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Jul 23 2011

Any sufficiently large social network based solely on real-names becomes unusable.

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I’ve done another round with Google PR, because what they told me last time didn’t make a whole lot of sense with what Google was doing with Google Plus/Profiles users at that time. What they told me now makes even less sense, because things are increasingly weird, and Google is giving me the same line.

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So, why is Google pushing so hard for your wallet name on Google Plus and Google Profiles? Some say that it’s because of “Marketers and Advertisers”. Horse feathers! I don’t even know who started that notion. They don’t care about the name in your wallet, whether you dress up in latex or pretend to be a fairy princess. Long as you’re clicking and buying, nobody cares who you are.

Alternatively, you could easily point to Orkut and say “Look at that. It became a polluted mess – a disaster – in just months. Nobody wants that again.” Indeed, nobody does, but this method isn’t a workable way to avoid it, and Google would already know that.

No, this is about pants. Metaphorical pants, leastways.

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I wrote this on Google+, but I’ll repost it here.

Here’s an amusing irony about the ‘real-names’ versus pseudonyms debate. Many ‘real-namers’ object to the existence of pseudonymous profiles on the basis that it gives the pseudonymous free run to ‘act like jerks’ and that this would not happen if they were forced to use their real names.

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