WASPonym account and use that to post trashing reviews.
What Google’s full name policy will stop is honest but somewhat negative reviews from actual customers who value their privacy.
Zagat understood this. The Zagat guides removed identity information when compiling their reviews. But then Google bought Zagat, and now you can see historical Zagat reviews, but you can’t submit a review unless you consent to having your full name splashed all over the restaurant’s reviews page. You can’t even review a place just for friends. Historical anonymous and pseudonymous reviews have been republished under the name “A Google User”, but someone high up has clearly dictated that pseudonyms and anonymity will no longer be permitted. I’m guessing Vic Gundotra, the VP responsible for setting Google+ name policy.
Last year we were told Google had learned from its mistakes, but I’m really not seeing any evidence of that. It seems as though Google is going to keep strongarming people into publishing their full names all over the Internet, at least as long as Gundotra is in charge.
I’m getting tired of it all. I’m thinking of giving up on Google+. I’m definitely looking for an alternative for restaurant info. What are other people using? © mathew 2017
© mathew 2017