This Is The Future Online: Blizzard Forums Will Soon Display Your Real Name

I must be on to something!  If you previously read and agreed with my article about Facebook Connect and what it means for people that love to wreak havoc online, then this article from Kotaku does not seem that surprising.  I do not want to bask in my own logic, but this will undoubtedly be the future of the internet.  Facebook i.e. Real Identity is taking over and anonymity will be a thing of the past, reserved for those that believe they are losing their “freedom” of speech online.

To reiterate some of my previously stated concepts here is an excerpt from my previous post:

If websites eliminated current commenting systems and solely used Facebook Connect as the only way to leave a response, it would change the landscape for trolling on the internet. Just imagine your friend posts an extremely derogatory/hateful comment via Facebook Connect on some type of article on the web.   Would you think less of that friend?  If people that troll knew that their actions could have a real-life impact with the relationships of real-life friends would they change their behavior (imagine Facebook Connect threaded forums)? My guess is yes.

Here is an excerpt from Blizzard:

The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players — however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven’t been connected before. With this change, you’ll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.

I am not saying that this is right or wrong.  I just want to point out that I was extremely on point with my evaluation of the progression of the internet and why it makes sense from a logistical standpoint.  Will there be backlash?  Most certainly.  Is it inevitable? Yes, you Facebook lovers, it is because we made it so.

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  • cramsay

    I think flaming/trolling will still be a big issue, people will just make seconds facebook accounts, but I suppose it will cut some of it out!

    • arctyc

      Someone else proposed that people would make fake Facebook accounts, but it would really only be for the die hard people that want to troll.