Who are you?

Social Media cares... about itself

On Nov 15, The New York Times published a story about Facebook forcing Salman Rushdie to use his real name — Ahhmed — on his profile, even as he is commonly known as Salman. Facebook makes the argument that forcing people to use their real identities creates a more civil discourse on the Internet.

Bull crap.

Google and Facebook want you to use your real name because they want to sell you to merchants who buy their ads. Merchants can’t and won’t buy anonymous or aliased users. Facebook and Google have no interest in policing good behavior on the Internet, but they know the real argument for your real identity won’t be picked up by technologists.

In fact, the parrots are already squawking the “civil discourse” talking points without any proof that it is true.

When companies and governments justify their actions with “for your security” or “for your convenience,” start clutching your wallet.

Follow the money, folks.

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About Rufus Dogg

I'm a dog who writes a blog. It is not a pet blog. It is a real blog that talks about real ideas. No, really. I do my own writing, but I have a really, really cool editor who overlooks the fact that I can't really hit the space-bar key cause I don't have thumbs. I talk about everything from politics to social issues to just rambling about local problems. And, sometimes I just talk about nothing in particular. Google+
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3 Responses to Who are you?

  1. James Dibben says:


    Is this how you come up with blog posts? You say something clever on twitter and then make a post where you can use it?

    (good advice btw)

  2. Rufus Dogg says:

    The two are sometimes not unrelated, but most of the time, a topic gets a couple of tweets and it fizzles. Sometimes, though, a few tweets lead to a post. But not very often… usually goes the other way.

    This post was inspired entirely by Christopher Wolf’s parrot talk in the Letters to the Editor in the Times this morning

  3. James Dibben says:

    Well, I do see the value in users using real names for social media.

    I am with you. I do not believe their motives are altruistic either.