Google and the Beginning of the End of Online Anonymity
So as I was about to reply to a comment on one of my YouTube Videos and I was suddenly presented by a popup box from Google asking that I start using my Full Name for use on YouTube instead of my username. Thankfully I was able to say, “No” since I am known as ElitheComputerGuy on YouTube and not by my real name.
I’m not sure I have an opinion on this new option yet. Since I have a brand name that I am promoting I am against using my full name, but if I was an average person I don’t know how my viewpoint would fall.
One way or the other though it does appear that the major web companies are starting to make a concerted effort to eliminate anonymity online and be able to track everyone as real world users. I’m sure this will start numerous conversations and arguments for both sides. As a technologist I’m going to be keeping an eye on how this progresses because I know I will get a huge amount of questions from friends, family and fans alike.