Ryan Estrada made this image and shared it on Google+.
Kee Hinckley commented: “The irony of hating obviously fake names (which is basically what Google’s policy is attempting to police) is that you are encouraging people to lie about who they are, and encouraging them to create throwaway accounts instead of having a persistent identity with a reputation that they care about.”
If someone is created a brand for himself, why should anyone, person or company, care if that brand “sounds realistic” or not? I mean, Mark Twain? That’s like calling yourself Dow Jones…just because we’re used to thinking of it as a name today doesn’t make it “realistic.”
I note that Google+ seems to be OK with Lady Gaga going by Lady Gaga. Presumably they’d be OK with Christopher George Latore Wallace going by The Notorious B.I.G. (although if someone’s posting as him today, there’s another issue with veracity). So if everyone knows me as Raq Winchester, even if that’s not on my photo ID, we should be cool, yeah?
There are cultural issues, also. I had to be “officially male” in Malaysia once (long story, women can’t pay taxes or sign for rebates), and the guy said “It’s not like anyone will know – I mean “Rachel” could totally be a guy’s name.”