The private lives of young people are now so well documented on the internet that many will have to change their names on reaching adulthood.

Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal. In an interview Mr Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrasssing photographs and material stored on their friends’ social media sites.

The 55-year-old also predicted that in the future, Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives. Using profiles of it customers and tracking their locations through their smart phones, it will be able to provide live updates on their surroundings and inform them of tasks they need to do. “We’re trying to figure out what the future of search is,” Mr Schmidt said. “One idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type.

“I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” He suggested, as an example, that because Google would know “roughly who you are, roughly what you care about, roughly who your friends are”, it could remind users what groceries they needed to buy when passing a shop.

Sobering thought.

  1. chuck says:

    How about we just change our names every year? Or every week?

    Or better still, how about just allow anonymous posting, like this? Is that concept just too much for Google to handle?

  2. whamalamadingdong says:

    Better yet, ignore the Schmidt ass clown altogether.

    His stupid suggestion caused me to think;

    “got problems or done something dumb – RUN and HIDE – even change your name, don’t face issues like a grown up human being.”

  3. spsffan says:

    How about we let f’tards be f’tards!

    I just googled my own name and, despite being on the web since 1995 or so, nothing comes up about me. There is info about several people who share my name (living and long dead), but zilch about me at least in the first 3 pages of results.

    If you are stupid enough to put a picture of yourself with a corn cob stuck up your ass on the web, live with it~!

  4. McCullough says:

    Of course it’s not just about Google, it’s about the social networks.

  5. Cursor_ says:

    “Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be ENTITLED to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook.”

    And THERE is the word that Americans born since the end of WWII think is their God given right.

    Everyone is entitled to die. That’s it monkeys. Death.

    Outside of that the post WWII gen should learn to be humble and forthright. I am sick and tired of hearing that Americans are someone “entitled” to anything they desire. Screw you!

    If you were stupid enough to let everyone know all your personal details then you get what is coming to you. No hiding. You did it, you said it, congrats you now live with it. Whining sycophants.


  6. dexton7 says:

    chuck & spsffan,

    I agree… I have consciously kept my ‘real’ name off the search engines, not because I have anything to hide, but because it’s just damned annoying and intrusive. That’s what internet handles are for.

    I also tell my clients not to put anything on Facebook (or elsewhere on internet for that matter)that they wouldn’t put on a highway billboard… that usually gets the message across.

    Eric Schmidt used the old Cliché and said “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” What an a*hole.

    I don’t want everyone and their grandma to know that I secretly like hot blasian models with big boobs.. oops..

    I guess it’s a balance of convenience vs. privacy and there will come a time in the future when privacy is dead if you are hooked into the info grid.. but that doesn’t mean I still won’t try.

  7. M0les says:

    Infact, why even _have_ names in the first place?!

    We should go with numbers from now on – I’ll register 1 first. Then I think I’ll reserve all primes and powers of ten up-to and including 100 for any friends/relatives I want to be kind to… Oh and 69 also (tee hee!)

    The land-rush is on again!

  8. Skeptic says:

    (… meanwhile on Twitter…)

    I changed my name today. closing my twitter acount too

    @marypopper: really? why?

    some guy said he was going to rape me and then rip my guts out LOL

    @peepingtom: cool. what’s your new twitter page?


    @jackoffripper: i just checked it out. your sexy.

    of course I am silly. i’m the same person LOL.

    @marypopper: can’t wait until we go to Jamaica next week.

    i couldnt find a sitter for my cat. both neighbors away all next week too LOL. just going to leave lots of food and water out and leave the new 50″ LED Panasonic on to keep kitty happy.

  9. 8675309 says:

    Eric gets more creepy every quarter it seems. Problem is there are likely more just like him lining up to become senators, congressmen, governors, etc. I can just *feel* our rights and freedoms eroding away with each passing election. And now with every search. I’m beginning to think Ray Radbury isn’t crazy after all.

  10. phiend says:

    And Phiend is my real name…..Really…. Unless your selling or buying something why would you use your real identity on line? I do not even use my real name on faceCRACK (Book)

  11. Ah_Yea says:

    I find it demeaning that someone would suggest that my posts of my detailed exploits as a Gigolo would someday come back to haunt me!!

  12. admfubar says:


    on the other i’m sure eric will have a “$ervice” available to change that information you want to hide… cha ching!

  13. Lou Minatti says:

    I detect a potential source of new revenue for Google: Google NameChange. For a one-time fee of $99.95, you’ll be able to legally change your name online in just minutes. And for those on a budget, Google NameErase will eliminate any links and caches that contain embarrassing references for just $49.95.

  14. McCullough says:

    If you are concerned, you might try this…

  15. Hmeyers says:

    It is NOT a sobering thought.

    Either companies will judge workers by their work history or they will judge workers by stupid shit.

    Evolution will sort out these companies.

    THE END.

  16. Hmeyers says:

    Oh yeah, companies that like judging workers by “stupid shit” like Facebook will eventually get sued into non-existence.

    Evolution: it doesn’t play “fair” but you don’t win, you simply aren’t around for the next level!

  17. interglacial says:

    Schmit has identified a real problem but is such a corporate slimeball he doesn’t see that his actions are what is at fault.
    The onus should be on facegooglebook and other corporations to delete personal information after a period of time. I want to see these a-holes argue in court that their users have given them permission to indefinitely hold privacy destroying and potentially embarrassing material.

  18. Breetai says:

    What a tool. He doesn’t realize he’s just made the case for anonymous handles like we have here.


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