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An Open Letter to Google+ .. Your Policy Is Nuts (with all due respect)

Well once again the ugly specter of privacy on the web rears its head with respect to Google+ policy, and I find myself smack dab at the center of the controversy. When I wrote this post I certainly didn’t expect to become the poster boy for social media privacy (or at least this soon).

My account has been under suspension since a troll flagged me last week and I’m still waiting for Google to get around to reviewing my case. But apparently hell will freeze over before they finally get to it, and frankly I’m tired of waiting.

Did I say the word “policy”? Well that’s the problem because Google’s “policy” is a bit confusing to say the least. Let me explain.

Last week my Google+ profile was suddenly deactivated and I received this curt notice (click the image for a larger view):

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I suspected it was just an excuse to snoop and I wasn’t disappointed. I clicked on the link to request a “reconsideration” and was confronted with a simple form with no text box to plead my case for extenuating circumstances.

There was an ‘option’ for providing ‘ID’ but I passed on it because there is no way in hell Google is getting my driver’s license. It’s none of their damn business.

I did however verify my account (as they demanded) with my personal cell phone number (against my better judgment). So what more can they possibly need?

Now they have my private telephone number and my account is still suspended. Thanks Goog. (By the way, I want my “private” number completely erased from all of your records. Just saying).

I also sent them a link to this blog with over a decade of posts via their ‘feedback’ button. I have had a Blogger account for just as long.

That’s more than enough information to prove I am who I say I am. And I’m only semi-anonymous. Just read my about file.

Besides, BLOGBloke has been an internet persona for over a decade, and in legal terms it has become a brand.

Then I received this notice (click again for a larger view).

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Several days have now passed and I’m still waiting for their “review”.

So while we’re waiting let’s take a closer look at Google’s general policy statement on privacy “The freedom to be who you want to be“…

When it comes to Google services, we support three types of use: unidentified, pseudonymous and identified. And each mode has its own particular user benefits:

Unidentified. Sometimes you want to use the web without having your online activity tied to your identity, or even a pseudonym—for example, when you’re researching a medical condition or searching for that perfect gift for a special someone. When you’re not logged into your Google Account (or if you never signed up for one), that’s how you’ll be using our services. While we need to keep information like IP addresses and cookies to provide the service, we don’t link that information to an individual account when you are logged out.

Pseudonymous. Using a pseudonym has been one of the great benefits of the Internet, because it has enabled people to express themselves freely—they may be in physical danger, looking for help, or have a condition they don’t want people to know about. People in these circumstances may need a consistent identity, but one that is not linked to their offline self. You can use pseudonyms to upload videos in YouTube or post to Blogger.

Identified. There are many times you want to share information with people and have them know who you really are. Some products such as Google Checkout rely on this type of identity assurance and require that you identify yourself to use the service. There may be other times when it’s more desirable to be identified than not, for example if you want to be part of a community action project you may ask, “How do I know these other people I see online really are community members?” Source.

Sounds pretty good .. right? I’m in total agreement with this statement and applaud Google for it. Yay (clapping).

BECAUSE the reason why I blog semi-anonymously is when I practiced law my life was threatened by criminals.

I also travel in regimes where bloggers are persecuted and thrown in jail (or worse) for speaking their mind, and I’m concerned about retribution if I should go abroad.

So it seems to me I should be able to use social media and protect my privacy and family. I think that’s reasonable. Don’t you Goog?

And let’s not forget all the women who are hiding from an abusive spouse/boyfriend etc., etc. We’ve heard this before .. right?

If someone is using anonymity to be a troll, then by all means throw them out. But let’s not assume that all anonymous profiles are being used for bad purposes. Trolls come in all shapes and sizes, and some of them aren’t so anonymous either.

Let’s not be hypocrites either. We all know this is really about Google wanting to identify us to make it’s marketing more effective. It’s about targeting us .. NOT to protect us.


Then I found this other statement from Google ‘Your name and Google Profiles‘. (P.s.: this document has recently been changed).

