Heh -- it was showing up on my G+ feed, right next to a big red square asking me to give them the name of the town where I live. NOPE!+Matt Moran
I was able to link my YT account to a dead-end G+ "page," after doing a bit of research. But that should absolutely have been the default, rather than having to opt OUT of using my G+ identity, "real name," photo, etc.
(I don't have a problem with demanding some level of accountability for comments, but I think that requiring persistent pseudonyms, having a mechanic for banning multiple accounts, and having a reputation system where repeatedly-downvoted commenters are muted -- that last one would require some work, though, to avoid abuse and harassing downvotes of people with unpopular or controversial opinions.)+Richard Magnano
, I don't want to accept that. I've used a persistent pseudonym for more than a decade (I'm wryly amused that it isn't
the name I use here, because I wasn't allowed to use a mononym), I'm well-known under that name, I have friends who call me by that name IN PERSON on occasion, my nametag at events has both my real name and my nym, etc.
However, I'm very cautious about sharing information that would enable people to track me down physically -- I'm EASY to find, because of my rare surname. I'd prefer NOT to have YouTube randos showing up at my door, thanks -- or randos from anywhere else on the internet, for that matter.
I want to be able to participate in discussions, enjoy my fandoms and hobbies, share personal information in filtered posts (NOT on this site), etc., and it's important to me to be aware of what information is being shared with whom, and in what manner.
I didn't consent to being outed as female or to have my picture shared on YouTube (in fact, my YT profile is so bland as to be nonexistent -- I have a private list of favorite videos, and I've left a few comments over the years, but nothing of great consequence.) With that said, it was
a nasty shock, and a violation of privacy, to have an action performed which I had REPEATEDLY declined (Dear Google: No means fucking NO), to have my accounts linked in a trackable fashion, AND to have my YT pseudonym linked with this account, where I post publicly.
I realize that companies are collecting and selling my data behind the scenes. It's an uncomfortable fact of life. However, I did not consent to having that information publicly shared with others on a site notorious
for harassment and abuse, and I'm pretty fucking angry about it, to be honest.
I've rectified the damage, by connecting that account to a dead-end page. But I'm hoping that Google listens, and that fewer people have to deal with that shock in the future -- and/or that people with reason to fear for their safety don't have a target painted on their backs by a company looking to maximize pageviews.
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Since this is the version of the post being shared, I'll C&P a comment that I just left for +Edward Morbius
Thanks for the heads-up!!
I will say, if I understand the thrust of your argument correctly, I disagree about G+ not having plazas -- I've encountered so many people here, who would never have crossed social spheres with me otherwise. And this is speaking as someone who has a pretty widespread network of friends all over the world -- this is the only site where I have extended conversations with complete strangers.
I'm generally a walled-garden person -- I'm still a LiveJournal-using dinosaur. I prefer deliberately choosing who gets access to my thoughts and personal information -- G+ is a space, to me, to talk about larger issues as well as minutiae.
I think that the working hashtags are a step in the right direction, so that people who are following a particular topic can find discussions that they wouldn't have otherwise encountered. And this is the only site where I regularly post on a public setting -- everything else is under my persistent pseudonym that I've used for a decade-plus, and Facebook (which I avoid like the plague, if I can, but there are people I want to keep in touch with, who have migrated there and aren't budging) gets a different persistent pseudonym, because I'm damned if I want random bio-family members tracking me down.
That's the direction things are going, though -- I'm deeply concerned that the days of the persistent pseudonym (which I do think allows for respectful discourse and earned reputation) are numbered, if Google has anything to say about it.
It's a damned shame, because it's going to silence a lot of voices who would otherwise be heard . . . but who don't want to be posting under a name which is effortlessly accessible by family, exes, employers, government agencies, etc.