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Raj Rijhwani
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"Every time I visit Google+, sad to say, there's an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I associate the service with accidentally clicking the wrong button in Gmail or Google Calendar or Google Maps, or being forced to sign in for some random reason."

Yup.  That sums it up.  Apart from now, when I am deliberately posting this link, I have not interacted with G+ deliberately for over 18 months.  And apart from this aberration, by way of a perfect explanation, I'm not about to start.  If you ever see me on here, assume it is a mistake driven by my use of YouTUBE or (perhaps) gmail.  Rest assured there will never be any other reason.

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OK, my account's still here after all, so here's something close to my heart:

Bellings (the cooker manufacturers) are polling for their charity for their centenary year, 2012. Several causes in the running, but this is one I actively support - Trussell Trust Foodbanks, who provide direct practical support for ordinary people needing it right here and now, who would otherwise be going hungry. Quite appropriate for a cooker manufacturer. They currently lead the poll, but the more support the better. I would be grateful if you voted in support, and also spread the word. Thanks. http://j.mp/AjLcOT

(Unfortunately the poll is a Facebook app so anyone not on Facebook, sorry - it's a waste of your time. I would suggest voting - which requires allowing the app access to your profile - then disabling the app again immediately.)

After only just arriving, I'm leaving G+. Here's why. http://bit.ly/noiKLM

After barely any time on board, I find it is time to leave. They already have too much. Sorry, but cynicism wins through again.

Google's business is about collecting and monetising other people's information. Just as I expected, in this case that information is YOU. They want to own YOUR identity. If you thought Facebook was invasive, Google clearly intend to take it to a whole new level. All they have to do is put in a bid for Experian, and you will be a complete open book to whoever they choose to sell to.

To quote:
Andy Carven caught up with Google Executive Chairman Eric Scmhidt at the Edinburgh International TV Festival and asked him about real names and Google+. His answer was mind-blowing:

"G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they're going to build future products that leverage that information . . . G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it. It's obvious for people at risk if they use their real names, they shouldn't use G+ . . . The internet would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward. "

Suggestions: +Robert Scoble... Err, no thanks. I only removed him two days ago.

I'm not sure why I'm following +Robert Scoble. I'm sure he used to be He far from being a meaningful commentator, he just floods the streams with incessant dross, to no apparent end than attracting attention to +Robert Scoble. I seem to see nothing but his posts, but have yet to read ANYthing of interest. Whatever possessed me?

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Yay for British technology. NPL Provides the world's most accurate time standard: http://bbc.in/qyPHB9
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