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  • link: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2389078,00.asp
  • title: Google+ Real Names Policy Is About Brands, Not People
  • when: 2011-07-25
  • author: Lance Ulanoff
  • summary: Google may have inadvertently swept up some users and handles that were legitimate or simply too innocuous to cause any brand any kind of harm, but I think the intention is clear: to protect brands and businesses from everyday Google service users who might infringe upon their trademarks and brand identities.
  • topics: Google Google+/policy/naming


This theory doesn't seem consistent with the pattern of user suspensions. None of the suspended user names have been even remotely like any trademarks or business properties that I'm aware of. --Woozle 11:06, 1 August 2011 (EDT)