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Google+ was meant to be an identity service, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said this weekend, shedding some light on Google’s reasoning behind Google+’s controversial real-name policy.
Paraphrasing Schmidt’s comments, Carvin wrote that the Google exec also said the Internet “would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward.”
Eric Schmidt: If You Don’t Want To Use Your Real Name, Don’t Use Google+
Imagine Myspace had they not allowed users to hack templates... You'd have a Bebo or a Classmates on your hands.
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.
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.
Google: Look, we're gonna give you this and that and those, and all you have to do is fill out this form and tell us everything we want to know about you, and here's some Angry Birds, and we bought another company just so we can give you...see here? *Shiny* !
Us: Wow, thanks, looks interesting, but I'm okay with what I'm doing and what I have now.
Google: But you should be GRATEFUL! It's FREE and all your friends are using it, and we're cleaning up the web and making you safe, and if you use it too, we might de-Pandalize your website or we might not, but do you really want to risk it? and by the way can we have your phone number and your dog's name too?
Us: Um, don't stand so close to me.
Let's be honest here, folks... Your name alone does not uniquely identify you. You're not that special.
It's been shown that your search history alone can be enough to uniquely identify you.
Someone with my name alone would absolutely be able to pin down exactly who I am, where I live, and thanks to Google streetview, what's in my garage.
In fact, simply knowing my main site would divulge this information.