Once More, With Feeling

I know that I just changed my Twitter name and made it private about 5 weeks ago, but I’ve decided to change it back and to make it public again.

Briefly, here are the reasons why:

– In reading my employer’s published social media policy, I have determined that I am not in violation of said policy. Even if their interpretation of this differs from mine, I feel that I have no reasonable obligation to censor a personal account on a social site used by millions of people.

– Making my Twitter account private caused difficulty in interacting with others on the service, which is the ultimate goal of, and primary reason I use, Twitter.

– I will not willingly self-censor an obviously personal account, especially one that is followed almost primarily by people who know me personally, because any employer feels it reflects poorly on them. My life outside of my job is exactly that.

– I paid for a frickin’ domain name of pzer0.com. It’s my internet “identity”, and I’d really rather not change it, so I’m not going to.

So, I am changing my Twitter name back to @pzer0, and it is public as well. I apologize for any confusion this may cause, but I assure you it will be the last time it changes. I would rather close the account altogether than change the name again.

3 thoughts on “Once More, With Feeling

  1. Mike Danko

    I first started using the Internet in about 1993, I had USENET access through the Cleveland Freenet. Being a different era, I don’t think anyone was thinking that the data will live forever, let alone me when I was 15 years old. Since google has archived all of USENET forever, it’s… interesting… to go back and see what I was doing back then.

    It did hit me a few years later, I don’t think anyone thinks about this sort of thing in the day and age where people don’t think a thing about their privacy online. There’s one guarantee — more than likely, anything you say will come back to haunt you.

    Fast forward to 2010, I’ve got about 20 _really_ interesting posts in my blog queue, but they slightly to completely overlap with my professional life and I’m very limited as to what I’m allowed to say about the topics per my employer. I’ve thought sometimes “what the hey, why not hit the publish button?”, but I know it will come back to haunt me somehow.

    It’s nothing scandalous, that’s for sure, but if I say some of the things and people know I have a Cable hat, it would more than certainly raise some flags.

    For instance, a lot of data I’ve collected from the web regarding IP TV streaming and bandwidth for one, matching it to content consumption models, and basically saying it’s impossible for content providers to provide their own services over IP. Then, and this is the kicker, how network neutrality actually eliminates the possibility of large scale streaming services over current unicast networks. This is math, you could put it in an excel sheet, but gee, if the guy in cable tv says it, he’s just being a douche. (FYI, I’m 99.99% certain this is why Google sided with Verizon on neutrality).

    I didn’t collect any of the data from work, it’s all public, but I’m sure if it hit reddit or something, I’d be out of a job.

    1. pzer0 Post author

      Man, I hear that. I got my first freenet account right around the same time (somewhere around 93-94). I am, fortunately, blessed with a somewhat common name, so when you look for me on Google (even Google groups) it is not immediately evident if it’s me, or just someone else with my name. I’d imagine you do not have that luxury 😉

  2. Mike Danko

    Actually, I think it’s worse for the other people with my name. It’s pretty common actually. Some poor lawyer in california has to deal with fighting for the #1 spot on google with me. My cousin with the same name is a phd, but good luck finding his papers!


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