The Dead Horse, Re-beaten

Oh Google, you so crazy. I’ve been told, once again, that my name does not conform to the Google+ names policy. For those of you just joining in on the fun, here’s the policy in its entirety:

Google+ Profile Names Policy

Names and Google+

Google+ makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world. It’s recommended that you go by your first and last name because it will help you connect with people you know and help them find you.

This policy applies only to Google+ profiles. Google+ profiles are for individuals. If you want to use Google+ to represent someone or something other than yourself — like your business, your band, your family, or your pet — you should create a Google+ page instead.

That’s the whole thing. They recommend, but do not require, that people use their real names. So long as you’re an individual, not a business, a band, a family, or a pet, you have conformed to their written policy.

Please feel free to correct me if I’m reading it incorrectly. That’s a direct copy-and-paste. That’s the entire policy. I am neither a business nor a band nor a family nor a pet, so…I’m not really sure what their objection is.

The frustrating part is that Google absolutely will not tell you why they’ve determined that your name is not acceptable. There’s no one you can talk to. There’s just a single, form e-mail that they’ll send you if they deny your appeal. It tells you that you can try again, but no additional information is forthcoming.

Like I said, it’s frustrating.

Maybe someday, someone at Google will accidentally communicate and I’ll find out why my name has been banned. Until then, I live in hope.

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