Google Granted Pseudonym Patent (You’re Welcome. And, What Is Wrong With You)

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http://techcrunch.com – This week Google was granted a patent for “Social computing personas for protecting identity in online social interactions”; in other words, “a pseudonym could be presented as someone’s name based upon their choices of who would see that name or their ‘real’ name.” Sound familiar? It does to me. Two months before the patent was filed, I wrote here “Suppose Google … let Plus users define which of their Circles see their real names, while others can only see their nicknames?” I know, I know. You don’t patent ideas, you patent implemen (IT news)