This morning the topic of G+ and real names was buzzing because of Eric Smidth’s statement:
If You Don’t Want To Use Your Real Name, Don’t Use Google+
It’s funny that I read that article this morning because it directly relates to the book review I had just written about “The myths of innovation”. If you read that article, you’ll see that I was reporting my breakthrough about “good” and “bad” technology. I had found that “good” or “bad” technology happens because of users’ actions, and you can’t prevent users from using badly a technology because you can’t control users’ intentions. No application can filter its users according to their intentions (no application can read your mind, yet). Well, apparently I was wrong because that’s exactly what G+ name policy is trying to do. The article reports that Eric Smidth said:
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.
which implies that “using fake name” => “has bad intentions” => filter.
G+ is not a creative tool
For me G+ name policy just means that G+ is clearly not destined to be a creative tool. It’s rather meant to Continue reading
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