tangor - 3:33 am on Aug 31, 2011 (gmt 0)
Another reason why "anon" is a good idea...
Open...and Shut The technology world loves to navel-gaze and think it's constantly breaking new ground, but as in the case of the recent debate over real names and anonymity on Google+, technology often plods over well-trodden ground.
For example, if you dropped one of the American republic's "founding fathers" into the midst of the Google+ brouhaha, he'd feel right at home. Unfortunately.
Let me explain. In case you missed it, Google has been under fire for its policy requiring that people use their real names on its Google+ social networking service.
There are plenty of good reasons to use pseudonyms, as others have pointed out, but because Google intends Google+ to be an identity service, all of these reasons take a back seat to establishing a credible online identity.