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Google+ managed to register a staggering 25 million visitors in its first month, something which it took Facebook three years to achieve

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First published 06-08-2011
Last week, we introduced you to Google+ which is Google's answer to Facebook - the very popular social networking website.
Well, according to the Los Angeles Times, Google+ managed to register a staggering 25 million visitors in its first month, something which it took Facebook three years to achieve and with current unique visitors to Google+ hitting a cool one million per day, it looks as though Google+ is going to be the runaway success that many industry analysts predicted !
Following the release of Google+ however, not everything in the garden has been rosie !
No exact figures are available, but it is estimated that in a 24 hour period (22nd - 23rd July) Google closed/suspended thousands of Google+ accounts which they say contravened their community standards policy, but which part of the policy ?
Simple, like Facebook before it, who believe that forcing users to register their accounts using their real names makes Facebook users act more responsibly when they are online, Google+ users are also expected to register their accounts using their real names.
To be able to use Google+, you have to set up a Google profile which is easy to do. For example, anyone with a gmail email account, can set up their Google profile by visiting Google Profiles and signing in using their gmail account details.
In your Google profile, you can include some information about yourself and include some pictures and video, but in completing the process you are told that Google services support three different types of use which are: unidentified, pseudonymous and identified and further, that Google Profiles is a product that works best in the "identified" state.
Put simply, Google don't want their Google+ social networking service to end up being a playground where unidentified trolls can go to maliciously gossip, insult or, annoy people for the sake of it !
Google+'s community standards policy says, "To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family, or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of these would be acceptable."
The Google+ users who suddenly had their accounts closed or, suspended didn't, it seems, follow these guidelines and so, when Google got round to checking out the names that were being used in some of their Google+ accounts, they didn't like them and so, the accounts were closed or, suspended.
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This led to a lot of internet chatter on the topic. It led to an outcry from certain quarters and thousands of complaints to Google who, in some cases, listened, before re-instating some of the suspended accounts.
Unfortunately, for most however, their Google+ accounts were gone forever and they were faced with the choice of re-registering using an account name that didn't contravene Google+'s terms of service or, not getting involved !
Judging by the figures for the first month, it seems that most of them decided to toe the line and use a name that Google deemed to be 'acceptable'
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