Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Jul 2014 10:39 UTC

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

Good move, but Google+? Who cares about Google+?

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Play Store reviews require Google+
by rklrkl on Wed 16th Jul 2014 15:24 UTC
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Quite a while back, Google changed the Play Store reviews policy so that you had to have a Google+ account to review an Android app/game on the store. It's a very arbitrary restriction, because for years before, a simple Gmail store account would allow you to review an app/game and I can't see what Google+ brings to the act of simply reviewing an app/game.

So I joined Google+ because of this and was appalled - like all the other social networks I suspect - at how much was set to share with the entire world by default. After many sections (and probably 40+ settings that I changed), I finally isolated my Google+ account from having anything visible.

Needless to say, the next new feature added to Google+ automatically set for the world to see in my account without even asking me first. So now I have to periodically log into Google+ just to check my options don't have anything turned on.

Since, then the Google Play Games system sprung into action, which actually is useful, but again defaults to the world seeing your info and I have to turn that all off when the dialogue pops up.

Yes, I know this is me being "anti-social" on a social network, but I can't be the only one who doesn't want the social features of Google+?

Edited 2014-07-16 15:26 UTC

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