After found out Google announced Google+ is an identity service instead of a social network site on Thursday’s seminar made me feel uncomfortable yet within my expectation. Google gives us an apple, we accepted happily; but after we ate the apple, Google told us the apple is actually just an orange wrapped with apple skin… It made me feel online users are merely just puppets controlled by online giants like Google.
Priit Kallas from Forbes has noted that Google+’s percentage dropped from 3% in the beginning of August to 1.8% by the end of August. Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt’s announcements about Google+ is an identity service has definitely put Google into a dangerous situation thus led to a significant fall in Internet traffic. Now the “Nymwars” is really start to sparkle and the public questions Google forcing users to use real name only because they want to sell their personal information for advertising.
However, to get into more details, with my previous blog taking a stance on Google’s co-operation with the Government. If Google+ is truly being served as an identity service, each user on Google+ may be watched by authorities. Google itself saying that by promoting users use their real names is to make online community more civilized and eliminate cyberbullying. This reminds me of having cameras in public space to prevent crimes, people’s activities are being ruled and limited by engineers and politicians to achieve their version of a utopian society.
” The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in online spaces are those who are most marginalized by systems of power. “Real names” policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people. These ideas and issues aren’t new, but what is new is that marginalized people are banding together and speaking out loudly. And thank goodness” – Internet pundit dahah boyd.
Winston Smith kept his diary secretly, but we get to speak up and challenge the Big Brother, it is only a matter of time to win over the “Nymwars”.