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Good Reasons for an Online Alias by Mind Map: Good Reasons for
an Online Alias
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Good Reasons for an Online Alias

Protect the identity of persons requesting information delivery via public social media




Healthcare patient support groups


Have a distinctly separate identity to protect secure information from job or work environment


Healthcare provider


Corporate R&D


Worker in controversial profession

Sex workers

Abortion doctors

Medical marijuana store owners and suppliers

High profile in main identity

Entertainers (some)

District attorney



Stalker victim seeks to avoid discovery by stalker

Bullying victim

Battered persons in online support group seek to avoid discovery by their attacker

FBI Witness protection program, and similar circumstances



Especially transgendered

Especially intersex

Stigmatized diagnosis

Mental illness

Specific conditions, Alzheimers, ADHD, Cancer, Herpes, HIV/AIDS, Leprosy, Multiple sclerosis, Tuberculosis

Disability, Learning disability, Cognitive disability, Physical disability

Relationship to stigmatized person

Suicide survivor


Facial difference

Unusual height or lack of height

Missing limbs


Separation of work and personal life

Have a stage identity for specific dramatic purposes

Hoping for a new lease on life in a new community

Personal branding

Common name hard to disambiguate

Someone else with the same name, but you'd rather not be confused with them

Frequent attacks by online trolls/griefers drown out your ability to communicate

Best known through identity used in online game, forum, or virtual world