mhansen - 8:27 pm on Aug 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
What I see is quite a few people looking at this from the angle that we are all Webmasters, and should care less about providing Google more info about us. We are also people with private lives... who may prefer NOT to share our personal information with Google or at least exercise OUR choice of WHO we choose to share it with.
Google is saying: "Use your real name, or don't use our service at all". Which is perfectly fine, I chose not to use the service and will also share my emphatic reasons with my friends and family as to why.
Many of those reasons ARE DIRECTLY related to what I have learned about Google from being a Webmaster over the past many years, and seeing how Google bowls over whatever they choose, and claims no evil in the interest of their customers.
How long before Google treats people like websites and starts running us through an algo to determine good and bad people?
Where does it end?