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Google+ tinkers with their name policy

Emphasis on "tinkers"—they've made a change to their interface so you can display a third name (a "nickname") alongside your first-and-last-name, but you can't display the nickname by itself, so you can't be pseudonymous.

There's a long discussion of it here.

There are a number of comments by the author of the original post, Yonatan Zunger, a chief architect at Google, that make me bang my head on the desk repeatedly. I can't figure out a way to link to the comments directly, but here's one that particularly caused head-banging:
We thought this was going to be a huge deal: that people would behave very differently when they were and weren't going by their real names. After watching the system for a while, we realized that this was not, in fact, the case. (And in particular, bastards are still bastards under their own names.
DUH!!!


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cassidyrose
Jan. 24th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
On other news, the sun is hot.

Yeah, total head-banging territory there.
hitchhiker
Jan. 25th, 2012 09:29 am (UTC)
not like the entire internet hadn't told them that already!!! that said, at least their "social networks built around names and social networks built around handles" thing is clear and inoffensive enough.
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