Reno - 6:27 pm on Aug 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook.
The "young" will need to be taught at a very early age to change their identities prior to adding their voice to online social networks. That may save them from the considerable problems that await if the current trends continue. Take on at least one false identity and stick with it until common sense overtakes youthful indiscretions. Make these phantoms their avatars, the mythic heroes that lives in their imaginations. Otherwise, their true online records will become part of the so-called "permanent record", and the occasional stains will never wash off.
A very sad lesson, but there it is.
Oh, and hope & pray that Mr Schmidt, in his zeal to give people what they want, will not feel the need to notify prospective employers that "Gertrude Widget" is in actuality "Wilfred Gidget".