Google Plus Users Getting the Hammer For Using Pseudonyms

  • July 26, 2011
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Google Plus Users Getting the Hammer For Using Pseudonyms

To use Google+ you must have public profile tied to your real name. Google Plus claimed to support three type of account uses: unidentified, pseudonymous and identified. Many accounts are getting banned and some are even getting locked out of all Google services (Source: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/wham-bam-google-ban-no-pseudonyms-google-plus).

Google Spokesperson Katie Watson responded, “Our policy requires you to use the name that you commonly go by in daily life on your Google profile. We do have a field for nicknames or other names you might be known by. Google Profiles are designed to be public pages on the web, which are used to help connect and find real people in the real world. By providing your common name, you will be assisting all people you know –  friends, family members, classmates, co-workers, and other acquaintances – in finding and creating a connection with the right person online.”

In addition to Google+ accounts getting banned for the use of Pseudonyms corporate users have also been getting banned for creating Google Plus accounts. It’s interesting to me that Google+ is so eager to ban users instead of getting them to change there profile name and conform to company policy. I don’t understand why Google frequently throws down the hammer where instead there is a clear alternate opportunity of working with their users. Providing a good user experience includes USERS using pseudonyms.

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