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Drummond Reed
Internet entrepreneur in digital identity, personal data, & trust frameworks
Internet entrepreneur in digital identity, personal data, & trust frameworks

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Seth hits the nail on the head here. The declining signal-to-noise ratio is a fundamental problem that the Respect Network, starting with our Connect.Me socially-verified reputation service, is aimed at solving.

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+JP Rangaswami is predicting exactly where VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) is going to take things starting in 2012. Just watch.

BTW, credit for my new G+ personal profile photo (which I needed to change so people could quickly visually separate my personal and Connect.Me G+ accounts) goes to +Craig Burton who shot and retouched it at the 2010 Kynetx Impact conference. Thanks Craig!

Wow, trial by fire trying to do real-world account management on G+. Just set up: a) a separate G+ account for my Connect.Me Google Apps account (vs. this G+ account for my personal Gmail), and b) a G+ business page for Connect.Me (which, if you want to add it to your circles, do a search and choose the Connect.Me WITHOUT the green circle as the logo - that was our first experiment that didn't work because G+ biz pages do not support multiple admins for the account yet).

Unfortunately Google offers no help/guidance for creating and linking these contextual separations (which, BTW, are impossible to manage at the Circles level).

Anyone else going through this kind of G+ account management agony?

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This amazes me, and shows just how long a shadow Steve Jobs really cast. Thanks for the post, Chris.

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Kevin Marks also shared this post but I'm resharing because it's so good. See also the Connect.Me blog post called "Real Names Are Not Real Trust" (just Google that phrase - G+ doesn't let you insert more than one link in a post).
What's in a name? Don't worry, Google+ will tell you.

The Internet: Wow! Google launched a new social media service! Yay!

Google+: Yes, we're just in time to save you from Facebook's privacy violations and Twitter's treacherous shortness. Look, you can assign different people to different "circles" and then, when you post stuff, you can control which of your social circles gets to see what! Isn't that cool and way more non-evil than Facebook?

The Internet: It really is! Thank you, Google! Um, what's this Profile thing?

Google+: To use Google Plus, you have to create a Google Profile so we can connect all your Google stuff together in a not-at-all creepy way. No big, you can choose how much of your private information other people can see.

The Internet: Thank you, Google! …Wait a minute. We have to provide our real names?

Google+: Yes! This is a social network and we want the name that you commonly go by in daily life, so it's easier for people to find you.

The Internet: What if our real names aren't the ones we commonly go by?

Google+: No problem! There are little fields for nicknames and others names, just use those.

The Internet: And those will be displayed instead of our real names?

Google+: Of course not. Your real name will show up anyway.

The Internet: But I want my non-real name to be the one displayed!

Google+: So use it! But keep in mind that it's a violation of our TOS, and if it gets flagged your account will be immediately suspended without warning, and oh by the way that might also affect your access to other Google products so it's a good thing you don't use any of those.

The Internet: How would it get flagged?

Google+: By someone flagging it. Anyone, really. Or if you make a change to your name in your profile and it doesn't look right.

The Internet: What kind of name wouldn't look right?

Google+: Any name that doesn't fit in a one-first-name/one-last-name style or just sounds, you know, weird.

The Internet: Huh. Who decides if a name sounds weird?

Google+: An ill-trained and overworked Google employee with a book of English baby names. His name is Nick, you'd like him. But it's not a big deal, really. We want everyone to feel comfortable joining us!

People who fear stalkers, sexual predators, abusive exes, criminals they've arrested, violent bigots, or others who might do them physical harm: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

People who fear reprisals from family, friends, and/or employers over controversial religious, political, or sexual opinions: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

People who fear harassment, arrest, or death from oppressive regimes for political dissidence: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

People who have already built up a substantial following and reputation with a pseudonym, pen name, stage name, avatar or entertainment personna: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

Women who have a more pleasant online experience when they're not being hit on all the time: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

Teenagers whose parents don't want them using real names online to avoid being targeted by pedophiles: Can we use fake names?

Google+: No.

People in and outside the U.S. with names that do not fit in the first name, last name format: Can we use our actual names?

Google+: No.

People with real, legal names that just sound weird: Can we use our real names?

Google+: Almost probably!

+Lady Gaga, +Snoop Dogg, +Soulja Boy, +50 Cent: Can we use fake names?

Google+: Of course! We want everyone to feel comfortable joining us!

The Internet: How do we prove our name is actually our name?

Google+: Nothing could be simpler! Just provide a government-issued ID and we might very well believe you!

People without ID depicting the name they want, people in countries where electronically transmitting an ID is illegal, and people who simply don't want to share ID with an online service without guarantee if how and how long it will be stored: Any other ways?

Google+: Yeah, whatever, give us a link to your Facebook page or something.

The Internet: But couldn't people just make up whatever fake name they wanted as long as it sounded like a normal North American white Anglo-Saxon name and you wouldn't care?

Google+: Probably. The point is, the system works.

The Internet: Couldn't you just require our real names to sign up, but let us choose what names are displayed? You could even let us choose which identities would be displayed to individual circles, which would make Google+ an even more amazing and useful social network.

Google+: Sorry, what? We were busy telling our advertisers about the incredibly targeted information we can provide. But hey, thanks for commenting. Google wants to hear your feedback. As long as we like your name.

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New video explaining Connect.Me and the Respect Trust Framework (which won the Privacy Award at the European Identity Conference in May). If you like it, please consider voting for us in the Sibos Innotribe startup competition (voting ends midnight Pacific on Sunday). See the link at

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Any parent will both laugh and cry at +Chuck Wendig's post. +Christopher Carfi is dead on: I'm making Chuck regular reading.
If all-y'all are not reading +Chuck Wendig, get on it, yo.

And, Chuck, I would guess you may be already familiar with this tune, but including it here just in case. (My favorite BNL song; rocketed to the top of the list by fitting the word "fontanelle" into a rock tune. Wacky Canadians...)

When You Dream

With life just begun, my sleeping new son
Has eyes that roll back in his head
They flutter and dart, he slows down his heart
And pictures a world past his bed
It's hard to believe, as I watch you breathe
Your mind drifts and weaves

When you dream
What do you dream about?
When you dream
What do you dream about?
Do you dream about music or mathematics
Or planets too far for the eye?
Do you dream about Jesus or quantum mechanics
Or angels who sing lullabies?

His fontanelle pulses with lives that he's lived
With memories he'll learn to ignore
And when it is closed, he already knows
He's forgotten all he knew before
But when sleep sets in
History begins
But the future will win

When you dream
What do you dream about?
When you dream
What do you dream about?
Are they color or black and white, Yiddish or English
Or languages not yet conceived?
Are they silent or boisterous?
Do you hear noises just loud enough to be perceived?
Do you hear Del Shannon's 'Runaway' playing
On transistor radio waves?
With so little experience your mind not yet cognizant
Are you wise beyond your few days?

When you dream
What do you dream about?

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Great graphic - brings the debt issue home in a big way.
People need to wake up...

$114.5 trillion = the amount in unsecured debts that the US owes. To put this in perspective the image below is a to-scale model of this debt against some famous NY structures. The tallest 'building'...that's the to-scale size of our debt, using $100 bills. From
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