Does anybody else notice the contradiction? Confusing isn’t it? Frustrating is probably a better term.

I’m sure Google has a perfectly reasonable explanation (I’m all ears).

That’s a joke by the way. And no, I don’t buy into the story it’s just to “be certain you’re connecting with the right person, and others will have confidence knowing that there is someone real behind the profile they’re checking out“.

The assumption being avatars are just bots. Well I can assure you Google I am a very REAL person made of flesh and blood, and if I want to talk to a talking head then that should be my choice. But thanks for caring just the same. (Tongue in cheek).

So here’s a thought. How about we use a little common sense.

Anybody can use any profile name or pic they want to. Who’s to know? A quick perusal of Google+ and you will see it is rife with anonymous profiles.

But like I said, a blanket policy is not the way to go.

Because unless Google forces ALL of us to provide ID then it can’t impose it on just BLOGBloke™ (or a few of us). Unless Google imposes ID on ALL of its users, their policy is moot. And unless their policy is applied equally to everyone, enforcing said policy is in fact discriminatory … period.

Their policy is so full of holes it’s swiss cheese. Trying to enforce it is ludicrous and an exercise in futility. Neither would it stand up in a court of law.

The only way Google can get out of this schmozzle they created is to impose proof of ID on ALL users. But it is not only WRONG, I would submit it is illegal and an infringement on our right to privacy.

Or in the alternative they have to at least allow established pseudonyms and avatars (or in my case, my brand). It’s one or the other.

I would also submit the old standby excuse that we can just choose to op-out is a cop-out. Google has become synonymous with the internet. When we search the internet we don’t just say “search it”. We say “Google it”.

Whomever dreamt up this nonsense at Google obviously did not think it through. Or have they?

So what will be next on the agenda? Will we have to provide ID just to use the internet? Scan a QR tattoo on our wrist before we can log on? Or our smartphone .. a credit card perhaps? Think 666.

Think that’s far fetched? Then consider this. Who would have thought Google would disallow private profiles. Would you have guessed that say … a year ago?

Google wants to move us from our desktop to the cloud. Its web apps are being put under the umbrella of the Google+ profile.

Once a gazillion users are on Google+ (and it won’t be long) Google could come up with another policy stating that you will have to provide more personal information even just to use Gmail.

It is possible. How far could they take this you ask? The sky’s the limit, one small step at a time.

There is an old cliché “follow the money”. In this case it’s ‘follow the trend’.

If you don’t believe me then we will just have to wait and see how far this goes. But don’t wait until it’s too late before voicing your objection.

This blog has sustained numerous DOS attacks in the past. Before I was flagged, my last post on Google+ took a swipe at social media marketers using it as a focus group for curating content.

Do you believe in coincidence? Me neither.

It’s the mischievous trolls who should be banned from Google+ … not BLOGBloke.

Wanna bet my “review” will eventually come from a non-respondible bot (no name) linking to a sterile faq file?

The message however might start with a friendly “hi there”. That will make it all worthwhile I suppose. (Tongue in cheek).

Now please take a look at Mashable’s profile. They have no personal information there.

Mashable G+ Profile

So what makes it so special? BLOGBloke™ has been around a helluva lot longer than it has. At least I put my personal pic on my profile.

Come on Google, enough is enough. Be reasonable.

Over the past decade BLOGBloke™ has been a valuable resource helping other bloggers succeed with no strings attached. I resent in the strongest of terms being put through this crap, and I deserve better.

P.s. Goog: I want the profile name and IP address of the mischievous troll(s) who fingered me. Last time I checked I have the right to face my accuser(s). Or has that right been taken away as well?

Addendum: My daughter just asked me about this and her response was “that’s retarted“. Tell me about it dear. She’s definitely her father’s daughter. :-)

Want to hear something else funny? I can’t even plus 1. I’ve been squeezed out.

Another reason why blogs are superior to stoopid, controlling social networks.

