Google+’s Real Name Rules Are “Abuse Of Power”: A Microsoft Researcher

A Microsoft researcher by the name of Dana Boyd openly criticized the “Real Name” policy of Google+ calling it an “abuse of power” by the tech giant. This news comes amidst the so called “bogus patents” feud between Google and Microsoft.

According to the “real name” policy of Google+, users cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames in their profiles. Earlier, Google+ used to delete the accounts which were found to violate this policy but now a days it has started giving the users a chance to provide their real name if they don’t want their account suspended.

Dana Boyd said that,” ‘Real names’ policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.” She stated that the people who use pseudonyms are the ones who are most marginalized by power structures.

Though the statement of Dana Boyd is genuine but it has come at a time when Microsoft and Google are playing the “blame game” openly.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also rumored to launch its social platform in the coming months. Hence this statement though not of Microsoft, is being seen as a declaration of social war.

We think that this “Real Names” policy is rubbish and there is no need of such kind of dumb “policies” especially on a leading social network.

Do you agree with Dana Boyd or support this “policy” of Google+?

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Twitter’s Worth Reaches $8.4 Billion After Funding

The micro blogging giant has become a $8.4 billion company due to a “significant” round of funding from companies worldwide. Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm known for its investment in various social networking sites has contributed a “generous amount” to Twitter.

Officially, no financial details were disclosed but if insider claims are taken into account, the San Francisco based social networking giant raised nearly $800 million which was rounded to $8.4 billion after the deal.

It was also said that Twitter will take 50% of this investment and the rest will be spent for buying the shares of the existing share holders.

Twitter has nearly 600 employees and seeing the success rate of this social network, we won’t be surprised if we see more investments like this in future.

After the launch of Google+, Facebook’s competition with Twitter was sort of finished. As Facebook and Google+ are fighting continuously for the crown of best social network, Twitter played a smart game by staying out of their fight.

Though Twitter is not big as both Facebook and Google, still its growth rate shows that it could beat them in a couple of years if it keeps on growing at a fast pace.

Will Twitter introduce some new features if it keeps on securing huge investments like this?

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Google Introduces Better Search Experience For Tablets

In order to provide tablet users with a better search experience, Google has optimized its interface. This move has been made mainly to attract iPad and Android based tablet users.

This new feature has come after a series of changes that Google was adding to its other web based services like Gmail and Google+. The new design is a basic one and no extra feature has been added.

The main thing that Google has done here is to provide users with an easy to use interface by which they can access their content more easily.

It was always a little bit of trouble for touch device users to explore the content using Google as the search button earlier was small.

The redesign solves this problem as it has a larger search button with more white space and exclusive visual styles all of which are user friendly.

Google is doing its best to beat its competitors in the user interface field. Recently, it was complained that the user interface of Google+ is not as good as that of Facebook.

We seriously hope that Google keeps on improving its existing features so as to provide its users with the best.

Let us know your views about this new interface.

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