By Asking for Real Names, Google Plus Ends Up Being A Boring Social Network September 19, 2011 by Jamie Beckland identity provider, integration I wrote a new op-ed piece that was recently posted on Mashable, that discusses Google+’s ‘real name’ policy. Google+ wants to have a certain view of their users, and that’s OK. If they want to have a very boring place where no one can use nicknames or other forms of ID, that’s OK with me. Of course, what they get in return will be “lowest common denominator.” We use different account names, networks, and identities for different reasons; it only stands to reason that by requiring us to fit into Google+’s box, we will constrain what we talk about and how we share. Please check out the post, and let me know your thoughts about what part of your own identity you share on Google+, vs. what you share on other networks.