IT Support | Google Wants An Honest Internet.
Google has said that it wants Google+ accounts to use real names and personal profiles, at least until it rolls out "Business Profiles." That said, over the weekend, it's been reported that Google+ has begun a massive campaign of culling those it feels have crossed over the line of its "real name policy," doing so without warning, and sometimes deleting all of their Google accounts, not just G+.
Some of these people aren't even using pseudonyms, but instead are using nicknames that they have been known by publicly for years. Others are people that you would expect to have a right to use a pseudonym, such as rapper "Doctor Popular." He Tweeted, "It appears my Google+ profile has been suspended because it lists my name as Doctor Popular instead of Brian Roberts. Totally lamehole."
Something making the rounds, and something to think about is this Google+ post by Bill Noble: "For all the good things - straight-out exciting and satisfying things - about G+, it has one GIGANTIC downside right now: make one misstep with G+ and its TOS, and everything you have in any Google system could be instantly lost when Google freezes or annihilates your cloud, email archives, docs and all. "That, for me, is an absolute deal breaker. How about you?"
No fancy nicknames for you, good sir.
It may seem at first like Google is trying to create a new social network, but to me it seems like much more. Your Google Profile could become the new Yellow Pages if this catches on. You can Google anyone and if they have a Google Profile, which will be required to be public quite soon, you'll be able to see their work history if they've filled it out, and also where you can find them on the web. It could be the one-stop shop for finding information on just about anyone. Frightening!
My own Facebook is hidden from the world just in case I poke fun at the latest fan happening on the internets and upset the wrong person. Plus, I generally don't like talking to people I know. Who wants to do that? Just text me so I can safely ignore you.
Facebook often gets flack for not caring about your privacy, but folks should think twice before signing up for Google+. If anyone ever wants to do background check after a job interview, Google+ Profiles will be front and center, whether you like it or not.