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Google+ starts a mysterious account shutdown

Users minus their Plus accounts
Mon Jul 25 2011, 17:01

THE 'DON"T BE EVIL' internet search giant Google has earned itself a fresh wave of criticism by deleting a number of Plus social networking accounts without so much as a word.

Although many accounts shuffled away from the Google coil this weekend, the firm has declined to offer much information about why, only pausing to say that it had some difficult decisions to make about its services.

This won't help users, which include one ex-Googler, who are without access to their accounts.

Robert Scoble, who at one time dominated the Plus rankings, has spoken to Vic Gondutra, who is a VP at Google, about the problems with Google+ and has come to the conclusion that the frozen accounts were due to a push for high standards at the firm.

"I talked with Google VP Vic Gundotra tonight. He is reading everything we have written about names, and such. Both pro and con. He says he is making some tough choices and that he will be judged over time [based on] how those choices turn out," said Scoble.

"He says that he is trying to make sure a positive tone gets set here. Like when a restaurant doesn't allow people who aren't wearing shirts to enter. He says it isn't about real names. He says he isn't using his legal name here. He says, instead, it is about having common names and removing people who spell their names in weird ways, like using upside-down characters, or who are using obviously fake names, like 'god' or worse."

Although the firm went about shutting down Google+ accounts in the shadows, Gundotra said it will start being more open, and by this we read "less evil".

"He says they have made some mistakes while doing the first pass at this and they are learning," added Scoble. "He also says the team will change how they communicate with people. [That is], let them know what they are doing wrong." µ

 

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