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Seebs
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1/31/2012 | 10:05:10 PM
re: Google+ Name Policy Leaves Users Unsatisfied
<-- seebs

I guess I just wanna be clear on this: If I'm out in public, and someone says "Peter", I don't look up. I am aware that the name denotes me, but it's not what I answer to, any more than I answer to my street address or bank account number.

I think the Google people are mistaken about the role of names and handles. The distinction they're talking about isn't "name" vs. "handle". It's whether or not you identify with the designator. If you identify as Mary Smith, and not as captaincrunch42, then you'll behave more-like-people under the designator "Mary Smith", sure. But if you identify more as deadmau5 than as Joel Zimmerman, you'll behave more-like-people under the designator "deadmau5".

Me? I identify as "seebs". That's the only designator I really care about. I really don't care what you think of that "Peter Seebach" guy, he only exists so I can pay taxes. (... come to think of it, maybe I don't need him.)
bblackmoor
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1/31/2012 | 8:13:22 PM
re: Google+ Name Policy Leaves Users Unsatisfied
"Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of product, said 'we've listened closely to community feedback on our names policy'..."

Oh, sure, they listened. Then they ignored what they heard.


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