keep 'low-visibility' youtube presence?

a friend of mine has much knowledge in his field and wanted to invest in others by doing a youtube channel, but due to his nature of work and travel to sensitive areas, he should not keep himself too 'visible'..

can you give suggestion how this can be done? (keeping yourself as anonymous as possible, yet able to do weekly youtube 10 minute videos?)

thanks for any direction
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Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
Famous but invisible.

False/stage name for the account and not appearing personally in the videos, at least keep face out of the picture.
While using this account be careful to keep it separate from any other viewing or 'liking' or sharing, as all this activity is visible to other users and could lead to that account being associated with any other account, the linking you are trying to avoid.
Hello 25112 (a suitably anonymous name).

You said that your friend:  "wanted to invest in others by doing a youtube channel"

Can you explain what you mean by that?  Is he or she expecting quite a lot of viewers and followers on YouTube, and a lot of question and answer comments?

As you know, when you set up a YouTube channel it automatically creates a Google Plus account.  If you use a GMail email address as your login, then even more things can be linked together.

The best idea is to create a completely new email account with false name, location, etc, and use it ONLY for YouTube login.  Even then, there are tell-tale traces that a determined person could use to link the channel with a real person.

The way we type comments and video descriptions can be revealing.  The grammar, language dialects, repeated spelling mistakes, unusual use of punctuation or text adornments, and general manner of typing, can often be recognised.  There have been instances where people who have been banned from Experts-Exchange have reappeared with a false identity, but other users have been able to figure out who is behind the fake identity because of the way they write.

I generally know whether a British or American person has written a comment on Experts Exchange because Americans use "...ize" and British usually use "...ise".  British people use "...our" in words (eg. colour), whereas Americans use "...or" (eg. color).  Somebody talking about "cookies" rather than "biscuits" is usually American, and if I saw the expression "weed whacker" instead of "grass strimmer", then I know an American has written it.  There are a lot of regional variations in all the different languages throughout the world which can help identify where the writer is from.  If Ors-Ankh-Aten changed his user name, then I may still recognise his style of typing.  He tends to use single quotes around words (probably because it is easier on a smart phone).  he very rarely makes spelling mistakes other than autocorrect smartphone errors, and usually punctuates sentences well.  In his comment above he hasn't used any perticularly identifiable typing traits, but if he were to post a few more he might easily tell us if he is British or not.

Somebody might regularly upload videos at a certain time of day or night, or answer comments at certain times.  This can often be an indication of whether the person is in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, and can even be an indication of what time zone they are in, or if they work at night or during the day.  If I post a video that I say was taken outdoors 2 hours ago and it is daylight in the video, then this fact can help in determining where somebody is located.  I am in the UK. If I am off work and happen to be on here in the very early hours of the morning, I often see experts from the East coast of the USA (5 hours behind me) beginning to comment during the time after their dinner and before bed time.  I will see those in the West of the USA appearing 3 hours after that.

Posting videos to most social media website using a smartphone can often give the location away unless the settings have been changed so that the site doesn't display the location.  Videos and photos can contain hidden data that might still be visible using even non-specialist software, and this metadata could contain very accurate coordinates revealing where the photo or video was taken or recorded.  Needless to say, anything that appears in the background of a photo or video can be searched for on image comparison sites or even Google Maps and Street View.

The choice of music in a video can even be a pointer to help identify somebody, but only usually if the person trying to figure out the person's identity knows that person quite well and already has a suspicion of who is behind the identity.

There is also the issue of YouTube changing its user settings at any time.  Even if you go through all of the privacy settings for a new account before uploading any videos, there is nothing to stop YouTube changing those settings before more videos are uploaded and certain details could be accidentally revealed.

It is very hard to remain absolutely anonymous online while still being active, and if the video content has any connection with the sensitivity of the job that your friend has, then I don't think it is a good idea.  If this is simply a case of wanting a personal YouTube channel that does not show any obvious link to the person's line of work or employer, then it should be possible if great care is taken at all times.
Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
It is very easy to slip up when using a false account and name, one tired day or a moment of excitement could have you posting something that directly relates to another ID.
One way to help avoid this would be to keep two devices for Internet access and use one of them exclusively for the YouTube account. Use the other device for normal or work related issues. If you're using the "YouTube account" device (Hi Bill!), then don't do any searching or watching other videos or uploads as these remain in the history and can be seen. Keep the "normal use" device for all the music search and other activities.
Use the "YouTube account" device for accessing the secret identity email and Facebook accounts and for nothing else. Logging out of the account will give you similar protection but not from yourself. It only takes one day and one time to forget which account you have logged into and view one of your own uploads from the other account to create a link between the two. Once done it cannot be erased and you will just wait until someone discovers it. If you are worrying about job security and problems in foreign countries the idea of sharing this information might be best avoided.
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Very good point about using separate devices to try and keep activities isolated from each other, and refraining from video searches that can show as "last viewed".

I don't use any of those fancy newfangled mobile devices for any Internet activity, but I know enough to realise that online accounts can be synchronised between devices, and could lead to issues.  Hmmm.  Robin used double-quotes and there are no autocorrect errors.  He must be using his desktop and not a silly smartphone.
Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
Shh, I'm in disguise, travelling in Cognito.
A smartphone likes to encourage you to sync your accounts but it isn't necessary. My suggestion was to lessen the chances of human error. It helps to keep the tasks more separate if you just have one device dedicated to the hidden account. One way that is fairly effective is using a different browser for the different activities,  even on the same device. You can come unstuck though when receiving a notification and following the link, it is not always obvious which user you are logged on as. I'm thinking specifically Facebook here as I do dabble with a couple of different accounts. One quick reply from the wrong account can give it all away.
Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2ndCommented:
A more separate way would be to have a friend run the hidden accounts for you. You would need to trust their integrity and their ability not to mention you anywhere or tag you in any shared postings.

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25112Author Commented:
very excellent ideas, indeed- thanks much!
Thank you 25112.  You have been dealing with the two most talented experts on this site ;-)
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