The kind of naming policy that Facebook and Google Plus have is actually a radical departure from the way identity and speech interact in the real world. They attach identity more strongly to every act of online speech than almost any real world situation does.


My current experience is that pseudonymity works pretty well, especially if you can see how old each pseudonym is. The author also assumes people won't behave like dicks if using their legal name, but experience shows otherwise.

posted by NotPhil: 1572 days ago