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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Facebook To Reward Security Experts For Reporting Bugs

The social networking giant has begun offering a certain amount of bounty to security experts who will find bugs in the social network and report it to the Facebook administration. The basic bounty for “certain qualifying” bugs has been set to $500.

This is the first time ever that any social networking site is going to pay its active users in return of their services. This feature is also seen by many experts as a way to counter the popularity of Google+.

The Palo Alto based company said that,”Our security team will assess each bug to determine if qualifies”. Furthermore it stated that the bounty of $500 is a base price and it can be increased if the vulnerability reported is big.

It is worth noting that Facebook is desperately trying to improve its security features as its arch nemesis Google+ openly boasts about its tight security.

Facebook recently hired George Hotz, who was sued by Sony Corp. for “degrading its product”. He hacked the PlayStation 3 and is the first person in the history to jailbreak the iPhone.

This is another attempt of the social giant to attract top security experts who give their services to many notable sites.

Will offering bounties help Facebook grow?

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Users Getting Bored Of Google+?

A few days back, every tech blog was raving about Google+ being the strongest competitor Facebook has ever seen. But users are now finding Google+ not as interesting as they thought it would be when it was launched.

Google+ started superbly with record 10 million users in its first week. It was said that Facebook’s days were gone and Google+ will mark the beginning of a new era. Ranging from startup blogs, even blogging giants were covering great success of Google+. But recent data shows that Google+ traffic has fallen due to users spending very less time on it.

According to a company called Experian Hitwise, Google+’s traffic fell nearly 3.7%. At the first look, this data seems insignificant but if you consider the total population on Google+, which is more than 20 million, it depicts a hell lot of users.

There can be several reasons for Google+ traffic loss. The major reason is that it is still in field testing stage which restricts users to join it without an invitation from an existing member. Another reason is that Google+ is not yet open for organizations which means no fan pages like Facebook.

Though these stats will not be a problem for Google+ in near future, but if it is planning to replace Facebook, this should prove to be a wake up call for it.

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