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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+ 238

An anonymous reader writes When Google+ launched, it received criticism across the internet for requiring that users register with their real names. Now, Google has finally relented and removed all restrictions on what usernames people are allowed to use. The company said, "We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be."
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

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  • Re:Youtube Comments (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sd4f ( 1891894 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:09PM (#47462353)
    After so long of not posting comments (i may have been able, but youtube just started annoying me too much to bother, with all these screens that desperately wanted to know who I am and create google+ accounts), I no longer care. They can keep their commenting system.
  • Re:In other words (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Isomorphic ( 241771 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:11PM (#47462383)

    Yes. We are making this PR-friendly change because we don't need you to be logged-in in order to track you.

  • by Dan Askme ( 2895283 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:17PM (#47462433) Homepage

    - The news Story = " removed all restrictions on what usernames people are allowed to use"
    - So i clicked "Edit your name:"
    - I enter "4D", in the name field

    Result = "Please fill in the name fields."

    Garbage news for a garbage product. Did any of the devs even think to "test it"?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:19PM (#47462443)

    Unnecessarily difficult, because google either already knows who you are (via some other registered service(s) i.e. Adwords etc) or will link in a relationship to your choosen "Pseudonym" to your real name, web history and other online events later on anyway.

    So yeah google, what a stupid idea.

  • Re:Youtube Comments (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sumdumass ( 711423 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:46PM (#47462619) Journal

    Sort off. what they do is send links asking if you know certain people and give the names. They also have a link for if they misidentified them.

    So some sorry sap will help them check your drivers license. It's probably someone who you worked with 10 years ago or who has seen you at a pub or something too. I get these all the time for random people in my area. I tend to shorten my name when signing up for crap and they ended up with my full name and I bet it was this exactly. I know the people they ask me if I know- they are geo-locating your ip or something to pass them around.

  • by William Baric ( 256345 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @07:57PM (#47462707)

    Restore the glory of the Internet? You mean to go back to a time when most people posted on Usenet with their real name and email address as their signature? The time when even political discussions were civilized?

    From my point of view, anonymity was the worst thing that happened to the Internet.

  • by penix1 ( 722987 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @08:27PM (#47462897) Homepage

    Using real identities can vastly improve internet behavior. For example, a forum I frequent recently switched from anonymous posting to Facebook accounts. Overnoght the forum changed from endless spam and trolling to respectful discourse between actual people.

    The same happened with my hometown paper but the reverse is true. They went from a moderated (meaning the spam and abusive posts were never posted since posts had to be pre-approved) with lots of insightful comments to almost no comments what-so-ever and the few that were commenting were doing so from fake FB accounts. So the noise ratio went way up on the comments they were getting. In short, they replaced their working moderation system with the FB system thinking the same way you do and got exactly the opposite effect.

  • by seebs ( 15766 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @09:44PM (#47463287) Homepage

    How do you know whether those were their "real name"? I knew a guy who once got interviewed for a newspaper, and they reported his name exactly as written; Tsu Dho Nimh.

  • Re:Youtube Comments (Score:4, Interesting)

    by currently_awake ( 1248758 ) on Tuesday July 15, 2014 @10:57PM (#47463585)
    The news here is Google has found they don't need you to give your real name anymore, that they have found other ways to get that without actually asking.
  • Too Little, Too Late (Score:5, Interesting)

    by billstewart ( 78916 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @02:49AM (#47464429) Journal

    Google+ was trying to be a social network, and one of Google's execs (I think Eric?) also described it as an "identity service", which is something advertisers may want but slightly fewer than zero readers and writers actually wanted. No Facebook kill here, even if it does stick around longer than Orkut (which mainly took off because John Perry Barlow gave a bunch of invites to friends in Brazil, and Brazilians thought it was a great service for gossip.)

  • Re:Youtube Comments (Score:5, Interesting)

    by satuon ( 1822492 ) on Wednesday July 16, 2014 @03:34AM (#47464555)

    I made a JavaScript script that auto-clicks the "Show more comments" button every second, and I would leave it for a while. It can easily uncover 2000-3000 comments. It makes Chrome use up all the RAM though, I can't believe how much RAM you need to display a few thousand lines of text.

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