Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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A brief thought on why Google are insisting on real names for Google Plus

I don't actually think this is an evilness thing. I think they've noticed that Facebook is the only social site used by _everyone_ and is also the only site which insists on real names*. Therefore, they believe, that the only way to get non-geeks to use a social networking site is to make it about real people, using their real names.

After all, my father isn't going to add FluffyHairedGoth72, but he will add Andrew Ducker. So if Google want him on their service then they will have to make me use my real name**.

*Yes, I know lots of people use fake names, that's not really the point.
**Yes, I use my real name anyway, but I'm decidedly unusual in that respect.
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