Google Outs Pajama Pundit Blogger
So, the blogger known as The Pajama Pundit is some dude named Bert McBrayer. Blame Google.
Google+ was telling me to change my name — divulge my “true identity” — or to delete my Google+ profile. Thinking that I might be able to ‘game the system’, I figured that I would cancel my G+ profile and simply use the Blogger account that I’ve had for nearly six years.
They are all interwoven. All of the Google products have been absorbed into each other. Google is not unlike the Borg — it has all been assimilated! I deleted my G+ profile, and in doing so deleted the Blogger account. Oh goodie!
After working hard to retrieve what I could, I pieced together my online life — Picasa, Blogger, Gmail, YouTube, et al. — and have hopefully salvaged most of it.
That said, I am unable to maintain my anonymous moniker. Note the “posted by” byline at the top of each and every post — yup. That’s me.
Now, as I’ve discussed before, my inclination is that the Internet would be a more swell place if everyone posted under their real name. Anonymity tends to bring out the worst in people. At the same time, though, I understand that not everyone has the luxury of posting out in the open without serious economic and social repercussion even if they’re thoughtful and polite.
Still, I sympathize with Google’s “real name” policy for Google+, even if I’ve mostly quit actually using Google+. If that’s how they want to build a social network, I’m all for it. But forcing people to use their real names on all Google platforms? Including those people have invested years of their information into? That seems like a violation of Google’s famous “Don’t be evil” policy.