UPDATE 07-19-11: Canada’s Privacy Commissioner agrees. “Privacy watchdog sets sights on Google. Report raises concerns about how Internet giants track, profile and target us”. Read more @ http://www.blogbloke.com/canadas-privacy-watchdog-sets/

2nd UPDATE 07-19-11: The plot thickens. I finally got my answer from Google+ in the form of this cryptic message. Apparently BLOGBloke is not a REAL person after all:

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Well thanks for setting me straight Goog. I’ve had an account all these years and now I’m an “entity”. Suddenly I feel so violated.

But I’m not an “entity” or a “business”. So what am I really? A bot perhaps? If I am then I must be one helluva sophisticated algorithm. You should hire me.

Now I know how Data feels. Conflicted.

But I think I really am a REAL live person. Let me check again just to be sure … … … yup. I’m REAL alright. Just pinched myself and it hurt like hell.

So why are Mashable, TechCrunch et al allowed on Google+ ? Are they any more REAL than BLOGBloke™ ??? I’m feeling the love.

Obviously there’s one policy for them, and then another policy for the rest of us pee-ons. I must have missed the memo.

You really need to think this through again Goog.

But seriously though, now I’m REALy pissed. This is absurd, assinine, bullshit and any other derogatory term that I can think of. It’s also discrimination and exclusionary.

Despite all of the information I gave them they still want more. They are using G+ as bait to pry into our business at the exclusion of people like yours truly who stand on principle and don’t want to give it up.

Google’s draconian profile policy has absolutely nothing to do with “community standards“. Your profile (noun) is designed to profile (verb) YOU. Understand?

So the gloves are now off. I’m contacting the authorities. I’m also contacting the mainstream press.

Thanks for giving me a cause Google. Advocacy is my schtick and I’m just warming up.

Need more convincing? Then read ‘Who is harmed by a “Real Names” policy?

Now read Part 2.

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  1. Morning Bloke,

    Well, this certainly sheds a lot of light on Google’s behaviour.
    The bigger & more powerful some people and companies become in a certain field, the more of ass-holes they become.

    Once upon a time it was Microsoft. Now we complain about Apple. Tomorrow, there will be some other company.

    Google is the biggest thing on the Internet right now. They know they rule the net. I bet 99% of the people on the Internet have a Google account for one or more services.

    That is a lot of people. And managing them is a whole other dimension.
    If submitting personally identifiable information is Google’s way of managing their user base & accounts… just to keep trolls away, this is no different from real life political policies - the majority suffers for the faults of a few.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:41 am said...

    @Jaffer, Coincidentally, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner agrees.
    “Privacy watchdog sets sights on Google. Report raises concerns about how Internet giants track, profile and target us”.
    Read more @ http://www.blogbloke.com/canadas-privacy-watchdog-sets/

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  2. Today I find myself knocked from the first to the third page in Google’s Search Engine Results Page. Just another coincidence?

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  3. That’s bullshit. This makes me so mad. Google is gonna loose us as customers. Well I am going to write an email to them. Probally wont do any good.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 5:36 pm said...

    @Curtis, Better still, delete your profile. That’s what I’m doing.

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    Reply by: Curtis at 6:01 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, Yea if it gets worse Ill do better than that and delete my whole account.

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  4. I had wanted to get here, many hours ago, but as so often, life happens..

    I was hoping to see outrage and some major discussions, but it is early days yet.

    I find this situation reprehensible for the simple fact right is right and wrong is wrong and I find my moral compass if you will offended.

    I have been reading up of the so call community guidelines and the wording is just terrible and needs to be cleaned up…maybe you could offer your services and teach them how to write a document that is properly done? poor joke, sorry.

    As I have said before, I like Google and it is my search engine of choice. I like Gmail and there are many services that I find worthy and useful.

    This is a new community and while many are going ga ga over how great it is, it is matters such as legal wording that needs to be addressed before this goes much further.

    While I was out earlier today, I was thinking about the big corporations that are on and off line and there is always a way to talk to a real person to get resolutions to problems..look at Visa, Banks etc. and yet there is nothing in place for such businesses as Facebook or Google. Yes I have put them in the same sentence. Just because a business is based primarily online, does not mean that people should not be able to talk to a real person….sigh, maybe I am getting a bit off track..an oops.

