The online empires want our names and identities, are the real costs of social media now being exposed? Our September ABC Nightlife spot on September 22 from 10pm looked at these issues and more.
Paul and Tony discussed how Google’s “Name Wars” or “nymwars” came about, why social media sites like Facebook and search engines want you to use to use your real names.
Is this a good thing or are there costs we should consider before handing over our intimate details to a social media or free cloud computing service?
Some of the topics we covered included;
- What are the “name wars’?
- Why do companies like Google and Facebook want us to use our ‘real’ identities?
- How can they use the information they gather?
- What problems does that cause for Internet users?
- Can these problems spill into real life?
- Are all web services doing this?
- What are the risks to businesses using social media?
- Is this the real cost of social media?
Some of the information we mentioned can be found here;
The cost of lunch: Google and Information Revenue
Google’s real names policy explained
Google’s Eric Schmidt on being an “identity service”, not a social network
Google’s company philosophy (note item two)
Why Twitter doesn’t care what your real name is
We’ll be adding more resources in the next few days, the next ABC Nightlife spot is on 20 October and our events page will have more details. If you have any suggestions for future programs or comments on the last show, please let us know as we love your feedback.