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Top 5 Reasons To Use Your Real Name Online

This post originally appeared on Linkedin on June 12, 2014

Violet Blue posted a rant on ZDNet the other day skewering Google and Google+. Her rant focused mainly on the network’s “Real Name” policy. She was one of the many people who couldn’t use their “Real Name” on the network, because it looked like a pseudonym, she claims it’s her real name. She contends that because of this “Real Name” policy, many people in precarious positions, gender re-assignment and so on, were outed not on their terms. It’s sad that this happened, but Google made it clear that they want people to use their real names. So if you don’t want to use your real name, don’t use the network.

Violet’s column made me think about what are the top 5 reason you should use your real name online.

  1. Your friends, colleagues and family can find you and connect. This can also be a con.
  2. You can start branding yourself as an expert in your chosen field with your posts online.
  3. Using your name as your brand you can have what you post be attached to you without any confusion or questions of whether or not you’re really that “fake” name.
  4. Using your real name online gives what you say more credibility. You’re not hiding behind a veil of anonymity, therefore you’re more trusted.
  5. And finally, it keeps you honest. Using your real name makes you think about what you post online and often that is a good thing.

What do you think? Is there any you would change? Would you add any others? Post them in the comments below. Also, what did you think of Violet’s column?

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Seth Goldstein is an Internet marketer based in the Philadelphia-Metro area. He can be reached at LinkedIn@gmwd.us. Seth has more than 35k people following him on Google+ and is an ambassador for Google+. You can find out more about Seth at his Google+ profile and here on LinkedIn.

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Seth Goldstein is a Digital Marketer, Technologist, Agency Owner, and Father.

He is based out of Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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