Maybe This is Why Google+ Struggles?

This post is a third corroborating link

Can I use my non-fake name, please?

I recently wrote a blog post elsewhere where I mentioned Google+ had a future because it’s connected to everything important. Its empire is broad, its vision is strong – if scattered a little too much – self-driving cars?** Ok?!?! And then as a result of new employment for an online marketing firm, I decided to join Google+ rather than just observe how others used it.

Not difficult to get it started, but not the most intuitive, either. After I logged into my existing Gmail account, I did not see the Temple+ in the corner as an invitation to connect. In fact, I just noticed that today as I get ready to appeal.

Instead, of that shortcut, I hit the “More” tab at the top of the page and clicked the “Even More” link to get the big list of things that Google does, scrolling way down to the Social section.

I started entering the basic personal info like I’ve done a thousand times before and hit Enter.

As I tried to go further, I got this notice (and screenshot, left):

Names on Google+
The name you’ve provided doesn’t look like a name to our system. If this is a business name, please sign up with your own name and then create a Google+ Page for your business. If this is an alternate name (such as a nickname, maiden name, or name in another script), please sign up with your full name; you can add this alternate name once you’ve signed up.

If the name you want to use is in fact the name you commonly use, you can help us to correct our mistake by submitting an appeal.

Google says the appeal takes less than 24 hours, but then elsewhere says it takes a few days. It’s been a few days. In seeking to appeal, Google asks for corroborating links and, get this, “Offline documents: Attach scans of official documents (such as a photo ID or passport), newspaper articles, or other printed media that refer to you by this name.

Because we should have to show a photo ID or passport to vote. Excuse me, to get a f__kin’ Google+ account.

For corroborating links I sent my Linked In profile and Yahoo search for my name. (I would’ve done Bing, too, but it was completely useless, offering just one link that had anything to do with me.)

I appealed and heard nothing. Now when I log into my account it straight up says it’s suspended.

After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names Policy.

While suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Reader, and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.

If you changed your name in accordance with our policies, please submit an appeal and we will review your profile again.

If you believe that your profile has been suspended in error, please submit your profile for reconsideration.

Your profile will be reviewed again and re-enabled if it complies with the Google+ Names Policy. Reviews are usually completed within a few days.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience.

We understand that Google+ and its Names Policy may not be for everyone at this time. We’d be sad to see you go, but if you do choose to leave, make a copy of your Google+ data first. Then, click here to disable Google+.

So, not only am I not progressing with my Google+ goal, I’m actually going backwards in my relationship with and use of Google. I’ve had a Gmail account for several years tmanstark@gmail.com; it’s also had Temple Stark attached to it as my name, because, you know, it is my name. I’m logged in under that name, as I try to get Google+. Yet, Google’s algorithms don’t extend to being able to reach across a very very very narrow line to make that connection.

I’m submitting a second appeal, adding this very post as a corroborating link. Seriously, what true gain is there in Google caring about whether a few profiles are under false names. And I’ve heard from several people that they and their friends have fake profiles under fake names, no problem.

The tagline for Google+ is “Real-life sharing, rethought for the web.” Google, you might want to rethink some more… And while you’re doing that, give me a Google+ profile, so I might enjoin myself to your service and learn to enjoy it. And spread the Google gospel, because that’s what Temple’s are good for, too.

(** OK, self-driving cars is actually pretty cool. Something potentially useful, if it can be more fuel efficient. Still, a greater focus on better efficiency might actually work better and be more useful. I think Google wants self-driving cars so they can deploy thousands of them more cheaply to improve and broaden Google Maps.)

<b>UPDATED</B> Since I still can, I was entering more information to my Google profile and i discovered without me entering anything that Google had found my Flickr profile – shockingly called templestark, I try to keep it simple- and some Yahoo Pulse profile ??? which goes to a new e-mail I set up mere weeks ago for Fantasy Football – still using templestark as the name. Though Google had added it to my profile (and apparently I can’t remove it though I can say whether to make it public)