Recently Facebook has started to recommend these people to me as potential FB friends. Only: they mostly go by pseudonyms, presumably so fans or trolls can’t find them by searching their names. But it’s obviously them. Their Facebook and Instagram accounts must be linked.
There are many ways to remain private on the internet, but The Dreaded Algorithms are killing these off as well.
- ‘Umpteen’ was coined in New Zealand in the late 19th Century
- ‘Zillion’ appeared c.1916; probably from African-American vernacular
- ‘Forty-leven’ was forty and eleven. It dates from c.1839
- ‘Gazillion’ wasn’t used until 1974; ‘bajillion’ in 1990
- Passwords are often based on what’s important to us: GoT, D&D, Skyrim.
- Animals (even fictional) evoke memories of fun, positive experiences.
- We choose passwords when we’re young. 13-year-olds think dragons are cool.
It’s been a crash course in learning about self-confidence, self-love, tolerating both positive and negative feedback from strangers, knowing who you are, arguing from a position of wanting to help the world rather than out of narcissism.