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Monday, July 18, 2011


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Shug Maitland

or you could just take a look at http://dwellonit-comic.taterunino.net/archive/110


Cisop Sixpence

I'll follow Google's policy which is to use a name that I am known by online. For me to pick another pseudonym would really be a fake name, as know one would know me.

One the other hand, nice to know they are not checking Drivers License. If they doubt my name, they can easily 'google' it and see that I do exists. ;)

Paypabak Writer

I wonder if I've survived Google purges because I use Google apps in regards to SL business in which I am involved? I make no bones about being virtual, but I'm going about actual business.

Arcadia Codesmith

I think it's poor policy to say, "this is the rule, but we're not going to enforce it".

Either allow it, or don't. I'd vote to allow.

Adeon Writer

One week and my G+ account is still around. Although, if reported, I most likely will not go so far as to prove that I go by the name.

Ciaran Laval

I won't be opening a google + profile whilst they have this ambiguous nonsense going on, they simply need to say pseudonyms are ok or not, the idea of spending time creating another profile and then having the plug pulled is absurd.


In case it wasn't clear in the story, this man is an engineer at Googly but not an official policy maker. Among the things that *have* happened to fellow Second Lifers on the Google+ service include:

-Getting their G+ accounts suspendend and then being asked, yes, to provide photo ID and/or phone numbers to verify their identity.
-Not being reinstated under their chosen name no matter what info they provided.
-Having their long-standing Gmail accounts locked at the same time the G+ accounts were suspended.

This last one is why I and many others quit the service pre-emptively. As far as I'm concerned, I *am* Ananda, and my friends know me as that, so preserving my identity and my Gmail account was far more important to me than to play in another land of social-network Real People.

Foxxe Wilder

The thing with Facebook is unless the Identification they ask for is from the USA, there is very little to NO chance that any government office will share that information with non-legal offices (such as InterPol etc). I know for SURE that Canadian Authorities do not bother with US based online companies such as Facebook or SL. (I tested them both over the past 3 years and both came up wanting)

Ann Otoole InSL

Google+ banned William Shatner. The wrath of Kahn is coming.


The William Shatner incident is an example of profile griefing. There is a "report this profile" button on the lower left side of the profile page, and apparently a lot of people thought it was a fake profile. The g+ software kicked that profile offline because it got a lot of reports. As it turns out, it actually did belong to a celebrity.

Google can fix this issue by doing two things: (1) provide a checkbox so the account owner can flag it as a pseudonym, and (2) provide a "verified account" status when the account owner has provided some real life ID. But the account owner's name does not have to be displayed if they choose a pseudonym.

Then people can happily choose whatever visible name they want for the account, and Google can do all the demographics and ad selling they need to cover expenses based on the verified identity of the account owner.

Aeonix Aeon

*shrugs* I choose what is behind door number 3. Instead of trying to get Google+ or Facebook to change, just use a social media network that doesn't make you beg for privacy or pretend to be somebody else that is "acceptable" to them. There's a reason I like diaspora, or at least everything it represents.

Singularity Utopia

Here's my blog-post about Google #plusgate


I'm glad some people are outraged by the G+ censorship, but mainly the outrage is limited to people who've directly suffered Google-censorship. To really make a difference this issue needs to be taken up by everyone. People should not underestimate the importance of this issue.


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