Comments
Google+ Ends Ban On Fake Names
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
nomii
100%
0%
nomii,
User Rank: Ninja
7/20/2014 | 8:42:26 AM
Re: Dislike
@majenkins I agree. I am not sure that will it matter that the restriction of using false names is lifted. It was not creating problems for those who are already using it and will not help those who will now use it. I am not finding a point in that decision. Anyone?
jastroff
100%
0%
jastroff,
User Rank: Ninja
7/17/2014 | 5:07:12 PM
Re: Dislike
Sounds like a decision made by the product manager and the people he/she reports to. They argued for weeks if not longer, and came up with a decision.

 

Managing email is a difficult task, anywhere at any time.
majenkins
100%
0%
majenkins,
User Rank: Ninja
7/17/2014 | 9:28:08 AM
Re: Dislike
Thomas, I am not sure that would really help all you have to do is make up a real sounding fictitous name and you still get through. Of course in either case as soon as someone says something you don't like you block them.
majenkins
100%
0%
majenkins,
User Rank: Ninja
7/17/2014 | 9:26:23 AM
Re: Dislike
I am with you vnewman2, all you have to do is enter your name as John Doe or Ralph Cramden and you are just as anonymous and hidden as if you called yourself surferguy.
Thomas Claburn
100%
0%
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 4:36:04 PM
Re: Dislike
It should be a two-sided implementation. Give people the ability to post under pseudonyms and give Google+ users the ability to block posts/messages from those who have elected to hide behind a pseudonym.
vnewman2
100%
0%
vnewman2,
User Rank: Ninja
7/16/2014 | 3:32:15 PM
Re: Dislike
Frankly I never understood this policy to begin with. I mean, you can easily setup a bogus gmail account to go along with your bogus G+ account. It just was a nonsensical requirement.
Laurianne
50%
50%
Laurianne,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 2:42:35 PM
Re: Dislike
Google was widely mocked for the policy, so Kristin has a point. Still, Google+ never gained huge traction, do you know many folks outside of tech using it?
Brian.Dean
100%
0%
Brian.Dean,
User Rank: Ninja
7/16/2014 | 2:29:12 PM
Re: Dislike
This will lower the quality of comments on Google+ and YouTube. It will also become difficult to distinguish between users who have been involved in a subject matter since many years vs. someone who is wet behind the ears.

Interesting point about cyber bulling, I would imagine that a requirement to have real names displayed, would limit the amount of online and public cyber bulling but, it also enables stalking that could create an indirect form of cyber bulling. 

 
Kristin Burnham
100%
0%
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 1:42:23 PM
Re: Dislike
It's a bit of a no-win for the company: Victims of stalking and cyberbullying complained about the policy because it required your real name; now users will complain because of a (likely) uptick in spam and trolling.
Lorna Garey
100%
0%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 1:29:22 PM
Dislike
This is unfortunate. It negates one of the benefits of G+ over Facebook and other social sites, IMO. It's "race-to-the bottom" stuff.


IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
IT's Reputation: What the Data Says
InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business really views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. Our results suggest IT leaders should worry less about whether they're getting enough resources and more about the relationships they have with business unit peers.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Must Reads Oct. 21, 2014
InformationWeek's new Must Reads is a compendium of our best recent coverage of digital strategy. Learn why you should learn to embrace DevOps, how to avoid roadblocks for digital projects, what the five steps to API management are, and more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
A roundup of the top stories and community news at InformationWeek.com.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.