To All You Google+ Users

January 30, 2012


My friend Carole wrote a very informative and enlightening post about Google+, Why I Deleted / Downgraded My G+ Profile. You MUST READ the post and the links she includes if you have signed up for Google+ or are thinking about it.

My problem is this: I do not want to put my last name on my Google profile because I don’t want it showing up associated with my blog. Or anywhere else, for that matter, unless *I* choose to make my full name “public”. (For the sake of my own privacy I’d like to at least make a stalker WORK to figure out who I am!) But if you have a G+ account you are required to use your full name, and you have no option to show any other name but your full name across any service where your profile is displayed. (Actually, it looks like from a recent news article (linked below) that you may be able to display a nickname – BUT IT WILL STILL LINK TO YOUR REAL NAME.)

…In fact, with the recent well publicized Google privacy policy change, they can now link information across any of their services – so if you use your real name on Google+ it’s now going to be linked to everything that you do on any of their services (searches, posts, pictures, etc.)!

I always figured the Google+ service was just another social network service, akin to Facebook. I had no idea it is actually an “identity service.” Some people don’t seem to have a problem with that, but a lot of us do. I like my privacy and while I don’t mind sharing my real name or social events with some of you very dear readers, I DO Mind sharing them with Google, who keeps a dossier of everything about us and everything we do online. (According to the Forbes article, the government is too afraid to do it but they have no qualms about private businesses doing it).

All very scary.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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4 Responses to “To All You Google+ Users”

  1. Susi Says:

    It certainly gives you something to think about, doesn’t it?

  2. Rena Says:

    Hmm I am on Google+ but hardly ever use it. I was hoping to get more friends on there and wanted to use Google+ more instead of Facebook. I guess I will go over and delete my profile on Google+. Thanks!

  3. Carole Says:

    Thanks a bunch for the shout out, my friend! šŸ™‚

  4. Lin Says:

    When I first blogged, I used my name….right on my blog. I don’t do that now, but I know that I’m easily found. But I give you all so many clues–if you really wanted to, I guess you could find me really, really easily.

    While I don’t like this new “privacy” (why do they call it that when it really isn’t?) policy, I wonder if it is really any different from Facebook? I don’t think so. But if the world wants to keep track of every freaking boring thing I do, go ahead. Facebook does it, my job does it, my mother does it, hell, even my cat knows just about everything too.

    How to escape Big Brother??? I dunno. If we think we can, I think we are mistaken. It’s our world. I don’t condone it, but what to do??