Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Opinion: Google Plus Identity Fail

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Now that Google Plus is out of Beta on public release, I'm expecting another wave of dissent over the whole user name debacle. If there isn't one there should be, since Google's policy on this is assinine, naive, dangerous and plain dumb.

If you go to the answers document about profile naming, you will find the feedback form at the bottom. Take the time to send them appropriate abuse over this. I did.

What Google+ information were you looking for? 
Looking for some sensible naming policy and not this bone-headed nonsense you're using right now. Are you living in the real world web with the rest of us? Or has the too much of totalitarian China rubbed off on you? RC

Thanks! Your feedback will help us improve our Help Center.

Not surprisingly, my feedback didn't elicit any response. RC

Full text of the policy below:  

Your name and Google+ Profiles  
Google+ makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world. Because of this, it’s important to use your common name so that the people you want to connect with can find you. Your common name is the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, any of these would be acceptable.

If you are unable to complete the Google+ sign-up flow, or your profile was suspended for a name-related issue, review our guidelines below.

Use your full first and last name in a single language.
If you use your full name, you'll be able to connect with people you know and help them find you. Names that consist primarily of initials or those that include indications of membership in professional, educational, societal or religious entities, such as "Dr.", "Rev." or “JD” are not allowed in the first or last name fields. Names that include more than one language script aren’t allowed either.

Violation examples: Doctor Stan Livingston, Bill Smithwick DDS, Rev. Jim Copley, 蔡玉娴 Archer, S. P.

Put nicknames or pseudonyms in the Other Names field.
If you’re referred to by more than one name, only use the one that commonly identifies you, and place the rest in the “Other names” or “Nickname” section of your profile.

Violation examples: Timothy “TK” King, Jonathan Richards (JonnyBoy), PunkRockerSF

Avoid unusual characters in your name.
When you create your profile, our system will check the name you submitted for unusual characters. For example, numbers, symbols, and obscure punctuation are not supported.

Violation Example: John246 , ★★Shelley★★, J@SON W@T$ON, ‘Rachel Smith/

Your profile and name must represent one individual.
Google+ does not support profiles for couples or groups of people. Additionally, you cannot create a profile for a non-person entity such as a pet or business.

Violation examples: Jones Family, Jeremy & Mel Mason, Vegas the Dog, Brooklyn Bagels, Northern California Conservation Society

Don't use the name of another individual.
Impersonation is a serious issue. Pretending to be someone else could cause your profile to be deleted. If someone is pretending to be you, go to their profile and click Report this profile.

Name Changes
Please note that if you change your name, you won’t be able to change it again for 30 days.

Names Appeals
If you've followed these guidelines but your name still isn’t being accepted by our system, please follow the on-screen instructions to submit your name for review. The typical review process takes a few days. You may also want to review our Content Policy.

Submission of certain corroborating information such as trademark or DBA ("doing business as") designations may be supportive (but not sufficient) information to perform the review.

Google+ Profile Suspension and Other Google Services
If your profile is suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile such as Google+, Buzz, Reader and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail. Your profile can be restored by editing your name and submitting an appeal that will be reviewed by our team, as directed by on-screen instructions.

We understand that your identity on Google+ is important to you, and our Name Policy may not be for everyone at this time. We’d hate to see you go, but if you choose to leave, make a copy of your Google+ data first. Then click here to leave Google+.

Send Feedback
Thank you for offering your feedback on Google+. Understanding your experiences and opinions helps Google make this product better for you and other users.  

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Why did you visit Google+ Help today?  
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Did you find the information you were looking for?  
* No *
*I found some, but not all, of the information I was looking for.*  

What Google+ information were you looking for?
* Looking for some sensbile naming policy and not this bone-headed nonsense you're using right now. Are you living in the real world web with the rest of us? Or has the too much of totalitarian China rubbed off on you? RC *

Thanks! Your feedback will help us improve our Help Center.