I get IM'd a fair amount when on my public IM names, but I seem to get a lot of the same sort of messages. I don't want to make anyone feel bad, but here's what I get a lot of:
- The question "what's up", or otherwise having the burden of striking up a conversation being put on me by people I don't know well (or at all, usually).
- Being told by strangers who I know nothing about that I'm not particularly talkative.
- Being asked for advice by strangers who, again, I know nothing about.
- Being asked interview-like questions.
I put up my public IM information in the hope of getting to talk to new people and possibly make some new friends, but it seems like I mostly get IM'd by those who just want to chat it up with me because I make El Goonish Shive
I guess it's what I should expect, but it feels really one-sided. It's nothing personal, but the basic scenario is being IM'd by someone who knows way more about you than you know about them and them having the expectation of carrying on a conversation, and them treating you differently because of something you do. It feels more like being at the Keenspot booth at comic-con than having a friendly chat with someone.
It actually makes me tempted to go the anonymous route with a different screen name so that anyone who I'm talking to is doing so for me and not EGS, but I don't see how I can do that on something like DA, and I like sharing stuff that I draw and talking about EGS with people I know so it seems like a lose/lose situation