Great to see +Robert Scoble receiving so much push-back on this issue.

I may have to refine my opinion that this is a minority issue and that the majority strongly support the real names policy. From what I see it's a pretty popular with male geeks from Silicon Valley (though not universally).

Opinion is otherwise very divided.

Robert continues to refuse to see a distinction between anonymous trolls and people who choose to interact with the internet pseudonymously. Wishing these people away ain't gonna work for Google.

Yes, it's true that Facebook enforces a real name policy but it's also worth remembering that most people share on Facebook because they are under the (false) impression that Facebook protects their privacy.

This should be an obvious lesson for Google and it's desire to build privacy into its network. Google+ is a public network and people share a lot of stuff here publicly. A real name policy will only work if there are no public posts and no public profiles.


"Oh, boy. Which is worse? Chinese censorship or Google's? The Chinese are going nuts about this issue, by the way. Thanks to one of the top Chinese bloggers, +Isaac Mao for pointing this problem out to me (Isaac, can you translate some of these posts for us English-only speakers?)

Google really needs to rethink its "harmonization" policies.

And, yes, I'm one of those who likes real names here.

While playing with the kids this afternoon I was thinking about why I like real names. It's because I use social networks to try to make connections with real people.

The best experiences I've had are when I meet someone online and then meet them in real life like at SXSW. That's my #1 goal when using social networks.

So, when people try to hide their real identities, then I can't meet up with them in the real world, and/or they need to hide from me. Makes these things a lot less fun.
Add into that the negative effects online from anonymous folks (I've been doing online communities since 1985 and seen so many negative examples of anonymity destroying communities) and it just bugs me."
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