rlange - 2:18 pm on Aug 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
To webmasters: Eric forgot an important lesson, that's to let the users define your product and tailor it to THEIR desires, not yours. Imagine Myspace had they not allowed users to hack templates... You'd have a Bebo or a Classmates on your hands.
Facebook seems to have done exceptionally well without the ability to customize the look of your profile.
P.S. I hope that the VERY FIRST person to get stalked, raped or murdered because their real information fell into the hands of a criminal causes a massive privacy lawsuit against Google. It's apparently going to be needed to get the privacy is paramount message across.
I think your local phone book is far more prone to this sort of lawsuit. Besides, does Google also require your home address before giving you a Google+ profile?
Let's be honest here, folks... Your name alone does not uniquely identify you. You're not that special.