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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Google+ Gets 20 Million Users

Google+ has broken each and every record in the history of social networking. This is the first ever social networking website, which has grabbed 20 million users while still being in a field trial mode. It has became one of the greatest social networks of all time in just 3 weeks.

And to add more, Google+ is still not available to everyone. It is an invite only website. The maximum number of users are from USA closely followed by India. Surprisingly, China, the world’s most populous country is not even in the top 10 countries with the highest number of users.

Just imagine, when Google+ becomes famous in China, the traffic will increase tremendously and it will lead Google+ to become the top brand in social media market.

Google+ is growing at a rapid speed as compared to its competitors. Facebook, which holds the top position, is terrified from Google+. This can be easily proved as Facebook announced two brand new services(Spotify and video chat feature) soon after the launch of Google+.

Currenly Google+ only offers 4 services. On the other side, Facebook provides infinite number of services to its users. Once Google+ starts working in this field, it will become very tough for Facebook to retain its top position.

Do you think that Facebook will meet its end like MySpace did?

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