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G+: Should I stay or should I go?

From here: https://plus.google.com/107625304798786970122/posts/cz6fCZDM5SV

Now that Google has clarified the name policy for Google+ I'm trying to decide whether to maintain a Google+ account. Do you have an opinion?

ETA: This is the clarification:

ETA2: I'm not using my legal name on G+. I'm using Firecat Stef.

I'm not worried about having my account suspended because (a) I'm not influential enough for Google to bother about me, and (b) I don't use Google's other services in ways that would be broken if this account's G+ access were suspended.

(I use Google Reader, which is affected if my profile is suspended or private, but my tests have suggested that it's only affected in the sense that I can't "share" stuff or +1 stuff, which is fine. I don't use Picasa or Buzz.)

Reasons to leave

Google+ is not designed for people like me. " The name that commonly identifies you" doesn't apply to me. I have several names; they all commonly identify me, and I insist on choosing which ones I use in which fields.

The name rules are patronizing and controlling. I don't cotton to being patronized and controlled. I don't want to add value to a social networking service that patronizes and controls its users.

If I'm not sure whether my profile will be suspended, I'm unlikely to post anything particularly interesting.

Since I don't want Google to have more private data about me than it already has, I'm unlikely to post anything particularly interesting anyway.

I already try to follow far more information sources than I can keep up with.

Reasons to stay

I like the interface. I seem more inclined to interact with this interface than with Facebook's interface.

I like that I am learning more about some of my friends who are posting different stuff here than I've seen them post elsewhere.

I like some of the political discussions I'm seeing.

This entry was originally posted at http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/735262.html, where there are comments.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 10th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I've run into several accounts of people whose IRL names I know, who are using either completely fake names, or names lifted from their other journals (D. Firecat?)

You could try that, if you like ...
Aug. 10th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm using Firecat Stef, and they haven't tried to ban me. The issue is whether I want to continue using that name as a form of disobedience/ assuming I'll slide under their radar, or whether I want to make a statement by leaving.
Aug. 10th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
If you made it Stef Firecat, I can't see any objection under their real name policy. Who's to say that Firecat isn't your real surname?

Whereas Firecat Stef is unusual by Western name standards - Stef isn't a typical surname.

Just my opinion :)
Aug. 10th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)

I only use it so that I can respond to my friends who use it. I'm hooked up enough as it is.

Aug. 10th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
The only part of Google I trust well enough to use is Search.
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