I'm seeing various discussions happening around G+ and in the tech blogosphere of why women might be less inclined to dive wholeheartedly into using new social networking tools. The following offers some insight, and I recommend it. Thanks, Mary.
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- People can and often are complete assholes under their legal names. It's what people write and how they write it that is persuasive. Liars under what looks like a real name often get outed, also.Jul 10, 2011
- ::points at Lisa:: Is Lisa less persuasive because that's not her real picture in the icon?Jul 10, 2011
- It's not? I always did want to sing Bruennhilde.Jul 10, 2011
- Like Miss Manners, I had all the qualifications to be an opera diva except the voice. (BTW, scaled-down I've always thought that photo read as Minnie Bruennhilde.)Jul 10, 2011
- : if given the choice between trusting something said online by "Amina Arraf" or something posted by "Gharlane of Eddore", take the latter one.
("Amina" was, of course, the "Syrian lesbian blogger" who turned out to be a white guy in Edinburgh; "Gharlane" was one of the best people ever to post on rec.arts.sf-lovers back in the great days of USENET. Both of them have entries on Wikipedia if you want more information.)
Pseudonyms are not the problem; bad behavior is the problem. Requiring "real names" just results in pseudonyms that look "real" (like "Amina") rather than ones that are memorable and can accumulate sterling reputations with others (like "Gharlane").
Or, to update the old New Yorker cartoon: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog...but everybody knows if you're an ass."Jul 10, 2011
- A. Spehr+2A mere +1 is not enough to agree with Randall Munroe here. Drawing that line between personal/private is hard, and circumstances change. You might not realize what line you should have drawn until it is too late. Example: sudden and rapid internet fame. Or my example: forced gradual merging of a 20-year-old net identity with my real name.
I can't go back and truly change what I made public over the years, even though I can attempt to redraw the line. There's a difference between telling something to your closest friends and an uncaring public, and telling it to acquaintances and a public that is suddenly paying attention and willing to quote you as a news source.Jul 10, 2011