AlisonW.uk

This site is currently being redeveloped. Although it will work fine it will continue to look terrible for a while yet. Sorry!

2011-07-25 - 10:02:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Open: Open Knowledge | Privacy |

I've been thinking a lot about why Google seem so concerned about having "real" names; what difference it could actually make to them whether, for example, someone in Hong Kong uses their chinese-script name or the romanised name they are commonly known by; why 'Skud' is not acceptable but the name nobody actually uses for her is desired so much that they prefer to have her absent entirely. What is the business case for this?

And the only answer I've come up with so far has been around the equivalent functionality elsewhere: either a Census or the Phone Book and the latter would clearly have the capability to create an income stream.

If you have a list of guaranteed "real names", and a contact method for each one of them – with the ability to uniquely target advertising – then you have a massive money-spinner.

Google started as a search engine service; now it wants to have the world as its source data.



Recent posts:


A Future in Europe
Mrs May
The cult of personality
Clinton v Trump looking more likely
Dangerous stuff!
Who do you trust with your life?

Latest tweets

Yesterday at 22:04 »
@justjamesdev @cryptolivy @APompliano @Prometheus_Cap Ah, an Edison man.
Yesterday at 19:49 »
@rafaelbehr But, iirc, it has always been the case that if a PM loses the confidence of the House (say through by-e…
Yesterday at 19:34 »
@justjamesdev @cryptolivy @APompliano @Prometheus_Cap Yeah, metric wires are much faster.
Yesterday at 19:33 »
Aarghhh! Yes folks, they walk amongst us! 😲😂
@APompliano : @Prometheus_Cap They aren’t moved digitally. They are moved electronically. That is why it takes so long for you to… .https://t.co/RI28Wv66a1
Yesterday at 19:31 »
@MalwareJake @HydeNS33k Nah, stick it on ebay - it'll sell.
Yesterday at 16:54 »
RT @AlisonW : The "I'm all right, f**k you" position. 😕
@docrocktex26: A close family member votes Republican. Now I understand why. The core isn't bigotry. It's worse.… .https://t.co/HRdquMDSwX
  • 8
Yesterday at 16:52 »
Cruel, Inhumane, Racist, Liar, Childish, Molester, Rapist, Stupid, Incapable, and Ignorant #TRUMP.ps. Yes.