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A brief aside about names and lack or multiplicity thereof

As a catchup, Google+ their first second attempt at social networking requires “real names” see section 13 however they define it as “use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you” which for many people is not the name on their ID or indeed they may have other reasons for wanting to partition up their activity online.

An interesting summary article on the whole idea is here: “Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power which reminded me of this excellent article about names and programs: Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names and got me looking into this (as initially I thought it was a few more isolated incidents, it seems to be a widespread bot rampage on Google+).

In other news the EFF makes A Case for Pseudonyms as do all these people at the My namei s me project, which has some more discussion about the kinds of people who get caught out by these policies.

There are also protests being mooted: IRL on Googles Lawn and a petition aiming to suggest that the whole policy is a PITA.

Somehow I’ve managed to avoid getting grief both on Google+ (where I don’t give them my legit-name-on-ID at all) and FB (who honestly don’t seem to apply their policy unless their in a bad mood based on things I’ve done changing the names of joke/roleplaying accounts) however it would appear that G+ are being more arsey about this than I first thought from reading articles, which worries me as eventually they’ll catch up with me I guess.

What’s everyone elses thoughts?