This Is Why Google+ Sucks.

My name is “James H. Peterson III.” It has been all my life. James, plus a middle initial, plus the last name of Peterson, which occurs some 266,109 times in the United States making it the 68th most common last name, and the common suffix of III. This should not confuse Google. This should not require a “review” by Google. This should not effectively shut down my account for who knows how long either. But no:

“Your profile is currently under review to make sure it is in compliance with the Google+ Names Policy and User Content and Conduct Policy. Reviews are typically completed within a few days.

During this time, you won’t be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Reader, and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.”

I think my favourite part of the Google “review” process was where it asked me to upload copies of two forms of identification. It suggested my driver’s license and passport. Personally, I don’t care that much- not even close to that much. The plug-ins for WordPress that connect to Google+ hardly work, particularly if you are trying to export content. And the only Blogger plug-ins out there seem only export from Blogger to WordPress. Maybe this is why Google+ is not doing well compared to Facebook? Yeah, it’s doing “well enough,” but given Google’s resources, and supposed “know how,” it should be doing better. Perhaps it’s the autobots being in-charge, or maybe their censorship, or perhaps the fact that they actually do do evil that’s the problem?

But, like I said, I don’t care enough to waste any more time on it.

Pax Tibi, James H. Peterson III

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  1. So now, after almost three days, Google+ has decided that I am me. How charming.

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