Half Of People On Social Networks Use Their Real Name

Using nicknames popular on social networks

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Just over half (51%) of the people on social networks use their real name, according to a new survey by Opinion Research and sponsored by Chubb Insurance.

The survey found eighteen percent always use a nickname, while 31 percent said they sometimes use their real name and sometimes use a nickname to identify themselves on social networking sites.

"Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare have created new social media risks and an environment where many people don’t know who they are talking to online," said Kenneth Goldstein, worldwide media liability manager at Chubb.

"They don’t realize who can see their location, creating many exposures for individuals and companies."

The majority (66%) of respondents said they would not use mobile technology that shows people on social networking sites their location.

"Although this lets your friends know where to find you, it also alerts criminals of your whereabouts, including when to burglarize your empty home," said Goldstein.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of respondents said their company had no policy for talking about the company on social networking sites. Of the 36% who said their company had a policy, 18% said they were encouraged to talk about the company and 18% said they were prohibited from talking about the company on social networking sites.

Half Of People On Social Networks Use Their Real Name
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  • KAY

    Not really surprising. Using your real name is definitely at risk, I myself use half and half because i really don’t want others to know too much about me.

  • George Washington

    I ALWAYS use my real name. My name is….um….George…um…..Washington! Yeah, that’s right! George Washington! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

  • http://us-dating.net Guest

    I would like to point out that the anonymity using a nickname has its virtues – at least in the dating. I do not expect any changes in this regard – not at least for awhile.

  • http://www.ringwoodpropertyservices.com.au Guest

    I never ever use my real name on these things…it makes it too easy for anyone to collect info about you especially future employers.

  • http://www.clementdampal.wordpress.com/ Count Clement II’s Panorama

    Well, yeah, I myself use my real name on social networking site just like that of Facebook for my friends/relatives/business partners, easy access. The thing is (for me which is more convenient and more safe), I update my settings privately to my friends only. I mean, I used to make my FB account privately so that strangers won’t easily get my information (Though I doubt hackers will surely enter on any accounts of any social networking sites by the use of codes).

    Just make sure not all your information will be attached to it. Or even, just let them think who you really are by not attaching or even giving a little info about yourself.

    Just be safe!

    Greetings from the Philippines!

    Count Clement II


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