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OH PRAISE THE LAWD!!!!
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At long last. Google was seemingly going into a bit of an utopian vision of the Internet, where everybody shares everything and is nice to everybody else. No, people are still flesh and bone, they are still the same people you meet on the street, some good, some bad. Seems like the street outside their offices got a way into their heads, finally.

Some companies and some governments too don't understand the usefulness and outright necessity to have anonymity on the Internet. In your life you interact with a limited number of people, so it's easier to keep track of that part of your life compared to being voluntarily and involuntarily exposed to billions of people around the world and not being able to protect yourself conveniently in such a scenario where you don't know 99.99% of the people and where things can happen while you are off-line, or heck, even while being on-line and you don't even know. The emergence of nicknames on the Internet since it's beginning is a natural result of its scale, it's out of necessity really. Sure, there are lots of contradictions, and being anonymous goes both ways as there is the real danger for it to be abused, and it is abused, but in most cases it's not an issue, people who have a broadband contract, be it landline or mobile, the ISP knows who you are, so when it's important, the authorities have a way to know who you are and getting to know who is in your household that could have used the Internet isn't that far off either, but that's it, the principle is on a need to know basis given to the least amount of people / entities necessary, you shouldn't be forced to expose yourself to an astronomical number of people just because.

The same thing applies to the world in general. Writers sometimes use pseudonyms. Sometimes it's for pure creative freedom, but in others it's to protect themselves. We all know that people get lambasted even when they are doing everything legally. Someone always disagrees.
Edited by tpi2007 - 4/25/14 at 8:31am
 
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Figures they would start to catch on now, after I've migrated everything off of Google. I have no interest in being associated with any social networking site in any way, and I refuse to use my real name online. Now that I left Google behind though, I'm not sure I want to bother coming back.
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Figures they would start to catch on now, after I've migrated everything off of Google. I have no interest in being associated with any social networking site in any way, and I refuse to use my real name online. Now that I left Google behind though, I'm not sure I want to bother coming back.

There's always the original social network. People, outdoors, away from a screen. smile.gif
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There's always the original social network. People, outdoors, away from a screen. smile.gif

Yep, I agree, and I'm already pretty accessible. I have a phone/SMS, IRC, Jabber, email, and Steam, so I really don't feel the need to broadcast everything to a bunch of random people that I barely know. If someone wants to directly speak with me, there's plenty of options.
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CELEBRATE!!!!




For the last time Google, no I don't want to use my full name.
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CELEBRATE!!!!
For the last time Google, no I don't want to use my full name.

But you have such a pretty name, Mr.Ghost.

Mr Space Ghost Coast to Coast. :3
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Not sure about uproar. but when youtube started to insist that I should be using my google identity (instead of my 2006 account tied to a yahoo email address) in order to post video comments ,I simply stopped posting comments. So in my case, it backfired.

This.

And I think social networking sites shouldn't be a mandatory extension of any signup process or other service. Glad this has come to an end.
 
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What a super flop for them . It is very annoying to me, the way it ruined youtube ,and I accidently clicked on the +icon once or twice and didn't even know what I was looking at. That said ,I hate Facebook very very much also.Weening myself off Gmail too.Actually set up a Hotmail account again.Last time was like 1996 I think.
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As for the "real name' thing, I just changed my name in Gmail/G+ to David Davidson.
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