Kim, and I too found it amusing, but at times I can't help myself, no criticism was intended. The K sisters I get but like Nicole anytime Katy is mentioned I find myself hoping Wikipedia might help me.
Katy Perry is infinitely risible. I shall not tire of mocking her soon. Of course, the real point - which I sought to make in the brief discussion of supposed "real names" (I am not a celebrity, after all) - is that Google and Facebook need to approach this issue with the understanding that most people don't have one "real" - let alone "legal" - name.
Celebrities illustrate the issue in a way I find amusing.
Kim, in essence I agree with what you have said. However my eyes begin to glaze over when it appears the people most effected by this policy are celebrities. TMZ for 30 minutes a day is quite enough of a guilty pleasure for me. And O by the way how many times have you mentioned Katy Perry in your blogs, quite a few I maintain. Wassup with that?
Great points, Kim. It's both amusing and annoying to watch these social networking companies try to enforce these rules. It just doesn't make sense. The Internet was not built to verify people's identities, and the idea that Facebook or Google thinks itself capable of determining whether someone is using his/her real name is just stupid. Beyond that, as you say, are they really trying to get people to use the names they were given at birth? That just can't apply for everyone. Facebook and Google are the ones who come out looking sheepish here.
Facebook's "Improved Friends Lists" are rolling out, but they're very different from Google+ Circles. The latter are like private labels; you're the only one who sees them. The former are like rooms you can invite visitors to, where they see you and each other. Google's approach is better.
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