A Solomonic Response to Username Disputes

In recent months, I’ve read of the following scenario playing out on a couple of different occasions [1]: Person “So-and-So” chooses “CleverName” as their username on social-media service “Socialr” [2]. CleverName is So-and-So’s favorite pseudonym, a word or phrase with a personally-significant meaning. So-and-So starts using Socialr, and over a period of time builds up a digital identity on Socialr, an identity whose name, content, history, and reputation are associated with username CleverName. Some time later, a little-known company, “Company X”, comes along and wants to create an account on Socialr. That company happens to be named or have a product named “CleverName”. Company X asks Socialr to take username CleverName from So-and-So and give it...

An immediate hiatus

As is evident to anyone checking in, I’ve so far failed to keep up with my initial, modest goal of writing once a month.  Last year was a demanding year…  We’ll see about this one. As happened with my inaugural article, strong sentiments drew out an article from me, this very night.  I’ll post it very soon.  Perhaps others will follow...