What will happen July 31st? Kara is not a "fake" account, I am real. I have a "real" life home and a "Second Life" home and live in both places and am on the internet almost daily for hours, I spend my money, support causes, and help others in various ways through this online activity as Kara who is a very real part of me. I am known to many as Kara. I don't cause Google or anyone else any real problems that I know of. I am Kara, hear me roar! I am real Google.Thanks
Read about it from Google here: http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/07/05/as-of-july-31st-all-google-profiles-will-be-public/ or direct link here: GoogleHere
Rumors abound and quite frankly I don't know what this means for me, as my blogger account is under g-mail, a Google profile account. I have to say this has me a bit worried and since I first read about it in New World Notes here: http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2011/07/google-profiles-pseudonym-avatar-names-suspension-policy.html direct link here: NewWorldNotesHere Hamlet Au, (or James Wagner if Google prefers) keeps us up to date. One Avatar's recent experience got me thinking, as his account was already recently suspended.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/16517314@N06/5915226844 direct link here: OpensourceblogsHere. The gist of the concern if you don't want to take the links is similar to the Facebook issue in that they want or will require the profiles to list "real" names and information but additional names or aliases can be added. Personally I like to keep my "real" life and my "Second Life" separate to all but my closest SL and RL friends. There are many reasons for and against each side of the argument here and I "get" them all, but I still think there needs to be some privacy protection here. One very good blog with great comments was done on the subject by Miso here: http://gomiso.blogspot.com/ direct link here: MisoHere. Another by Botgirl here:http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?client=tmpg&hl=en&langpair=sv%7Cen&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&u=http://extropiadasilva.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/botgirl-unreal-addendum/&usg=ALkJrhiVx6glXU1XTwaK1DyzhTmva6NnFg direct link here: BotgirlHere. If you look to the sidebar under blogs I follow my friend Divi just joined Facebook and talks a bit about this Google business as he made a FB "page" vs. the regular account to avoid being poof'd, with that no one can friend him and it has very limited functions. **sigh** What is this all coming to? I've actually waited a while to blog on this subject, as I just wasn't clear what if anything to worry about or do. I did lose some Facebook avatar friends to the FB poofing of seemingly random SL avatar accounts a couple of weeks ago for the apparent similar reason.
So here are some things I've scrounged up on the subject and my two cents worth. And God help me if I'm drawing Google attention to myself due to blogging the subject because really I'm juat a harmless nobody wanting to blog my fun here. I'd hate to lose my saved memories here on blogger. If people don’t like that my blog is under my Second Life name they don’t need to read it. I fully expect many people have no interest in second life, myself or any of this.. that is totally ok. Leave me and my SL identity in peace then. I am very sure some of my own relatives would have no interest in this blog … that’s ok and a good thing in some cases, they can find my real life stuff elsewhere. No one is forced to look here. Sure some people are using pseudonyms for public comments in other areas, but there are so many like myself.. many many people who are non-controversial using Google services. I guess that is not really their point but rather they want to be able to link everyone and connect them to all their information. Why is that necessary? We make up Google too.. don’t leave us out.
Some arguments for allowing online pseudonyms:
(not the same as fake names)
-So much for online security if "real" names are required… are movie stars or famous people going to stop utilizing social networks, Google or Facebook, in the anonyomity of their pseudonyms? Alternate names serve a purpose including online security, as most people don’t want to be stalked, harassed, etc. How about some security for whistle blowers, people exposing wrongdoings or expressing themselves in a way some zealots don’t appreciate that could allow them exposure to retaliation by "bad" people. YES there will always be bad people doing bad things but most likely the really bad ones are better able to disguise their fake identity to look like a real one anyway than the many normal people just using alternate names. What about all the many avatars who do bring a great deal of information, entertainment and business for Google and the economy via Internet experiences w/out a mean streak or intent at all? Does everyone want their relatives or grandchildren to eventually be able to track their every Internet move some day? I can't believe the majority of people using alternate profile names are misbehaving online and many using real names are misbehaving just like some with pseudonyms. I've seen some horrible comments by so called "real" names. Personally I have nothing to hide, but enjoy the anonymity of my SL av and so I have a RL and SL identifies. Both are very real to me and are me. My SL one just gets way more internet attention and that is great, my RL one is pretty normal and basically boring.
Read here many interesting comments about this and Kudos to SL CodeBastard Redgrave for the comment in this link: https://plus.google.com/106318111152683661692/posts/3UKv9qqT9mh direct link here: IdentityCommentsHere.
Other related info here: http://www.physorg.com/news66401288.html direct here: newshere. "Female-Name Chat Users Get 25 Times More Malicious Messages"
And from Wiki on Pseudonmyns:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonym direct link here: WikiHere.