    I wish I could say something of value and I wish I could say something short and sweet,but to be honest I am pissed off. If this can happen to you, mark my words it can and will happen to others and that is just not acceptable.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 5:44 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), thanks for your support. Appreciate it.

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  5. After reading the update and after reading what Google has said, by their inference you are a business, therefore I would like to know what the product or service is that you are SELLING and I would like to know what you are charging for said merchandize?

    If you are not a business what the hell are they talking about?

    um… excuse the language

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 8:16 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), how much you wanna bet they will try to charge me for a “business” profile, and still insist on ID. I don’t make any money off this blog.

    STOOPID. (Pardon my French).

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    Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 8:26 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, oh come on…you mean you are not a millionaire…sheesh…maybe they should go after
    +Mashable News or +The Next Web or people(?)like +Unmaskedm ..

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 8:31 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), apparently the aforementioned are preferred clientele. Didn’t you get the memo?

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  6. Hi @BLOGBloke,

    @Diane drew our attention to your posts in a shared webdoc I created about Google+, so I linked to this article there. It’s very instructive.

    I have the impression that concern over this issue has died down in the past few days since one person’s case has been publicly resolved as an error related to automated account flagging (here I’m making reference to Thomas Monopoly, http://www.twitlonger.com/show/bvqdos), and also since Google has spoken out to clarify their position.

    However, nothing in either Thomas Monopoly’s explanation or Bradley Horowitz’s comments on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts) reassure me on this point at all. I have yet to hear any apology from Google, and I cannot understand the lack of concern regarding legitimate avenues of recourse. I don’t think VP intervention should have been required to resolve Thomas Monopoly’s case; it should have been regular procedure. Further, if they were really serious about suspecting child pornography and thus not allowed to talk about it, I doubt that Monopoly would have been informed about it at all. That just doesn’t make sense to me.

    You mentioned that you were planning to delete your Google profile. I’d be interested in hearing what you think about these developments. Do they affect your opinion in any way?

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    Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 12:03 pm said...

    @laura, Laura, I want to thank you for visiting BlogBloke and yes I agree that his posts are very instructive on many subjects and not just about Google+

    I read with interest about Thomas Monopoly and then went to see Bradley Horowitizs comments.

    As with many things on the net, I ended up on Robert Scoble post: https://plus.google.com/111091089527727420853/posts/Fddn6rV8mBX
    … you will have to scroll down quite a ways to +Singularity Utopia’s comment ( hmm a pseudynomym) please note I am liking this person and liking what they are saying!

    I am going to put in here a few of the thoughts this person has said as I truly believe they need to be heard:

    “”Enforced naming is undemocratic, it is anti-freedom, it stifles creativity thus the next George Orwell would probably be suspended from Google+. If people have the freedom to choose their identities then this creativity will make it easier for future George Orwells to arise. Was George Orwell being anti-social by using an alternate identity? Was George Orwell guilty of sending spam? No, he was simply exercising his democratic freedoms (self-expression, freedom of expression, freedom of thought). His alternate identity did not create a withdrawal of social norms for George, he was actually very moral and respectful of society. Creativity should not be censored. The reason we should avoid censoring creativity is because the minor fascism of identity-censorship could easily lead to the extreme fascism feared by George Orwell. We need identity-freedom not identity-oppression. We need to have creativity regarding our names instead of obedience, conformity, and uniformity regarding enforced naming. Fascists like to control language, which George Orwell highlighted in 1984. Google wants to control the language regarding how we define our identities. Google’s control of our identities is fascist.”"

    and here:

    “”Finally on the issue of democracy. In some aspects democracy is all about majority rule, but the values of democracy also offer strong protections for minorities therefore diversity is encouraged; tolerance of differing opinions or lifestyle choices is permissible even if the majority objects to innocuous or controversial life-choices. Democracy protects minorities. The emphasis is on fairness, diversity, equality, and tolerance; via leaders elected by majority vote.

