Today people were tweeting/writing about the new google+ names policies. Well. I just went through it and it involves many screens and an appeal into the Kafkaesqe googleplex that takes up to 3 days before they approve your name request. I think they should to this to EVERY user cause how do I know your name “is” David Smith…it just doesn’t trigger their dictionaries prompting inquiry into the legitimacy of your name…Ok but I digress…lets see how this works.
First you are discouraged from changing your name and limited to the frequency you can do so. You have to click “change name” to do anything.
Then my Name doesn’t meet their Names Policy (at least they dropped the name violation language).
I clicked on the “Click here” to submit an appeal
More are you sure….
Really sure you know what your name is….
Now you can fill out the form….
I put my e-mail address as Kaliya@identitywoman.net (yes I have that one).
I linked to my blog, twitter and a Read Write Web news article that refrences me that way.
For extra documents I uploaded the Laws of Identity that lists me in the opening paragraph amongst all my professional colleagues as “Identity Woman Kaliya.” You know if you having your name listed in the thankyous of the Laws of Identity as your profile name on google – I don’t know what will qualify.
Andrew Nash the head of Identity at Google is friends with a bunch of us in case you need to know the context Googlers – googling the laws to confirm my/their legitimacy.
We shall see…
Not hearing anything at the e-mail address I submitted to them as my e-mail address. I re-appealed. And of course had to do extra cognitive work to not hit the very attractive blue “cancel” button along the way. This then appeared inside my profile page.
So we shall see….