My twitter handle copies the license plate I’ve had since I began working for PBS in 2002.
And in the beginning, I used an avatar on Twitter, to show my PBS pride.
I’d change it up whenever Congress threatened to cut PBS funding, which eventually seemed to become a year-round affair.
I’m no longer working directly for one of the best content providers the world will ever know, but IM still 4PBS, so I kept using the same avatar and general bio on Twitter:
Successfully communicating in this new media frontier – forging & sustaining relationships – is a lifelong adventure, not for the faint of heart. Yippee-Ki-Yay!
I felt my identity was safer, but still true, and required someone to dig deeper to find my #ePatient history.
Why would one be wont to hide behind an avatar and benign Twitter profile?
Because I am a cancer survivor now living with other chronic conditions, byproducts of my initial treatments. Because I was unemployed and unable to find a job, any job with health insurance, here in the Neo-Luddite Triangle, for far too long, even after COBRA and unemployment benefits ran out. Because I don’t have a spouse with benefits. Because I am afraid survivors, like myself, are still open to discrimination, despite attempts to legislate against it (GINA, 2008).
I don’t think I am alone.