It looks like Google isn’t ready to give up on that name thing just yet. After battling long and hard to stick to their guns regarding pseudonyms, Google is running into problems with people who want to use their Real Names. A Australian blogger, whose legal name is Stilgherrian, was banned from Google+ for not using a name that complied to Google’s overly-strict policy.
Stilgherrian, who legally changed his name to a monomer over 30 years ago, has written a blog post about his experience with Google+. I’ll warn you now that this is an R-rated post with strong language. Click through to it at your own risk.
Basically, he signed up for Google+ using his real information. When he reached the end of the form, he was told he had to put something into the ‘Last Name’ field. He used a period, despite not actually having a last name. His profile was suspended a short time later, with Google claiming he wasn’t complying with the Names Policy.
Here’s where it gets interesting: He was in complete compliance with that policy. The policy says that you have to use the name that you are commonly called. He did that, and they still kicked it back. It seems like Google is using an algorithm (go figure) to analyze who’s name is real.
The most upsetting about this story is that he has tried to tell them that he is using his real name. Google has not bothered talk to him about it, instead sending him form emails stating that if he “wants to change his name to fit the policy,” they would be happy to have him on Google+.
This is just outrageous. While Google has the right to defend its policy, they have to consider those whose names are outside of the “standard” model. I know many people who legally have only one name, like Stilgherrian, and thus cannot use Google+. Shame on you Google. Shame on you.