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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 08:17 AM
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GOOGLE+. Why discussions about "real names" are out-of-date
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When Google rolled out Google+ and made the decision to kick out every user pseudonym, even names that looked like false identities, claiming their new real name policy, it seems they opened a kind of Pandoras Box.

What is odd in this story is that the situation is not totally new: Google already opened the box last year, in a talk by Eric Schmidt, but at that time, Google didnt run a social network (unless you consider Google Buzz a social network) and very few people thought they would ever succeed in the social environment. Now they areor at least theyre on their way with Google+.

By the way, Google is not the first to have a real name policy : Facebook was there first. But maybe Facebooks users are younger, and maybe giving your real name looks more natural when youre on Facebook. You use Facebook to find friends and stay in touch with people you know, so anonymity makes no sense on this side of the social network. Its the same with Twitter, where more than 70% of newcomers last year gave their real names for their account. Of course, Twitter never deleted false names, but we cant deny that tendency: false names are out-of-date.

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So, yes, the question of real names is outdated. The real question should be: now that Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have become public spaces where people can meet to share or to protest, is there a danger in housing theses public places in the exclusive hands of private companies? If Internet is a new country, then who will protect freedom in its public places ?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/benoitraphael/2011/08/18/go...

Ad spam king Google wants to reveal your identity, to the authorities and fellow corporations, no matter the consequences.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/firewall/2010/08/11/serious...


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