Thursday, November 13, 2008

Less at Doppleganger, More at Handleganker

What’s the courteous way to address someone who’s ganked your online identity?


Not in the illegal, credit-ruining way, but in the casual sense of just having adopted a handle that happens to be the one that you’ve used for just about everything you’ve done in the online realm for years and years? And one that seems pretty unlikely to be picked randomly by anyone who isn’t you? And one that happens to be the base of the URL for a certain blog that you might have kept for the past five-plus years?

Also, what do you make of the fact that the handleganker chose to create this ill-gotten alterego for himself at a website called Superfuture Supertalk, which describes itself as “discussion for superboard global shopping experts”? And what if he used your identity to gab on about esoteric fashion items such as size-nine “haunted tree boots” and “hi top mono IIIs”?

Really — what’s the proper procedure here?


  1. track their ip address and hunt them down like game.

    at least that's what i think is proper procedure.
    authority figures tend to not agree with me on most topics, so i would be careful when taking my advice wholeheartedly.

    until next time

  2. Don't know if that's necessary, but I think it's interesting to think about the fact that someone could use my "name" and there wouldn't be anything I could do about it.