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The real reason for Google+http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=2888 :)
For some reason, I can't load that page. :(Well, my account was suspended at Google+ because i wasn't using my real name.Here's my posting at Blogger about it: Google+:
Hi folks. My Google+ account was suspended because I did not use my real name. I used my 'stage' name for our JimmyLee and Bambi Show on CNI Radio.Since they required me to change to my real name, I deleted all social portions of my Bambi CNI Radio account and am no longer on Google+. I had a great time on Google+!!! I enjoyed seeing you all. It really is the best social site on the web, IMHO. I am sorry that they make such unreasonable requirements.Do I care so much whether my name is out there, my real name? Yes, and no.Here's the feedback I left for Google+ upon removing my account:
I am leaving Google+ because I believe you have no right to REQUIRE me to use my REAL NAME on my account.I removed my Facebook account in part for the same reasons. I would have loved to stay with Google+ but you made it impossible.I will miss Google+ as I have missed no other social account. But that can't be helped. I believe you put people at risk by requiring them to use their REAL NAMES. I believe it is a real security risk and I would strongly suggest you change that requirement. It was wrong of Facebook, and it's wrong of Google+.In some countries it is downright dangerous for them to use their real names.Google+ Teams should rethink their whole position on this policy.
I strongly feel that they should rethink their policies. Being able to find 'friends' does not give them the right to require people to use their real names online. Sad, because Google+ did the best so far on the balance of privacy and content. At least as long as I could test the Beta/Field Test about 10 days.Oh, well. No matter how much you may or may not have helped the field test with feedback, it really doesn't matter if they change the rules midstream and require you to use your real name.Google and the Google+ Teams should really review some of the information at EFF.org and reconsider their stance on REAL NAMES.

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How do they know if you're using your "real" name.If they're doing something intrusive enough to check, I want no part of it...

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I don't know, but my name was Bambi CNIRadio so that was likely real obvious that it wasn't a real name.When I signed up, I hadn't heard that they were requiring REAL names. It wasn't until a few days later. I used a name related to our Internet radio station and my 'stage' name for the JimmyLee and Bambi Show on Saturday nights.Course they waited till they had 10M users...

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Google is suspending all "business" registrations at this time. "Bambi CNI Radio" probably got flagged as a business. You could have re-registered as "Lil Bambi" and you wouldn't get flagged at all; then just put your CNI and other links in your profile.

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I'm expecting "Security Garden" to be suspended as well. As I commented in response to the sharing of LilBambi's blog post:"I've been using "Security Garden" on Google properties for over five years and used that "identity" when signing up for Google+. There was no indication at the time of signing up that "real" names are required and the name corresponds to my Google "identity". Unlike Bambi, this account has not yet received notice of being suspended. We'll see what happens down the road.Contrasting Google+ with Facebook, using my real name on Facebook was a choice I made. However, on Facebook, I have the option to select who can search for me, who can see and who can comment on the information I share there. That option is not available in Google+. As a result, I fully understand why, for purposes of protecting their privacy, people who want to participate in Google+ elect not to use their real name. In addition, many people are better known by their online persona."

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I hear ya Corrine. Gonna be interesting to see if they pick up on yours and a few others I have seen that are still there that are obviously not personal names but actual business names not just a labor of love.

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wow. i'm glad when i said, yes, i'd like an invite, to someone here at scot's that they never sent it.big brother, um, communist government, has way too much info on its, um, citizens.

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wow. i'm glad when i said, yes, i'd like an invite, to someone here at scot's that they never sent it.big brother, um, communist government, has way too much info on its, um, citizens.
You don't really think that NOT signing up for Google+ is going to keep the government from having all of your personal data at hand, do you? Here in Florida we just discovered that the Department of Transportation made $63 million in 2010 selling drivers' names, addresses, dates of birth and what cars they own to employers, insurance companies and such personal data collection firms as LexisNexis.These are the same folks who doubled the fees for obtaining a license the year before last. :hysterical:

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You don't really think that NOT signing up for Google+ is going to keep the government from having all of your personal data at hand, do you? Here in Florida we just discovered that the Department of Transportation made $63 million in 2010 selling drivers' names, addresses, dates of birth and what cars they own to employers, insurance companies and such personal data collection firms as LexisNexis.These are the same folks who doubled the fees for obtaining a license the year before last. :hysterical:
Now that just plains sucks, ChipDoc!

