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



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".




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.




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)




Plurk -


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




The Pitfall of Early Adoption


Google + and the Future of Avatar Identity


What's in a name?


Google + Doesn't Look Second Life Friendly



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Taken on July 8, 2011