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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Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister Leaves Facebook

Randi Zuckerberg, the marketing director of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s sister has left her job at Facebook. She resigned from her post after returning from a three month long maternity leave. Facebook has confirmed this news and stated that,”We are grateful for her important service”.

Randi announced that she will be launching her own social networking website, RotZ Media, which will aim at socializing business on the Internet.

Randi Zuckerberg was an employee of Facebook ever since its launch and she said that it was one of the toughest decisions of her life to leave Facebook.

“I have spent my years at Facebook pouring my heart and soul into innovating and pushing the media industry forward by introducing new concepts around live, social, participatory viewing that the media industry has since adopted,” Randi added.

According to Zuckerberg, her future website will work with media in new and more social ways and interaction with media will be innovative rather than a formality.

At this point of time, we cannot say much about RotZ Media as no information about it is available at the moment but one thing about which we are sure is that Facebook will try to fill her position as soon as possible as Facebook’s business relies on marketing mostly.

And who knows, we might find a familiar face from other companies at Facebook.

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Social Networking Between Teachers And Students Prohibited By Missouri Senate

Missouri Senate has prohibited teachers and students from any type of social networking. In most basic terms, this means that no teacher can be a Facebook friend of any student.

Missouri Senate drafted a bill(Bill 54) according to which teachers and students are banned from having any contact on any social network which is exclusive and provides mode of private communication.

Some experts say that this may be a step to ensure ethical communication between teachers and students. According to reports, this bill is designed to prevent any misconduct of children by teachers and in some cases, vice versa.

Though this bill sounds good theoretically, but in practical life, it will be difficult for authorities to detect any type of “unethical social relationship”.

Recently there was a case where a student abused his teacher on Facebook and was expelled from his school on disciplinary grounds. This bill aims to prevent this kind of misconduct.

The reception of this bill by public is mixed as some openly criticize it while others declare that this bill will ensure a healthy relationship between teachers and students.

What do you guys think? Will just an enactment of a bill be able to ensure an “ethical relationship” between teachers and students?

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Leak : Microsoft’s Social Search Engine On The Way ?

Though not much of a surprise, but still the news that Microsoft is planning to launch a new social search engine is big. It seems that Microsoft is getting ready to enter the social networking market which is the most used service on the world wide web.

A Web Page was discovered by some users that linked to a service called “Tulalip” which had an introductory message reading,“With Tulalip, you can find what you need and share what you know easier than ever.”

This Web Page was found at Socl.com, which was acquired by Microsoft last year. Since social media is a hot topic these days, it was almost expected from Microsoft to launch a social media platform against its rivals Google and Facebook.

Microsoft is facing a tough time as its Windows mobile platform stands nowhere near the Android in the smartphone market. We think that in order to remain in competition with Google, Microsoft is trying to introduce a competitor for Google+, which already is a huge success despite of it being in field trial stage.

This leak was pulled off from the web within 24 hours and Microsoft responded to queries by saying, “Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the Web.”

What do you guys think? Was the leak staged by Microsoft to get attention or was it really a ‘mistake’.

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Facebook Bans Google+ Advert ?

Not satisfied with making it hard for Google+ users to import their friend contact information, Facebook now has reportedly banned an advertisement that asked Facebook users to follow a particular person on Google+.

Michael Lee Johnson, a web developer, has reportedly been banned from Facebook after his advertisement came into the limelight. He created an ad to publicize his profile on Google+ which asked other users to follow him.

Johnson posted on his Google + profile that he got a message from Facebook saying that his account had been disabled and all of his adverts had been stopped because it violated Facebook’s “Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines”. No specific violations were provided by Facebook.

It will be interesting to see the future of social networking as both of these giants won’t stop until one of them leaves the field. Furthermore, with rumors of Microsoft launching its own social networking platform, this war will intensify for sure.

Though Google+ is still in field trial stage, grabbing 10 million users just in two weeks has made Facebook uneasy. Facebook recently launched a video chat feature in collaboration with Skype as a response to Google+.

Whoever wins this race of social media, one thing is for sure that the common user will be benefited from the increasing competition as it will force the competitors to provide the best services to its end users.

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