Google+ Inner Circle Narrows as Member Accounts Deleted

By Erin Harrison July 26, 2011

The inner circle making up Google+ has gotten even smaller following the site’s requirement that members use their real names.

According to media reports, Google’s recent flash deletions of Google+ accounts has sparked complaints by suspended users frustrated with the new social network service.

“Typically this problem occurs when you edit your name in a way that we no longer accept. In these situations, you may find that your name requires review to confirm that it complies with our Community Standards,” explained Natalie, a Google community manager.

After being prompted to request a review during the sign-up flow, this will lead to it being reviewed by Google’s team. After 24 hours, the profile will either be live or require further appeal.

One member, “Kitten,” hissed that an odd character in her member name got her booted out of the exclusive invite-only community on grounds of so-called abuse.

“My name is Kitten, and for my business I often go by K!tten, and they suspended me as ‘abuse’ as well. Why is there no number to call or email to contact? Facebook in the beginning would not allow me to use kitten but at least had an email for contact and had the issue resolved in a week!! This google+ sucks.”

Mark Zuckerberg is counting on that last sentiment of Kitten’s to hold water, as the potentially rival social network, which is still in beta testing, sorts out its initial bugs.  

The service, which launched in late June, is in a limited beta trial and members can only join if they are invited by Google or by existing members. There are currently about 20 million Google+ members.

As TechZone reported last week, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner recently declared that he doesn’t see any way for Facebook and Google+ to coexist, and predicts newcomer Google+ “will come out on the losing end of the battle” of the social network throw down.

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Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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