I've just started the import from afuna
. I had originally thought to import all my archives to afuna_archive
, but it's been difficult to manage, I don't want to have to mess around with the access settings on three separate journals, so I never actually used the archive.
Thought about waiting for by-tag selective import, so I could filter out my twitter entries, but eh, I'll deal with them some other way!
I've finally reached the point where I'm comfortable linking my real name to my online presence. I'm not going to be drawing big neon blinking arrows or announcing my real name in my journal or anything like that, but my name will probably crop up in news posts when I make the entries, or in code attribution, etc.
Old news, but I've deleted my @afuna_wired twitter account: that's the account I used to be spammy under, but it's now fallen out of use. I decided to delete it when I found out that Twitter implemented an opt-out find-by-email feature, which I hadn't been aware of. (I didn't see the pop-up to opt-out because I access Twitter via a client, and then when I finally went to twitter.com, NoScript prevented the opt-out informative pop-up from showing up. Finally managed to disable it by going to my settings. If I hadn't been reading my /network page, I would never have known about it. So thanks to the people here who are more alert to these things than I am ♥)
Nothing happened, but it was a good wake-up call that you can't trust an account to be immutable simply because you're not using it. The service might roll out a new feature, or change their policies in a way you're not comfortable with after you leave; if you don't use it or don't otherwise keep an eye on things, then you're taking a risk leaving your information on that service. (And if you do
use it, but don't keep an eye on things, you're still running that risk, though at least you might be able to find out while you're using the site).
The easiest thing for me is to only stay on services that I really trust. Less easy in terms of effort, but easier for my worrying mind, is to stay primarily on services that I really trust without having to keep an eye on, and then keep a very close eye for any changes on any site I don't trust completely.
None of this stops me from using my original @afuna account; but I'm going to need to be more alert about protecting my privacy, and less trusting that things won't change. After this, it would be stupid not to.
I kinda thought I'd have figured this out by now, but no, not really. Section here under thought.
And just as I finish this entry, I check the status of my import, and everything is in :) I should go back some day and clean up my history.