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This is the only answer I could find. Is this limited to just seeing the real name?

https://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5051975802

Also, why do my friends keep asking for my realid? Are there any added benefits?

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That answer is pretty much it yes - the major difference between Battle Tag and Real ID is that giving out your Battle Tag is not exposing the email address that you have associated with your Battle.net account.

When Real ID was first implemented a lot of people complained that in order for people to add them to their friends list, they had to give out their Battle.net username (email address), which was a potential security risk.

Blizzard's answer to this issue was the implementation of Battle Tag, which is a name that you choose with a randomly generated number on it (ie: YourName#1993) which you can then give out to allow people to add you to their Battle.net friend's list without exposing your email address to them.

In addition to this, as pointed out in the article you have linked, people added to your friends list with their Battle Tag will only show their Battle Tag, instead of showing the name they have associated with their Battle.net account.

The reason people ask for your Real ID still is probably out of habit, or due to them being unaware that Battle Tag is the same thing but with better privacy - remember that giving out your Real ID means you're giving out the username to your Battle.net account.

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Actually, RealID is still a much better solution to real life friends, as having their name in your friends list is so much easier than a "handle". –  Resorath Jun 25 '12 at 21:01
    
@Resorath Absolutely agree when you're talking about people you actually know and trust in real life, but for everybody else you're generally safer giving them the Battle Tag. –  kalina Jun 25 '12 at 21:02
    
actually i was confused because he already added me as a friend before and now he's asking for my realid. so was wondering if there was any other thing besides that. –  corroded Jun 26 '12 at 0:53
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@corroded if he's already added you with BattleTag and is on your friend's list then there should be no need to add you via Real ID - remember that giving out your Real ID means you're giving out the username to your Battle.net account. –  kalina Jun 26 '12 at 0:56
    
thanks for that reminder. he's a college friend though and i doubt he'll be hacking me, but thanks for the warning. it would be good for future reference for other people :) maybe you can add it to your answer? thanks again! –  corroded Jun 26 '12 at 5:20

actually i was confused because he already added me as a friend before and now he's asking for my realid. so was wondering if there was any other thing besides that

@corroded if he's already added you with BattleTag and is on your friend's list then there should be no need to add you via Real ID - remember that giving out your Real ID means you're giving out the username to your Battle.net account. – pixel Jun 26 at 0:56

However, if he added your character as a friend, and doesn't know about BattleTags, then he might be asking you for your RealID out of ignorance of how things work 'these days'.

What it comes down to, is give him your BattleTag. If that doesn't work for him, ask for his. :) If that works for you, then, something's up...either he's not using it right, or he's trying to get your email address/username for your acct.

But remember, security by obscurity doesn't last and isn't reliable.

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Well, you have to remember that real ID is the only thing that works cross games maybe he plays more than just wow or d2 or sc2 or what you guys are playing, if he just add your battletag you wont be able to see eachother cross-game :)

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Actually, you will; I added several people via battletag, and I can see them when they're playing WoW, and I'm playing D3. –  Frank Sep 18 '12 at 23:40

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