Re: Google+ is an identity service (pseudonym vs real name)
This makes complete sense. Thing is Facebook and most social networks are not designed for that purpose. Facebook is not a means for Atheists to find eachother. Social networks is like a dating service. The whole point is so people get to know you. If you're using Facebook, you are talking to friends, family and meeting new people around your area to socialize with. There are plenty of other places where Atheists can get together, or other particular groups can get together. Other more secure place.
Originally Posted by MasterNetra
That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying you shouldn't do that on Facebook or other similar social networks that have the same means. As I've already described. Facebook is not designed for that, neither is Google+ or other social networks. If you want to talk about sensitive topics and find people who sympathize about the topic, if you live in a place where you are monitored or are not allowed to talk about those topics in the open (like social networks) then there are plenty of other places to talk about those as I mention below. Facebook and social networks wouldn't even be as easy to find people who sympathize with you in comparison to other places which may be more specific on that.
Originally Posted by tvierling
Like this; is a good point. There are other forums, social areas, IRC you can join if you want anonymity. These specific social things are not designed to interact as your real self and real name. Matter of fact you're required an alias in most of them. Facebook is not the place and this is a good point, if you want that type of anonymity, you shouldn't be on Facebook.
Originally Posted by Grenage
So basically what I'm saying is, to sum it up. Social networks are designed to interact and share things with people as yourself. You can avoid any trouble if you're in a place where it's valid to be paranoid by not posting anything you don't want everyone to be able to see, and not accept people as friends that you don't trust with your information. If you wish to do either of those two things, without people knowing who you are, there are other services that exist on the internet that are much stronger, or actually designed for that. I'm sure some people may have made separate anonymous accounts on Facebook and managed to find/make groups to talk about things without disclosing who they are. That's fine. But that's because although Facebook doesn't intend it, it doesn't block it either. Google+ on the other hand, does block it. Because they want it used for that specific purpose. Eric Scmidt said it himself. If you don't like it, you don't have to use it. It's designed for a purpose and people seem to be crying about the fact that they can't use it for other purposes.
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