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article imageOp-Ed: YouTube knows your name

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By Ini Augustine     Jul 23, 2012 in Technology
YouTube has started prompting users who want to post a comment to use their real name. If a user has a gmail account connected to Google+, YouTube lets you choose to use your real name when you post. But you can also still use your YouTube name.
Most people don’t realize that Youtube is an integrated property of Google. What this means is that if you are logged into your Gmail or Google+ account, you are automatically logged in to YouTube. All of Google’s “properties” share information across platforms.
Google's controversial new privacy policies enabled this sharing feature. In an open letter written by Google's CEO Larry Page, he revealed that Google has over 350 million unique users (View PC World article). Those 350 million users are powerfully attractive to companies who advertise on line. When Google+ started requiring real names, or pseudonyms, the move was clearly calculated to make it easier for advertisers to market to that database.
Users have to realize that most if not all activity online is tracked and recorded. Privacy is bartered away in exchange for free access to programs like YouTube and Facebook. People who post things, even anonymously could eventually be identified. Internet Freedom means Internet Accountability too . Here's my blog on the new meaning of Internet privacy.
For now, the change over is optional. The only way to avoid being identified is to close your account.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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