So why do the social networks want your real identity?
What the social networks say...
- Facebook users must agree to provide their real names and giving any false personal information allows Facebook to stop providing all or part of the site
- Google says: "To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of those would be acceptable."
"The authentication is important - it's a big problem on the internet and social networks make it more unlikely for someone to be pretending to be someone else."