Google Plus Has A Problem. Fear Not: I Have A Solution. Google Plus is terrific.
I don’t think it will ever be more than the Pepsi to Facebook’s Coke, alas, but it’s much slicker and better designed. It’s too bad that the service has sacrificed a pile of goodwill over the last week by repeatedly publicly shooting themselves in the foot. First there was the brands mistake. Now it’s gotten much worse: it seems they’re deleting profiles wholesale because they suspect that Plus users may be using handles other than their legal names. On the Internet! What’s the problem? It’s not like this is a new issue. OK, granted, it’s a new service, growing faster than anyone expected, and a lot of iteration and making-it-up-as-you-go and stumbles were inevitable, and this is just one of them, and presumably cooler heads will eventually prevail. Image credit: LatinSuD (no real name given), Flickr. Google+ and pseudonymity: An open letter to @Google.
As you may know, along with thousands of people around the world, my access to all of my Google services was suddenly revoked, without warning and without reason.
My original appeal to reinstate my account was rejected. I have written a letter to Google appealing this second rejection. The text of this letter appears below the jump, which may help those of you who are also appealing this decision: Dear Google I am writing to appeal the deactivation of my Google account. One week ago, my entire Google account was deactivated suddenly and without warning. I was never notified as to what specifically had warranted this unexpected deactivation of my account. My name is a pseudonym, as I openly state on my profile. Further, according to the laws as I understand them to be in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, a person is entitled to establish and use a pseudonym if this use does not have fraudulent intent and is not meant to evade any legal obligation.
Sincerely, GrrlScientist. Why Google cares if you use your real name. Over the weekend there was a bit of hoo-hah about accounts swept off Google-Plus, because they didn't have the users' real name.
I don't really have an opinion about whether this is good or bad. I don't think it's a moral issue. And I didn't have any illusions about whether Google-Plus was or was not a public utility at the beginning. I can see why people who thought it was not a corporate-owned resource might be surprised. But you wouldn't have been if you factored that in from the outset. So really, swear to god, for me this is not a matter of moral judgement. There's a very simple business reason why Google cares if they have your real name. Simply put, a real name is worth more than a fake one.
That's really what it's about, money. Remember, if you want to understand how corporations work, if you think about money, you're most of the way there. PS: Unfortunately, most of the hoo-hah was on Google-Plus. <a href=" the forum thread. Google+ Identity Crisis: What’s at Stake With Real Names and Privacy. After a steady stream of angry blog posts and heated debate among its own users over the value of pseudonymity on the web, Google announced Monday that it was revising its “real name” policy, at least for display, on Google+.
In a post on Google+, Google VP Bradley Horowitz promised greater transparency, particularly in suspension of user profiles. The new algorithm — human as well as computational — offers users a chance to correct their profiles before suspension. In the past week, most banned profiles simply disappeared without warning. The great Google+ profile purge began last week with business and media company profiles: ABC News Radio, Sesame Street, Wired. This wasn’t a surprise: Google had stated that it wanted to limit the social network to individuals until it could set up special pages for businesses.
But after Google was accused of using its policy to play favorites — why was Boing Boing banned and Mashable spared? Google+ and the loss of online anonymity.