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23 August 2011 @ 10:00 pm
social networked out  

Apropos of pretty much nothing, I gotta say that having joined G+ and all, my reaction is not “wean other social networks off & just use G+” so much as it is “I’m pretty sick of social networks & am not wildly inclined to use any of them anymore.”

I’m finding that to be a rock and a hard place, though, professionally speaking. Between G+, Twitter & FB I’ve got somewhere in the region of 2500 followers (a fair percentage of whom, I’m sure, are repeat offenders, but many of whom are not), and I don’t want to lose the tenuous contact I’ve got with them. Sadly I can’t afford to bribe them to read the blog regularly, so…what’s a girl to do? *wibble*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Megabitchmegabitch on August 23rd, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm going to stop posting and using g+ until and unless Google remove their cranium from their anus regarding the whole "real/common names" crap. Too many of my friends, people I have known for over a decade and a half, people who have been using the same name online for as long as they have been online (for as long as there has been an "online" in many cases), too many of them have had their g+ profile suspended or deleted because their name doesn't match what Google demand and when they object, they get stonewalled - this is if Google actually tell them beforehand that they are going to be suspended, of course, that's not always the case. When they are rejecting people's legal names, the names on their passports/driving licences, as well as their "noms de 'net" they have crossed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

I registered with my legal name. My legal name is only my legal name because, two years ago, I finally saw a solicitor and created the Deed Poll to legally change my first name to the one I picked out of the blue almost 20 years ago to use as my username when I got my first ISP account. Since then, every friend I have has used that name for me. The only people that use my birth name are my family. I _think_ Google would accept my name. But that probably won't ever be an issue because my name looks acceptably WASPish for the idiots in charge over there.

I don't know if you'll get caught by the "must have a single first name" rule, initials aren't allowed - you will probably be able to claim the common name usage as it is your pen name and you can provide a shelf of proof, though some writers, artists and journalists have been refused and told that it is their "brand" and not their name.

I'll stop now - if you're interested (assuming you haven't seen it all blowing up), there's a lot out there about this.