"A pseudonym (literally, "false name") is a name that a person (or, sometimes, a group) assumes for a particular purpose and that differs from his or her original orthonym (or 'true name'). They include stage names, noms de plume, aliases, gamer identification, anagrams, Graecisms, Latinisations, mystifications, nicknames, and names or orders or popes.
Pseudonyms are often used to hide an individual's real identity, as with writers' pen names, graffiti artists' tags, resistance fighters' or terrorists' noms de guerre, and computer hackers' handles. Actors, musicians, and other performers sometimes use stage names, for example, to mask their ethnic backgrounds. Employers sometimes require employees to use assigned names to help sell products; for example, a company that does business mostly in one country but locates a call center in another country may require its employees to assume names common in the former country in an effort to draw a more positive or less negative reaction from current and/or prospective customers.
...In some cases, pseudonyms are adopted because they are part of a cultural or organizational tradition. This has been the case of devotional names used by members of some religious orders, and "cadre names" used by Communist party leaders such as Trotsky and Stalin.
...A collective name or collective pseudonym is one shared by two or more persons. This is sometimes used by the co-authors of a work, such as Ellery Queen, or Bourbaki.
…A pen name (or "nom de plume") is a pseudonym adopted by authors or their publishers, often to conceal their identity. One famous example of this is Samuel Clemens' writing under the pen name Mark Twain. A pen name may be used if a writer's real name is likely to be confused with the name of another writer or notable individual, or if their real name is deemed to be unsuitable. Authors who write in fiction and non-fiction, or in different genres, may use pen names to avoid confusing their readers, as in the case of mathematician Charles Dodgson, who wrote fantasy novels under the pen name Lewis Carroll. Some authors, such as Harold Robbins, use several noms de plume..
…Aliases, fictitious business names, and dummy corporations in criminal activityCriminals may use aliases, fictitious business names, and dummy corporations (corporate shells) to hide their identity, or to impersonate other persons or entities in order to commit fraud. Aliases and fictitious business names used for dummy corporations may become so complex, that in the words of the Washington Post newspaper, "getting to the truth requires a walk down a bizarre labyrinth", and multiple government agencies may become involved to uncover the truth.
...Individuals using a computer online may adopt or be required to use a form of pseudonym known as a "handle", "user name", "login name", "avatar", or, sometimes, "screen name" or "nickname" (or "nick"). On the Internet, pseudonymous remailers utilise cryptography that achieves persistent pseudonymity, so that two-way communication can be achieved, and reputations can be established, without linking physical identities to their respective pseudonyms. Aliasing is the use of multiple names for the same data location.
...More sophisticated cryptographic systems, such as Anonymous Digital credentials, enable users to communicate pseudonymously (i.e., by identifying themselves by means of pseudonyms). In well-defined abuse cases, a designated authority may be able to revoke the pseudonyms and reveal the individuals' real identity.
...Establishment of identityThe patrilineal and matrilineal practices of assigning names to offspring for the purpose of tracing ancestry or determining inheritance and other relationships may be giving way to a 21st century preference for self-assigned or quality-assigned names as replacements for birth given names. A common practice of many indigenous peoples was to assign a clan or shamanic name to members in puberty and post-puberty rituals. It is becoming more common for modern authors and others to elect to take names better suited to their own tastes, characters, or other aspects of personal description or preference. "In most legal systems, a name assumed for a non-fraudulent purpose is a legal name and usable as the person's true name...". This is quite distinct from, though not exclusive of, employing a pseudonym for the purpose of concealment.
...Musicians and singers can use pseudonyms to allow artists to collaborate with artists on other labels while avoiding the need to gain permission from their own labels, such as the artist Jerry Samuels, who made songs under Napoleon XIV. Rock singer-guitarist George Harrison, for example, played guitar on Cream's song "Badge" using a pseudonym. Another member from The Beatles was Ringo Starr, the drummer, whose real name is Richard Starkey. In classical music, some record companies issued recordings under a nom de disque
...Noms de guerre
...writing to agony columns in newspapers and magazines may use pseudonyms
...Stage namesMain article: Stage name
 Film, theatre, and related activities
...In many cultures, people go by several different nicknames over the course of their lives, to reflect important parts of their lives. In some cases, a rite of passage or puberty marks the transition from a "milk name" to an adult name. Enrollment in school is another occasion where a child's formal or legal name would begin to be used.
...Famous pseudonyms of people who were neither authors nor actors include the architect Le Corbusier (né Charles Édouard Jeanneret); and the statistician Student (né William Sealey Gosset), discoverer of Student's t-distribution in statistics (the latter's employer prohibited publication by employees to prevent trade secrets being revealed.)" Wiki information at above link.
That's about it... I guess we'll see.