Interesting article in today’s San Jose Mercury News: Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet — you, or the online service you’re using?
‘Nymwars’ debate over online identity
Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet
— you, or the online service you’re using? That simmering question, which
erupted with the launch of the new Google (GOOG)+ social network
this summer, rolled into a boil this week with two high-profile developments.
First, Facebook decided to enforce its “real names only” policy against internationally
known author Salman Rushdie, changing his page — without his consent — to the name
on his passport, Ahmed. Next, the Justice Department told
Congress that it needs the ability to prosecute people who provide false information to
websites with the intent to harm others, stirring fears across cyberspace that people
might be busted for lying about their weight and age on Match.com.
“After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names Policy.”
This from Google’s policy…
“Your common name is the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, any of these would be acceptable.”
Maybe Google should Bing it. Similar results on Google’s search site, too.