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How do they know if you're using your "real" name.If they're doing something intrusive enough to check, I want no part of it...
People think "Oh it's a google product - I love it - let's hop on the bandwagon". Google is far more intrusive than people realize. My mother sent me an e-mail in Korean language - immediately after that, I started getting google ads in what language?? Korean.There are some people think there is no such thing as privacy in this digital age. I say BS. YOU have DIRECT control over how much information you share on the internet. I myself have a couple of GMail accounts - I have gradually begun the process of switching over to a new webmail service entirely. I will have no part of Google other than using their search engine. Edited by Tushman

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There are some people think there is no such thing as privacy in this digital age. I say BS. YOU have DIRECT control over how much information you share on the internet.
This is perfectly true. All you really need to do in order to insure a high level of privacy is to drop all of your internet and telephone access, close all of your bank, utility and credit accounts, and walk out of town past where all of the roads end. Bring a rod and rifle and accessories for both, and cash to replenish those accessories over the years.You also have the option of accepting that the massive diminution of privacy is the price you pay for the massive growth of your access to information. I read the story of some former KGB operative marveling that he could see his house on Google Earth, stunned that such detail was not only available publicly but free.Ain't nothing in this world for free, my friend.

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This is perfectly true. All you really need to do in order to insure a high level of privacy is to drop all of your internet and telephone access, close all of your bank, utility and credit accounts, and walk out of town past where all of the roads end. Bring a rod and rifle and accessories for both, and cash to replenish those accessories over the years.You also have the option of accepting that the massive diminution of privacy is the price you pay for the massive growth of your access to information. I read the story of some former KGB operative marveling that he could see his house on Google Earth, stunned that such detail was not only available publicly but free.Ain't nothing in this world for free, my friend.
Those are some extreme examples. No one is suggesting that you should live an austere life or live like a hermit in order to protect your privacy. It is rather impossible to function in a society such as ours by depriving oneself of the services you've detailed unless you're some type of social deviant or recluse that can't fit into society. I personally don't believe it's necessary to go to the extremes you've suggested just to protect your personal information. You sound like you have a defeatist attitude where big brother has already won and we are powerless to do anything about it. Throw your hands up in the air and say 'oh well....c'est la vie'. I disagree. The whole point that I was trying to make is that there are many companies (including government agencies) do regard data privacy of utmost concern & priority. Google on the other hand has taken a stance on personal privacy that goes against everything I believe in. Therefore, I choose NOT to use some of their services and stop believing that I am somehow powerless against this ever reaching and intrusive corporation.You're also convoluting the issue of "free" versus what is being discussed in this thread which is personal privacy. You're suggesting that somehow it is "acceptable" for Google to invade or harvest my personal information because it doesn't cost a dime to user their service?? I could care less what they charge - $1 or $1,000 - it doesn't matter. Giving away all of my personal information to Google is a not an "acceptable" trade for me. May work for you because of the convenience factor, or whatever, but I certainly don't have a defeatist attitude "oh well....they've already won". No sir - that does not work me. You can argue that it's almost impossible not to leave a digital fingerprint of who you are - well that part I can agree with to a certain extent. It depends on what context you're making that claim and what services/company you're dealing with. Edited by Tushman

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Here... I made one for you, Josh.josh-banner-01_complete.pngHere's what it would look like chopped up and uploaded to your G+ profile (scrapbook album):josh-banner-01_complete-example.pngIf you like, let me know and I'll email you the images for you to upload.Later...

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Here... I made one for you, Josh.josh-banner-01_complete.pngHere's what it would look like chopped up and uploaded to your G+ profile (scrapbook album):josh-banner-01_complete-example.pngIf you like, let me know and I'll email you the images for you to upload.Later...
That is awesome Eric, I love it :thumbup:Send me the links please!!

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People think "Oh it's a google product - I love it - let's hop on the bandwagon". Google is far more intrusive than people realize. My mother sent me an e-mail in Korean language - immediately after that, I started getting google ads in what language?? Korean.There are some people think there is no such thing as privacy in this digital age. I say BS. YOU have DIRECT control over how much information you share on the internet. I myself have a couple of GMail accounts - I have gradually begun the process of switching over to a new webmail service entirely. I will have no part of Google other than using their search engine.
Tushman, give Scroogle a try and dump Google altogether. It uses the Google search engine, but blocks your IP from Google, and you don't see any ads.Scroogle home page.

