"My name is J. Breinlinger."
"No, no, wait, that's too obvious - it's Josh B."
"D'oh. Well, my name is Josh Breinlinger"
We've enabled a new option for Providers to display their full first and last name in their oDesk profile and search results if they prefer that to the traditional first name and last initial format. While it's just an option, we believe that like a good portrait or profile title - it will help talented Providers stand out from the crowd. We've also surpassed 50,000 Providers in the network, so there are quite a few John S.'s and Dmitry K.'s in the network now.
If you'd like to show your full name in your profile, go to the Profile and Settings tab and change your preference in the profile editor.