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Google Plus and Its Fight for Real Names

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Are you one of them too who recently got issue with Google+ because you created a profile with a nickname or something that will click more users to your profile? If yes, then probably you must be very angry with Google too.

We all are well familiar now with Google Plus. It is another social networking site that has attracted a huge number of people within 24 days of its beta launch. First the big anger came when Google Inc. launched this service on ‘only invitations’ mode and allowed those people to join who were above 18 years of age.

Why users hate the policy of using real names? Well many of them have created their own community and a complete world revolving around name like ‘Joy Boy’, ‘Dream Girls’, ‘SEO Expert’, etc. Google has suspended many accounts like these with the reason that they would not appreciate such profiles. These people are right at their ends, but Google+ is more of a professional plus casual social networking which wants to connect people easily. For instance, if an old friend of you is searching for you on the web then he or she may be looking for your real name. But if you have created a profile with ‘ABC2’, then probably they will end up just an unlimited searching for you.

None of the social networking sites actually want their users to create profiles other than their real names. Facebook and LinkedIn are also among those social networking sites. Such policy also makes it possible for the users not to get tricked or bluffed by fake accounts. But it is also creating a great hype among many users worldwide especially China.

Well Google+ is still running on a beta mode and it is expected that they will soon soften their policies. As maybe due to the beta launch they are just been too strict. A user also quoted that if Google is going to follow the same policies than it will probably break its own principle ‘Don’t be Evil’.

According to some of the geeks, Google Inc. is following such techniques to learn about the behaviors of the users and keep their social networking site a bit better in behavior. They want to let their users be found from their real names by their family members and friends.

In conclusion, people will still be using pseudonyms rather than real names and Google may be suspending their accounts. It will result in either people keeping their real names or leaving Google+.

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  1. “Such policy also makes it possible for the users not to get tricked or bluffed by fake accounts.”
    Think about that. It’s actually nonsense.
    The direct opposite applies.
    Google is making it *far more likely* that users will be tricked by fake accounts.
    1) Anyone can sign up with any fake name at all – as long as it look like a reasonable name – like John Smith.
    2) Google promotes the fantasy that all the names are ‘real’.

    “For instance, if an old friend of you is searching for you on the web then he or she may be looking for your real name. But if you have created a profile with ‘ABC2’, then probably they will end up just an unlimited searching for you.”
    If I someone *wanted* to be found by people from the past, then I rather think that they would post their name and contact details somewhere. That would apple even if they used a handle/name for posting in various fora.

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