[NetBehaviour] what is a name on Google+
mark.r.hancock at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 12:08:27 CEST 2011
At a Pecha Kucha talk a couple of weeks ago, someone summed it up nicely by reminding us that any form you fill in, is basically a marketing form and you are taking part in market research. I like this explanation. It frees you up to play with 'who' you are on the network. It also means that the only way you can claim back or even stake out a 'piece of land' is by owning your own land/web domain. There are problems of course, if you can't afford a private space. The trick, I think is to play with expectations.
But you are right, if you want to be known by a certain name, who is it that decides you should not have that one? xDxD.vs.xDxD is as good a name as any!
On 11 Aug 2011, at 10:53, xDxD.vs.xDxD wrote:
> Today i connected to Google+ and this attached image appeared.
> Here is the english translation of the text:
> It looks as if the name you used does not conform to our Rules on names.
> According to these rules, you need to use for your profile the same name you use in your real life. Possible nicknames, last names from when you were not married and so on are to be inserted in the Other Names section of your profile. For now only profiles associated to single individuals are permitted: profiles of companies and other entities will be introduced by the end of the year.
> You profile will be suspended until you change your name to adapt it to the Rules on Names: you will not be able to use all the functions of Google's services which require an active profile, such as Google+, Buzz, Reader and Picasa. You will be able to use other Google services, like GMail.
> We know that Google+ and its Rules on Names can create difficulties for some users. We hope that you will want to keep being one of us; if you feel like leaving, make sure to copy your information first, and then click here to leave Google+.
> And, below, a big blue button with "Change your Name" written across it.
> There are a few things which I find truly horrifying in this message, starting from the first sentence
> "It looks as if the name you used does not conform to our Rules on names."
> the idea of rules decided by someone on "what i can call myself", is truly horrible, and brings forth terrifying scenarios.
> And then:
> According to these rules, you need to use for your profile the same name you use in your real life.
> What? this is not "real life"? And what is "real life"? An office? A line at the post office? A policeman asking for your documents? And what if I live, work and study using this "Other Name"?
> And, by the way, how do you know what my "real name" is? Are you following me? Did you install cameras in my house? Did you talk to my friends about it? And what if I used a fantastic "John Smith" instead of "xDxD.vs.xDxD", would it be better, because it is a "regular" name? with a first and last name? like a proper, working, professional human being?
> You profile will be suspended until you change your name to adapt it to the Rules on Names
> well: byebye Google+
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