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I still don't use Google+. See "Links" on my profile.
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Google quietly moved confidential docs (uploaded at the insistence of clients) to my "Google Drive" under its new terms, which state that it can do whatever the hell it likes with them. DELETE DELETE!
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Google+ seems quiet. Too quiet.
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I'm waiting for them to rescind the "real name" policy and then I will start posting again. Might be a long wait, though.
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A metagamer's take on being banned from Google+. Note that they blocked Pixeleen's Gmail access as well.

Also, if you look up the help on how to "downgrade" from Google+, it says you will lose access to "some services" but doesn't say which. So, who's going to press that button?
Exactly who owns my G+ social graph - and why won't Google let me download it anymore? I was a relatively early Google+ user and spent the last few weeks
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Schneier reacts to Google's Schmidt http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/12/my_reaction_to.html

As I have said here. Don't give anything to Google that you don't mind to be absolutely public.
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“ Google staff apparently guess whether a name on a Google profile is the name you “go by in daily life”, suspend the profile (and your associated Google Plus account) if they don’t think it is and then require you to somehow prove that that is what people routinely call you. There apparently isn’t any standard of proof available, other than sending them links to LinkedIn profiles or scans of photo ID.”

I am routinely, daily called by several other names that aren't on Photo ID or LinkedIn. I'm known by these names. I publish software and make other products and conduct business under them. But Google will no doubt delete them anyway.

Evil empire, anyone?
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So Google, where's the RSS feed of my Google+ stream, or is this going to be all about lock-in and eyeballs for your ads, perchance?
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You should consider counselling. ;)
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Still no Flickr integration for Google+, I see.
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Flickr hasn't changed much, but it seems fine to me. I can set things up to auto-post Flickr stuff to Facebook. Flickr is also integrated with other people's software.

When I looked in on G+ some time ago I was told "it's new, APIs are coming". Nothing has come. I think Google are dragging their feet and trying to create a Google-only ecosystem.
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Turn tea party rhetoric into wisdom with one simple substitution.
Did you ever watch one of those football blooper reels, where guys run for touchdowns in the wrong direction? Sometimes they look really good doing it: fast, agile, determined. None of their t......
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Little people don't deserve pseudonymity because they'll misbehave. How like totalitarian dictators FB and G+ sound. These social worlds are polities, and the governments are corporations. Terms of service and community standards are laws and social contracts. Any Second Life user can tell you that, and just how unjust these corporations are to their user-citizens.

One problem here is that Google's law enforcement is much more effective than Facebook's. If you're going to enforce laws, they'd better be a lot more subtle than a page of vague “community standards”, and your police will need training and discretion. None of these things seems to have dawned on Google.
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If you think Google's asshattery over names is a reason to go back to Facebook, think again.
The Nymwars rage on. Over the past several weeks Google has been engaged in a very public struggle with its users over its “real names” policy on Google+, prompting blog posts and editorials debating ...
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Google's justification of its “real names” policy is so hollow. They're hiding something.
Google+ is the latest social network to demand people's real names. But why do they need them?
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This is worth (re-)reading, since a challenger has appeared.
Why I hate FaceBook. Gareth Rees, 2009-10-25. I'm sure FaceBook is fine for keeping track of what your friends are up to, but it seriously sucks for serious discussion. Seriously. I can't link...
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... and you wrote it before facebook decided to disable return in comments which (although it can be circumvented) has made a lot of longer responses horrid blocks of text.
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