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'Nobody Uses Their Real Name' and Other Outdated Notions

"The idea that the internet is a place that’s separate from reality has faded. People generally have online identities that map to who they really are. Outside of a few legitimate edge cases and the occasional sci-fi fantasy, who we are online is simply who we are." True, true. Yet I still think there's a place for pseudonyms. I think most people forget that there are genuine reasons why some people don't want to be easily identified (describing them as 'edge cases' characterises them as being less common than I suspect they really are). And the case of Google+ is such an important one because of its integration with other services (e-mail, calendar, etc) that have little-to-nothing to do with identity as such. #link