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Google has already admitted it made mistakes with its user name policy on Google+, its fledgling social network, and now we have further word on how the company plans to fix its mess. Google will warn users with names in violation of its terms of service before it suspends their Google+ accounts, provide clearer naming instructions during the sign-up process, and add support for nicknames, VP of product for Google+ Bradley Horowitz wrote on the service tonight . “We’ve noticed that many violations of the Google+ common name policy were in fact well-intentioned and inadvertent and for these users our process can be frustrating and disappointing,” Horowitz wrote.
In my last post , I noted the differences and similarities between the user policies of Google+ and Facebook. One of my particular concerns for a long time has been Facebook’s policy of requiring users to identify using their real names, so, while Google+ stated in its community standards that Google+ would be an “identified” service (see Google’s differentiation between unidentified, pseudonymous, and identified), I was heartened by the fact that, at the very least, they would allow users to utilize the name by which they are commonly known, thereby eliminating incidents like the one Michael Anti experienced with Facebook. Today, I spotted my first example of Google+ cracking down on a user for violating this particular rule.
By Trevor Gilbert On January 23, 2012 Today, Google is marking a “milestone” in their journey to make Google+ the dominant social network.
Google+ “Doesn’t Give a Damn” About Your Real Name, But Still Doesn’t Want You to Use a Pseudonym Ever since it launched, Google+ has been criticized for strictly enforcing a real name policy. You couldn't just use your gamer tag or other name you would use to signify your online or offline identity.
With the launch of a new social networking platform, Google seems determined not to repeat the privacy missteps it made last year with Google Buzz. Public criticism , some valid, some not , prompted Google to make a series of quick changes to Buzz a few days after its launch in February 2010. Google finally settled allegations of unintentional oversharing in an agreement inked with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year.
Alex is 10 years old. He has had a Gmail account since September 2009 — almost two years.