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Name Game: Google Play Forces Reviewers to Use Real Names

30 Nov

I can’t stand internet trolls. To say they suck is an understatement. I did take some delight reading about one, Violentacrez, who got taken down and had to face responsibility for his trolling. The keyboard commandos on the internet are definitely a problem for many people and need to be dealt with.

The Google Play store has its fair share of trolls and people tire of hearing them post garbage comments on the site. Apparently Google has had enough and has chosen to “unmask” people who make comments on the site [1]. While on the surface this sounds like a good idea, in the end the results probably won’t be to Google’s liking.

Let’s face it, Google wants to know everything it can about all of the people using its products and services. The more they know the more they can tailor their real money maker (advertising) towards the users of those services. I always recommend people give as little information about themselves as possible either online or offline.

Going forward, if someone wants to comment on an Andriod application they must agree to use their Google+ account full name. Personally I am not a fan of this. I prefer, for better or worse, the anonymity the Internet provides. There is a great benefit to being just a screen name and not a “real” name. Google has floated the full name only idea before, through YouTube (which Google owns) [2].

Comments on YouTube have been for worse than has ever been seen on Google Play. So in an effort to curb the hostile posts, Google has implemented a request to people posting comments to use their real names. It is pulling the information from their Google+ accounts. So far the request is being denied by most people who continue to use their “avatar” name. I can’t say I blame them, though I have never made a trolling or vile comment to anyone there.

Trolls are really nothing more than digital bullies. In real life people know who the bullies are. They usually stay away from them or ignore them. That is the best course of action for the most part in real life. Digitally it can be a bit harder. The best action to take against a troll is to ignore them or, if necessary, stand up to them, preferably with a group of people.

Google’s theory of “unmasking” bullies on-line will only drive them to find other ways to circumvent that system. It will end up being a cat and mouse game which will cost Google more than their current system. Does there need to be action taken to curb the trolls on-line? Sure. Is “unmasking” them in this manner the best way? I would say no.

 

Source –

  1. Google Play Ends Anonymous App Reviews – Information Week
  2. YouTube Asks Users to Post Real Names in Bid to Clean Up Comments – PC World

 

App Recomendations

9 Nov

Apps are the bread and butter of the smartphone world. With out them, they’re pretty much just a more expensive feature phone. When someone gets a smart phone for the first time they go “app” crazy. Downloading this app and that app just because they can. It’s fun and new. Once the “app” euphoria subsides, the unused ones are generally deleted, leaving people with the most used on their phone. I was no different.

What I have on my phone are the most useful apps for me. Honestly I don’t have any games on my phone. I’m somewhat utilitarian on how I use it. What I do have an use I highly recommend. And so I thought this would be a great platform to continue my recommendation of apps. Starting next week I will being a series on smart phone apps I recommend. I want to preface I am not an iPhone user, and more than likely will never be. I am a happy Android user and am not even on the latest version of the operating system.

I also have a tablet but do not use it quite as much as my phone. And yes, I do have a game or two on it. Solitaire anyone?

I hope the series is a useful and helpful one. I look forward to the feedback and opinions!