    Nobody elected Google but Google must abide by democratic privacy, equality, and human rights laws.”"

    This is a different point of view and in fact there were many good and intelligent comments made by more than a few people …so maybe don’t scroll down and read all of them.

    I have also noted that the big trend of Google+ real name issue has slowly passed away in the stream of other topics…we sure are a short term memory society (?) but I for one will not just let it go and I am so glad you came in to give your thoughts and your information.

    Thank you for that!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 2:02 pm said...

    @laura, coincidentally my (second) “review” was turned down by Google+ today. As I suspected all this nonsense is being perpetrated by a bot. Bots searching for bots so to speak, and I can’t help but appreciate the irony considering it (Google) insists on ‘real’ people.

    So who’s the more REAL here .. an algorithm or me? If this weren’t so serious it would be laughable. Google needs “real” people to intervene, and to clean up it’s act .. especially it’s draconian fascist policy.

    I’m currently writing a post in response to this official response from Google https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts/VJoZMS8zVqU

    Don’t miss it because I’m taking the gloves off.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 3:45 pm said...

    @laura, UPDATE: After unsuccessful attempts to change my profile pic to something more “human” Google+ won’t even allow me ask for another “reconsideration”. If I didn’t know any better I could swear it is out to get me. Losers.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 8:50 pm said...

    @laura, Ok I have a question … why is Thomas Monopoly (aka Dylan M https://plus.google.com/u/0/114035521237052233054/posts?hl=en) allowed on Google+ and not Blog Bloke?

    He’s using a pseudonym. So is Google playing favorites again?

    Any idea how he was able to get Google VP Vic Gundotra intervene?

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    Reply by: Diane (blogneta) at 9:11 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, After reading what Thomas Monopoly said, I believe the it was the situation itself that was warranting an investigation of such a kind that needed clarification or it is my opinion if there was child pornography then charges would have been laid?

    I also have to say that he himself is not approving of the way things were done as in everything being automated.

    Is that playing favorites… wow that is a good question, but in his defense I would also say Thomas aka Dylan M has openly stated “if you continue to forward me the claims I will do my absolute best to pass them along to media outlets who have contacted me regarding widespread account termination claims and hopefully it will compel Google to reassess their current customer support system as Vic Gundotra has said that they are now doing.”

    This says to me that here is a person who understands persecution and is willing to go to bat for others.

    I totally agree with his wording of customer support, because unless the claims against a person is so terrible, there is NO customer support. An automated review is totally unacceptable.

    I am seeing accounts where the images of an account are so not human that unless you are from an alternative reality where the life beings look like deco art etc that I question the way Google is handling everything.

    I firmly believe that you are not alone in being persecuted by bots which is kind of scary no matter how you look at it and I believe that even though the silent majority is with you, that it is going to take the vocal minority who have the moral courage to stand by you and the others who have a valid reason for needing to be exonerated

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:25 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), well I can tell you what happened. Google was worried about a public defamation news story and potential lawsuit, so they capitulated.

    BUT they have now set a precedent by allowing a pseudonym and avatar. What’s good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    Now they HAVE TO allow Blog Bloke.

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    Reply by: laura at 2:46 pm said...


    Wish I could’ve gotten back sooner. I’ve been mostly offline for the past two days, and still haven’t had a chance to catch up on everything.

    @Diane’s comments and excerpts from Scoble’s G+ thread echo my own thoughts almost exactly. On the issue of pseudonyms, Mike Cane wrote an excellent post discussing just that issue a few days ago (http://mikecanex.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/the-google-real-name-policy-is-wrong/ and comments therein), but the example of Orwell is excellent. I wonder how many people know even know that was his pen name!

    It’s definitely ironic that your case seems to be stuck in limbo, being handled (or not, as the case may be), by a bot.

