you can have my nym when you pry it from my cold dead signature file
August 26, 2011 11:17 AM Subscribe
posted by luvcraft (152 comments total)
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" rage on. Despite a passionate post on their own public policy blog
earlier this year, outlining all of the reasons that Google is a strong supporter of the use of pseudonyms on the internet, Google is continuing to take an uncharacteristically draconian approach to the use of pseudonyms on Google+
. Google+ users with pseudonyms not only risk losing access to Google+, but also access to other Google services including Picasa and Google Reader as well
. Naturally, this is a significant inconvenience for users who are known primarily by their pseudonyms
, and a more significant inconvenience to users who use pseudonyms to protect the physical safety of themselves and their families
There is an "Appeal Process" whereby users can try to have their Google accounts reactivated, usually by faxing Google a copy of a government-issued ID proving that their name is really their name
. Compounding the confusion and upset was the fact that, for two months, the official page for the Google+ name policy stated "If you’re referred to by more than one name, just choose one"
. Earlier this week, however, that page was changed to one that more closely matches the policy that Google has been enforcing
, despite some promising talk
from Google execs a month ago.