Sunday, 28 August 2011

Goodbye Google+

I've ranted before about the intrusive nature of the real names policy in Google+. There's an excellent example of what can go wrong in this CNET article:

"If you do not edit your name to comply with the names policy by , your profile will be suspended: you will not be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Buzz, Reader, and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail..."
Fortunately, there's a way round this: remove the Google+ features from your account. You can find out how to do that here. Even better, when you've done it, you get to explain your reasons for leaving, so you can make it clear that it's because of the lack of privacy.

Goodbye Google+. I'd say it was nice knowing you, but it wasn't. At no point did I find anything remotely useful there. Although, to be fair, I don't see the point of Twitter or Facebook either, so maybe I'm not the target audience.

It's good to be anonymous again.

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