    I didn’t see if you published an update, but from what I can tell Google is not being consistent and the problem seems to be even worse than I imagined. The last news I heard (again via Mike Cane) was that Google had even gagged some employees who had been posting publicly on the issue (http://infotrope.net/2011/07/29/google-is-gagging-employees/).

    The latter is yet another example of their policy being unevenly applied, so while I agree that if they allow Thomas Monopoly, they should allow BlogBloke, they have a history of playing favorites and given the situation, I suspect they can legally do whatever they want (as long as they respect data privacy laws).

    This smells to me like yet another example of Google’s lack of understanding of basic social norms and culture. For all the hype about how Google had finally gotten social networking right with the concept of circles, it just shows me that Google doesn’t understand the first thing about social interaction, self-expression, privacy, personality and culture; circles are just a technical solution to a self-created technical problem (people don’t have this problem in real life). I suspect too that they were genuinely surprised at this situation. I’m sure that there are many smart people at Google who were keenly aware of it, but the fact that Google is gagging some of them just tells me that those in the driver’s seat don’t see the world the way we do.

    Can we ever hope to be treated fairly by any social networking service as long as we’re not the real customers? As long as we’re the ones being sold, Google, Facebook or whoever is offering the service, is only interested in treating us fairly to the extent necessary for us to use the service. That’s it!

    We can only hope that these events will wake people up to the issues. I for one am carefully considering how I’ll use Google services from now on, and I may stop using G+ as well as some other Google services altogether.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 3:39 pm said...

    Hi @laura. From a moral and legal perspective, not applying a policy evenly or fairly is in fact discriminatory. Google sets a precedent when it makes an exception to its own rules. Rules must be applied equally and fairly amongst everyone or nobody at all. That is only right and enforceable in a court of law.

    What’s going on here is too dangerous to ignore and we should all be complaining to our government officials. I’m also interested in organizing a class action lawsuit and wondering if you could assist by getting the word out? Thanks.

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    Reply by: Diane ( Blogneta) at 5:33 pm said...

    @laura, I am sickened by what I am reading on the link that you so kindly gave and I for one thank you!

    Will I be next? I am indeed using my real name and there is a funny story (not) to that one, but that is for another time.. I am on Google+ and I am not condoning and indeed I am doing all I can to advocate for those including BlogBloke who have been unjustly suspended!

    I am frustrated beyond belief!

    How does one fight a ghost,for this is how I feel.. everyone who has been affected by this misuse of power and what is not helping is those people who are so damn sanctimonious about using names without thought of ..hey it could be them next if they do not tow the line!

    At this time I am still using Google+ more to see what is happening…we are but a few people.

    I remember a lesson by Ghandi..maybe we need to do a peaceful protest ..class action suit might also be in order…

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 5:14 pm said...

    @Diane (blogneta), obviously Google isn’t interested in logic or fairness. I think this all boils down to common sense vs. an arrogant megacorporation pushing an agenda down our collective throats and looking out for it’s own interests.

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  16. 2nd UPDATE: An Open Letter to Google+ .. the plot thickens http://t.co/NEGKhhO via @BLOGBloke

  17. @BLOGBloke I believe it was because of the situation and I go further with that thought on your post http://digs.by/ngrwDk

  18. @vicgundotra would like you to personally help @BLOGBloke please read http://digs.by/ngrwDk what is happening to him is wrong.

  19. @alexia what are your thoughts on people like @BLOGBloke being booted from Google plus http://digs.by/ngrwDk There is a story here…

  20. @blogneta You have a new comment @ An Open Letter to Google+ .. Your Policy Is Nuts (with all due respect) http://t.co/NEGKhhO

  21. […] have an interesting policy on your profile and much has been written about it (here is one story).  In summary they are actively enforcing ‘real profiles’; you must use your real name […]

  22. Google's online privacy policy is an oxymoron. Speaking from both sides of it's mouth http://t.co/JliwuHs0

  23. Nice to see Gigaom agrees with me about pseudonyms http://t.co/b5Dxci0u http://t.co/JliwuHs0

  24. @indymike This is how #Googleplus stole my phone number http://t.co/JliwuHs0

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