From usernames to profiles: the development of pseudonymity in Internet communication

  title={From usernames to profiles: the development of pseudonymity in Internet communication},
  author={Emily van der Nagel},
  journal={Internet Histories},
  pages={312 - 331}
ABSTRACT This article traces the development of Internet communication by examining online names and pseudonyms. I argue that choosing a username, as the first interaction a person has with a platform, sets the tone for how communication and content flows through platforms. By focusing on pseudonymity as an enduring, if contested, affordance of online communication, I consider the sociocultural conventions of naming in early computer terminals and operating systems, email, bulletin boards… 
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