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7/16/2014
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Google+ Ends Ban On Fake Names

Google+ policy change lets you mask your true identity with a pseudonym and allows you to make anonymous YouTube comments once again.

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nomii
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7/20/2014 | 8:42:26 AM
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@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?
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7/17/2014 | 5:07:12 PM
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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
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7/17/2014 | 9:28:08 AM
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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
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7/17/2014 | 9:26:23 AM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 4:36:04 PM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 3:32:15 PM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 2:42:35 PM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 2:29:12 PM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 1:42:23 PM
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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
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7/16/2014 | 1:29:22 PM
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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.
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