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.

Why getting online at your local coffee shop may not be safe.

If you're like me, whenever you're at a coffee shop, or anyplace else that offers free WiFi, you probably take advantage of that and connect your phone. While the free WiFi isn't always faster than my 4G cell phone service, connecting to WiFi makes sure I don't impact my cell phone plan's data quota, and some apps and downloads will only work on WiFi. So what's the problem?


Instagram may change their Terms of Service, again.

On December 17th, Instagram announced that in 30 days they would enact a new Terms of Service, and offered a few choice nuggets for what was different from the old ToS. Within hours, news had spread across the Internet that Instagram was suddenly going to start using all our images for ads and stories, and that they had the right to sell our content to third parties.

How much money will Instagram get for my pictures?

By now you've probably heard this week's news about Instagram: they've enacted a new Terms of Service which explicitely states that they can feel free to sell or use your images without your consent or payment. People have been blogging about it, posting to Facebook, and it's even been in the mainstream news. Some users have even gone so far as to completely delete their Instagram accounts or remove a good portion of their previously uploaded images.