It could have happened a few weeks ago, when I taught several classes how to look critically at websites. Given that I’m a cheapskate who hides bits and pieces for this site in the domain that I run for my students, there were plenty of trails of Smarties to follow that would lead them back here. Once I’d provided them with the know-how, I was expecting a few students to pop up here and discover my feline alias, but if any of them did they lurked rather quietly and didn’t let on.
I was saved by the fact that I also taught the students about WHOIS data and how to find it. They took endless satisfaction in looking up the details for my maths site. They nudged each other and pointed at my address. They demonstrated WHOIS data to their mates at lunchtime. They nudged each other and pointed at my address. Oh yes, WHOIS data proved to most fascinating.
They may know where I live, but at least none of them have come round to visit. No unexpected students dropping in for a nice cup of tea. Not yet anyway.
As in real life, so it was here on the t’Inter, no students turned up on my online doorstep either. My not-very-cunningly constructed Internet alias had somehow survived.
Of course my
sense of false anonymity false sense of anonymity was living on borrowed time, so it shouldn’t have surprised me when it decided to clear off rather suddenly. But you know me, TLC the Very Easily Surprised. I was surprised.
There I was, minding my own business, walking through reception, when it happened.
“MIIIISSS YOU’VE GOT A RIGHT COOL TWITTER NAME!”
“Er have I?” I replied, feigning innocence, as my
sense of false anonymity false sense of anonymity nipped out through the open door and made a mad dash for freedom.
“YES! YOU’RE THREE LEGGED CAT.”
Excellent. I’m sure that was loud enough for the entire school to hear.
It’s entirely my own fault. I normally use a different email for everything TLC related, but apparently in a moment of mental aberration, I signed up to Twitter with my ‘real’ email. The one that the kids all know. Oops.
So now one of my students has started reading my tweets. Well they are public – but it still leads me into an entirely grey area of netiquette. I’ll get back to you on that one. Maybe you guys can explain it to me.
Anyhoo. It’s only a matter of time before she appears here, if she hasn’t done so already, so I’d better be on my best behaviour ;0)