Will Google's 'normal names' policy kill Google+?
Did you read about +Violet Blue
's weekend? The popular writer and sex educator nearly quit all Google services out of frustration with Google's "Normal Names" policy. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/violetblue/google-plus-too-much-unnecessary-drama/652
Google calls their policy its "Real Names" policy. I call it their "Normal Names" policy because they don't flag, police or ban names that Google considers "normal" or acceptably commonplace. For Violet Blue, in fact, the only way she could have escaped having her account suspended would have been to lie and make up a name. https://plus.google.com/113117251731252114390/posts/XtkGjGsBA3V
Had she invented a name, say, Janet Smith, Google wouldn't have harassed her because they consider Janet Smith a "normal" name.
So Google's policy actually provides a strong incentive for people to use a fake name, and provides no incentive for people to use a real name, because if they do so and have the wrong kind of name, Google will harass.
Google's solution for Violet Blue, which was to do a mini-investigation and determine that Violet Blue is a "real" name, doesn't scale.
Google+ success and Google's "real names" policy. Google has to pick one.