This may well be my final post via this medium. The Google Name Police have finally gotten around to taking me to task for my use of a pseudonym as my primary profile name. This is despite the fact that said pseudonym has been my sole identity on the internet since 2004, and is an established part of my identity; and never mind the irony of the fact that I came up with it when I started my personal blog, All Your Blogs Are Belong to Us, on Blogger.com (a Google product) in May of '04.
As you might guess, I'm none too happy about this. I understand the reasoning. What I don't understand is why the typically good folks at Google can't just take the time to look at who I am before summarily assuming that I'm trying to be someone else and probably up to no good. That has never been my intent, nor will it ever be; any of the large number of real-life friends that I've made via the Internet would attest to this.
My name is and always has been my personal brand online; I have no intention of dumping it and starting over just to suit Google.
I now have three days in which to appeal this decision and provide proof that I am a real person before becoming banned from Google+ and several related products based on the Google Profile. I fully expect to succeed in that effort, but if I do not, you'll always still be able to find me on Twitter (@ajinnashville), Facebook (http://facebook.com/ajinnashville), and of course, my blogs, Predators AJenda (http://predatorsajenda.ajinnashville.com) and All Your Blogs Are Belong to Us (http://allurblogs.blogspot.com) Heh...at least they're not kicking me off'a THAT one.
I'll hopefully soon have some good news for you regarding this, but if not, take care and continue to create well!
Eight days and three rounds of appeals later, I have emerged victorious in my effort to retain the only name I have ever used on the Internet.
AJ will keep on bein' AJ here on G+ and elsewhere in the Googleverse. My Google profile was suspended for my alleged violation of the Big G's Names Policy. I appealed and after they took a closer look at me individually, I won the right to continue using AJ in Nashville as my primary identity.
I'm obviously jazzed about winning my case, but I'm happier still for the realization that there are still big companies in the world who actually care about applying common sense in the face of sometimes necessarily gray-area circumstances. I asked them to look at who I am on the web instead of making an assumption based on the circumstances of others. And guess what? They did!
So kudos to you, G. Score one for the little guy, and score one for the Big Guy too!
My Blog is me:
Oh yeah, and the other me is a hockey geek:
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