wheel - 6:28 pm on Aug 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
I can't understand why some on here are upset with his request. It is a simple request,use the site as intended, or don't use it at all.
Nobody's upset. We're saying we won't use it. Then we're predicting failure. Because while you and Eric Schmidt maybe don't think being anonymous online matters :), everyone else cares a whole bunch. The project is doomed from the outset.
Why do you think Google cares if you use your real name? Clearly the default everywhere else is anonymous. Google either has a principle they're trying to push, or it's for business reasons. I could care less about their principles (and that's not it anyway) and I have a serious disinterest in giving Google my name for their marketing efforts, or whoever they choose to sell my data to.
In terms of being upset, I bought an android phone. In order to use it (I find this out afterwards) I have to sign up for an account at Google's marketplace. And they want my gmail account. So now they can tie my phone useage into my gmail account. I don't want that - yet there it is. All they need is my credit card info if I decide to buy. yet that's not what they want. So I'm now a bit upset because I bought a product and now I'm forced to reveal private info to Google - and I really don't think it's any of their business.
Worse, they got my kid to sign up for a gmail account in order to log on. He did that prior to my catching it. No bid deal right, except that's data on him they'll have for the next 50 years, data they didn't need in order to provide the service.