Naming the Nameless: Google’s Quest to Deal in Real Names

Anonymity has always been a staple of the internet. But Google would like to change that. In October it was announced that in order to use Google+, Google’s social media platform, you have to use your own real name. Not a pseudonym (though this policy may change). This has been a point of contention with Google users for over 2 years.

But then Google said this month that you need to use your Google+ account (the one with your real name attached) to comment on YouTube comments. Essentially, your name will be attached to every comment you make.