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Google+ Bans Pseudonyms
Posted By Minda Zetlin On July 18, 2011 @ 4:22 pm In Blogging and Social Media,Internet and Online Business | 1 Comment
“By providing your common name, you will be assisting all people you know–friends, family members, classmates, co-workers, and other acquaintances–in finding and creating a connection with the the right person online.” This is how Katie Watson, a Google representative, explained  the company’s decision to disallow Google+ users from registering accounts under anything other than their real names, though they’re welcome to add “other names.” So, for instance, the hacker Geohot  would have to register under his real name George Holtz, though he’d be welcome to add his better-known handle as an extra.
That’s fine for Second Life denizens, pro wrestlers, and anyone else who wants to be recognized by a nickname. But what about political dissidents? Witness protection program members? Domestic violence victims?
The company that doesn’t want to be evil may have a struggle figuring out the right thing to do. Read more at CNET .
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 explained: http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2011/07/google-profiles-pseudonym-avatar-names-suspension-policy.html
 Geohot: http://technology.inc.com/2011/06/30/infamous-hacker-geohot-now-a-facebook-employee/
 CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20078671-264/google-faces-thorny-online-identity-issues/
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