No thanks! I will stop posting in YouTube then! -- Ant @ »antfarm.ma.cx and »aqfl.net. Please do not IM/e-mail me for technical support. Use the forum! Disclaimer: The views expressed in this posting are mine, and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer
Depends on what you are doing online. For youtube just use a throw away account.
My wife nuked a facebook account once. Not really because of everyone that could see her but that she could see them.
She became a manager within the last few years. Seeing friends of friends and every now underling staff etc. became too much. Her staff she just trained etc. Like don't use facebook to post at work how much you drank the night before and how hung over you are then go break HIPPA by complaining about patients and giving enough info someone may recognize them if it was a smaller town. She went back online later with a new account and now hopefully friends of friends do not come back. So unless you are having a fun account you do not want association with what is the big deal? You do not put stuff online you do not want others to see or think came from you.
But if you want a throwaway youtube account do it. How are they going to know it is fake? Plus unless you are totally illegal enough to get cops tracking you down having a fake account will not get you thrown in jail or hurt your credit rating or have any bad side effects except maybe someday gets cancelled then you being fake do not get it back.
Real name? What real name and why would I do that? If I don't use my real name in most places on the Net, why in the name of heaven would I do it with Google. Oh, yeah. My real name is heaven!
There are a ton of people that do post with their real identity even on this site. Tends to be in the technical forums and not the social like youtube. It is all in how, what, when, where, etc. you post. Having a real persona is not lethal or bad depends on what you are doing with it. For real net persona I have PO Box voip numbers etc. Places me in a large metro town. Not at my exact house. Plus on the sad side just going to a movie can end up bad. It is all in controlling the risk not eliminating it. Plus fake ID is good for posting those videos of yourself being dumb. Oh wait it is a video of you and someone just recognized you even though it is anonymous. That is where tons of people go wrong. A fake account with enough real content it is trackable anyways. Fake ID but a real you.
You know, I've been using some pseudonyms for so many years that I actually have to stop at times to remember my real name. If asked what my name is, my longest-running pseudonym is the name that first pops into my head.
I just looked up what Google+ was. Why on earth would I want to use that service?
I have used the name Bill Clinton for years when a name if required. I have signed many ups deliveries that way. I guess if Google requires a real name, I can continue to use Bill Clinton without issue. -- »the53.tumblr.com/
Why post in YouTube in the first place ? That said ..
"We realize that using your full name isnt for everyone. Maybe people know you by your YouTube username. Perhaps you dont want your name publicly associated with your channel. To continue using your YouTube username, just click I dont want to use my full name when you see the prompt.