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

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
rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

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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bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

Hardly the only one. I was forced to root my phone to get rid of some of this ~!@#$. If I had a real choice other than Windows phone or iPhone I would dump Google/Android.

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kurkosdr Member since:
2011-04-11

Yes, I know this is me being "anti-social" on a social network


Google is the most anti-social company out there, even more than Facebook. I remember once, I was in a net-cafe terminal which didn't have adblock, and clicked on a google ad, and then youtube bombarded me with videos that were the same topic as the ad.

Now, I don't have a problem with targeted advertising, or even with ad cookies, but ad cookies polluting my youtube feed is too much.

So... you are not "anti-social" on a social network, you are doing the smart thing and use Google+ only when forced to, because it's not really a social network but a thinly veiled attempt by Google to build a super-profile of you.

Edited 2014-07-16 18:24 UTC

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allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

"Yes, I know this is me being "anti-social" on a social network


Google is the most anti-social company out there, even more than Facebook. I remember once, I was in a net-cafe terminal which didn't have adblock, and clicked on a google ad, and then youtube bombarded me with videos that were the same topic as the ad.

Now, I don't have a problem with targeted advertising, or even with ad cookies, but ad cookies polluting my youtube feed is too much.
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That's the pay you receive when you use Google. You are using their services for free, and this free thing needs a payment in the form of ads.

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