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Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube 602

Google has launched a pop-up dialogue box on YouTube that urges you to use your real name when trying to make a comment. From the article: "When you try to comment on a YouTube video, a box will pop up that displays your username as it’s currently seen, along with a side-by-side comparison to what it will look like if you let YouTube pull your name from Google+. You can choose 'I don’t want to use my real name,' but that will lead to another dialogue box that basically guilts you into agreeing. If you still insist on remaining anonymous, you have to tell Google why: 'My channel is for a show or character' or 'My channel name is well-known for other reasons' are two options. 'I want to remain anonymous, is–unsurprisingly–not one."
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Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube

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  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Monday July 23, 2012 @12:41PM (#40737879)

    I tried this this morning...and still registered fine with a fake/temporary account to make comments on videos. I think all this means is that your posting aliases are more likely to be interrupted by a space than before.

    On the other hand, when Google does mine, they'd probably wonder why I watch so much Dora the Explorer on my business account. (It's tied to my business cell phone, which I use most often to keep my daughter entertained.)

  • by Eightbitgnosis ( 1571875 ) on Monday July 23, 2012 @12:41PM (#40737889) Homepage
    I don't have a Google+ account, and do not see any prompt when commenting on youtube
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 23, 2012 @01:12PM (#40738353)

    Assholes. No seriously. Please die Google.
    And no i don't care if you start some nerdy goodies.

    Good riddance.


  • by Austerity Empowers ( 669817 ) on Monday July 23, 2012 @01:44PM (#40738833)

    Have you considered that Google doesn't care if you use your real name or not? But chances are, if you use your real name you're not going to troll with racist, inane, idiotic, offensive, inflammatory, poorly spelled, quasi-literate trash which describes 99.9% of youtube posts.

    You can still do it, but you have to be determined. If you care, and you want to remain anonymous and post, you can still do it. Chances are you are not one of those filling the place up with bullshit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 23, 2012 @02:10PM (#40739169)

    The part the summary left out: If you refuse to use your real name, then you can no longer reply to youtube comments. The option is disabled.

    This is false, I've logged in, told it I don't want to use my real name, and am still able to comment.

  • by Jafafa Hots ( 580169 ) on Monday July 23, 2012 @04:14PM (#40741131) Homepage Journal

    Actually they DO care. They have deleted accounts with names they decided were "not real."
    G+ does not allow people to use pseudonyms, officially.

  • by DigitAl56K ( 805623 ) on Monday July 23, 2012 @05:12PM (#40741977)

    Rather, I don't have a problem with Google doing this simply because I firmly believe in the principle of personal resposibility, and if a person is not prepared to be held personally accountable for the things that they do, then I'm afraid I'm just going to have a hard time recognizing any alleged right that they might have to do it.

    That is really naive. Personal responsibility to who? Society? Or the Government? And whatever happens to be the law/populist opinion at the time? What happens further down the road if the law becomes intolerant of your then opinions? What happens if your Government happens to be an oppressive regime? What happens if someone just really doesn't like something you say - even if it's not widely held as offensive, and decides to come track you down over it?

    I suppose nothing you write is ever indefensible in the eyes of another?

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982