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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Your Name and Google+ Profiles

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia

Not that long ago, it was heralded, somewhere, that change was possibly in the wind, in regard to Google Products - and in particular, the new Google+ Profile. Exactly what that was, or what the change(s) was/were to be, was not made clear - at least as far as I was concerned. I was just made aware that it was coming, and that I was expected to embrace it, as if I had a choice?

Well, I suppose, in fairness to Google, I do have a choice. I can maintain my account(s), and accept the big G's policies, or I can ditch Google, and move on - but, move on to where? Mmmm - some choice! Nah. Not that dumb!

What, exactly, was happening, was also causing confusion, and it seemed that that confusion was everywhere! It may also have caused possibly mis-informed discussions in various forums, and a clarification of Google's intentions, was indicated.

So, what is Google's policy for their Google+ (your) Profiles? See the Google+ Project ...

One salient point, which you may, or may not, agree with, is:
"... it’s important to use your common name so that the people you want to connect with can find you."

That's subjective. Many people I have associated with, over the years, myself included, are better known by their nicknames, or 'monikers', as we call them in Australia. However, I'm sure if someone Googled 'Grumpy1', which I used for years, on the Google Groups, they would not find me. I've tried. So, Google requests that we use our more common names - our 'Real' names. After all ...
"Google+ makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world..."

Apart from the fact that I think there are two 'Real Worlds', Google's, and mine, Google does allow for my sobriquet to be used ...
"If you’re referred to by more than one name, only use the one that commonly identifies you, and place the rest in the “Other names” or “Nickname” section of your profile."

I may not like it, however, "Cum Romae faciam sicut a Romanis!"


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