they’re just hiding behind a veil.
I understand the purpose of hiding if you’re afraid to out yourself. There’s something about self-preservation which many of us don’t want to jeopardise.
I understand literal veils. They have strong religious and cultural norms attached to them. They are meaningful and help people find self-identity.
I understand masks. They help people be someone they normally aren’t. Or they help people have fun.
Most of all, though, I’ve seen that eventually the veil gets removed and people out themselves. I’ve seen lots of people choose to keep ‘protected’ and then ‘out’ themselves.
So, I have some questions:
If you’re hiding, why are you hiding?
If you came out from hiding, what prompted that?
If you want to continue hiding, what’s driving that?