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Tushman, give Scroogle a try and dump Google altogether. It uses the Google search engine, but blocks your IP from Google, and you don't see any ads.Scroogle home page.
Thanks Mac. I've never heard of them but I will definitely try it out.

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Startpage powered by IXQuick is great too and it's enhanced by Google.startpage.comHere's more about it: https://startpage.com/eng/protect-privacy.html

Startpage Protects Your Privacy!Startpage is powered by Ixquick.The only search engine that does not record your IP address.
Startpage's position: You have a right to privacy. Your search data should never fall into the wrong hands. The only real solution is quickly deleting your data or not storing them to begin with. Since January 2009 we do not record our users' IP addresses anymore. We are the first and only search engine to do so. Our initiative is receiving an overwhelmingly positive response!Startpage will wholeheartedly continue on its mission to offer you great search results in the best possible privacy!
Be sure to use the settings and save the page after you set how you want it to work for you.

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I was in Arch last night when I made that, Josh. I'm in Slack right now, though. I have some running around to do in a bit, but later this afternoon/early evening I'll email you the complete banner and the five 150 x 150 numbered pieces. Upload the five segments to your Google+ scrapbook photo album in their numbered order... 1 - first, 2 - second, etc.Later...

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Aw h3ll, what am I saying? This is Linux. I can just mount my Arch from Slackware. There. Done. Check your archlinux.us email.

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Aw h3ll, what am I saying? This is Linux. I can just mount my Arch from Slackware. There. Done. Check your archlinux.us email.
:thumbsup: Thanks Brother :)

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You're welcome, J. Glad you liked it.I'll whip up banners for anyone else who wants one. You just have to give me some idea of what you want it to look like. :thumbsup:

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Contrasting Google+ with Facebook, using my real name on Facebook was a choice I made. However, on Facebook, I have the option to select who can search for me, who can see and who can comment on the information I share there. That option is not available in Google+. As a result, I fully understand why, for purposes of protecting their privacy, people who want to participate in Google+ elect not to use their real name. In addition, many people are better known by their online persona."
I know this is from a while ago now, but I believe you can limit (to some extent) how much you can be found. At the bottom of the profile you can find the area called "search visibility". Clicking on it gives you a checkbox that says "Help others find my profile in search results." Unchecking it gives you more text: "Unchecking this box will prevent your profile from being indexed by most search engines." There's a link to learn more, that says this:
If you choose not to have search engines index your profile, your profile itself won't appear in Google search results. However:-Your profile will still remain visible to anyone with your profile URL.-Other pages and content (including websites, blogs, and Google products such as Picasa Web) that link to your profile can still appear in search results on Google and other search engines.-Changes you make to your profile visibility setting may be reflected across search engines at different times, depending on when each search engine crawls your profile page. (Learn how often Google crawls the web.)
So you become less public, but still public. But you can hide virtually all your profile information outside of your name. In fact I think you can set it all to be visible to "only you" (again, outside of your name)But at a certain point, why join a social network if you don't even want to be (even minimally) social?

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There are plenty of ways of being social without having your name searchable. It's not an antisocial thing to do.

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I learned at another site how to change the Google+ name. Adding it here in case someone else needs it at some point.In G+ click your name in the upper right toolbarfrom drop box 'Profile''Edit Profile' in top rightclick on your name under the red bar, here you can edit and save/cancel

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There are plenty of ways of being social without having your name searchable. It's not an antisocial thing to do.
I disagree, at least in the context of a social network. You're supposed to be connecting with people you know, and ideally (I suppose) make new friends/connections. If people are hiding their identities then what are you really gaining from the connection? I understand the desire to not wanting your name out there, for any number of reasons. But the solution is to not use G+ (or Facebook, or <Social Network X>), it isn't trying to force Google to change their policy*. You can use Twitter, for example, without anything close to a real name.*now, changing how they went about enforcing it? Absolutely. They handled it wrong, and seem to have at least taken steps to correct it.

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