1) The act of assuming an alternate (usually fake) online persona or identity and/or representing yourself as that alternate identity through email, chat, or text messaging communications. Most commonly observed in chat rooms and in singles ads for amusement or gathering attention.
2) Using a keyboard & the internet to pretend to be someone other than what you are, for whatever purpose.
3) Cross-typing is a bit like cross-dressing
, with a keyboard instead of clothes (without the gender identity issues).
4) similar to phishing
but done for attention, distraction or photo farming
Bubba, the 55 year old trucker from Wisconsin, relished the online attention he got cross-typing as a 22 year old model from L.A.