Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Google + is hunting for nicknames

The search engine Google, which launched there about a month a social networking competitor Facebook, said Monday that its policy for managing aliases, prohibited by the terms and conditions of service. During the weekend, Google had removed a large number of accounts using aliases, without warning their creators, causing a wave of protests.

"We have noticed that many violations of rules on Google + names were honest mistakes, and our practices for those users could be frustrating and disappointing," said Bradley Horowitz, one of the leaders of the project. "We are putting in place a number of improvements to our procedures - particularly on how we warn users that their account is not in compliance with our policy." In the future, holders of an account under a pseudonym will be notified that account will be deleted if they do not use their real name.

In three weeks, Google's social network has attracted about 20 million unique visitors, according to figures from the consulting firm Comscore.

An impressive start, but still very far from the figures given by Facebook, which claims 750 million active users.

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