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My Google+ Profile has been suspended because I'm using my Second Life avatar identity

WHAT HAPPENED

 

Opensource Obscure, the name of my Second Life avatar, is the only way I'm known on the Internet.

The Community Standards of Google say "use the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you" and in my case, that's "Opensource Obscure". Still, my profile is currently suspended because of the name I chose.

 

The suspension started on 2011/07/08 morning (Italian time).

 

A dozen of hours later, after review of my appeal, the Google Profiles Support Team determined that "Opensource Obscure" name violates their Community Standards and told me "Google Profiles requires you to use the name that you commonly go by in daily life. You can review our Community Standards at www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/answer.py?answer=1228271".

  

WHAT TO DO?

 

Talk about this. Let your friends know. Be aware your Google+ profile may be suspended as well

If you're on Google+, you can use the "Send Feedback" link in the right-lower corner to explain Google that a Second Life nickname/picture can be a legit identity to use. Note that this could bring attention to your current profile.

  

COVERAGE

 

Best coverage is -once again- by Tateru Nino. As soon as I made my issue public, she wrote an insightful article which explained my issue. In a related follow-up, she pointed out why pseudonyms make sense - and why the Google stance on this topic is contradictory. Another good article by Tateru is Of nyms and names.

 

Other coverage in reverse chronlogical order

 

New York Times: No Pseudonyms Allowed: Is Google Plus's Real Name Policy a Good Idea?

 

Pointing out the obvious: Google+'s "No-Pseudonyms" Policy is Homophobic, Not Just Anti-Social

 

Lauren Weinstein: Google+'s "Identity" Controversy: No Easy Answers

 

thechromesource: Google’s Google + Account Culling

 

Terra Nova: Google+ to Second Lifers: Get Real

 

ReadWriteWeb: No Pseudonyms Allowed: Is Google Plus's Real Name Policy a Good Idea?

 

Cnet: Google+ faces thorny online identity issues

 

Business Insider: Google Will Not Allow Google+ Profiles With Fake Names

(also on Yahoo! Finance, San Francisco Chronicle)

 

Discussions

 

Plurk www.plurk.com/p/d6evko - www.plurk.com/p/d5x56w

 

Google+ Discuss: Real Life Name required?

 

Metafilter: We Don't Care If You Are A Member of the Gorillaz. Let's See Some ID

 

SLUniverse: Here we go again, Google+ culls "fake" profiles

 

Gareth Halfacree on thinq_: Google carries out account cull on Google+. Virtual identies targeted for removal

 

Second Life residents

 

G+ and Beyond - What's Your Target?

 

No Google Plus for Avatars

 

Kara Trapdoor Is Real

 

Pseudonymous suicide – living minus Google+

 

Rodvik makes The Mark; I get philosophical about virtual identity

 

Peers

 

The Pitfall of Early Adoption

 

Google + and the Future of Avatar Identity

 

What's in a name?

 

Google + Doesn't Look Second Life Friendly

 

FREE OPENSOURCE OBSCURE! by Torley

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Taken on July 8, 2011