I’ve seen some Wow Google + profiles disappear, disinterest or victims of the naming policy, not sure.
But if your interested I now have a Google + badge on my side bar. I am not promising you anything exciting if you add me though. Because of the naming policy I am using my real name. So it’s not just wow stuff, it’s me stuff ( when I use it) I am currently bombarding my FB friends with everything from book reviews to political rants and telephone company complaints ( no such thing as loyalty I tell you) Not quite gotten into that kind of swing with G+ I need G+ to get more slightly integrated into my web browsing – and I need all the places I have liked, and want to follow as a mini Rss feed on facebook to have the same or comparable presence on G+ and until that happens then I need to use both.
Between facebook and google it’s supposed to be a new age of real names online. For the record I don’t like this age, because it comes down to identity, and who I am. There were days where more people would call me Zahrah, or Zah then Sarah, but real identity policy means I am Sarah first.
You can argue that Blizzard did something similar with Real Id, forcing us to show real names to access some services, and we can remember the community backlash when they wanted real names on forums.
When I play wow, or blog about Wow, I am not Sarah first
I glad that WordPress is not connected to Google, because I would like to keep my Wow player blog identity.
I am not sure if the opening up of Google Plus to the public will mean more people will use it, most people I know are using Facebook and Google + in-tandem and the people who really wanted an invite before the release made sure they got one.
The naming policy, for the record is disappointing, you can be known in the real world by many names, but you have a legal identity, one that you sign all your documents with, open your bank accounts with, put on your child’s birth certificate. Legal, life binding, changing things, but I will call my mum, mum, mummy, I have a grammy, and used to have a Grandad, and I used to have a Nana, and Pop, I get called Sarah, Sair Zah, Z, two people have gotten away with calling me Sair bear.. and you know me as Pugnacious Priest or Zahraah , or if I’m on an Alt, Zah, Zip, Zoph and over the years I have granted, called and identified people by Nic names, or handles, web id’s, Wow toon names, there’s no deceit in that, no one is committing fraud by being known as that name. its life, its community, its society, its family.
I am more than just my birth name, I am a special snowflake..
But anyways It’s there if you like