Your handle, yourself: On the Internet, no more reason to hide
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When services like Gmail offer only a meaningless set of digits to those who want to use their real names online, some have suggested using creative work-arounds like "thereal," "theoriginal" or "thetrue" to assert one's identity.
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A shift from online anonymity to transparency reflects a growing desire to be oneself online.