The nickname naturedance has been my handle/username on a number of websites over the years, and it is synonymous with my legal name, Adele Shakal, which the name associated with my G+. To me, naturedance is a synonym and a nickname, not a pseudonym, and since it's always been associated with my legal name, it's no big deal to add it in the nickname field on the G+ Profile.
HOWEVER, I have plenty of other reasons to need a pseudonym, which I seldom-to-never discuss online using my legal name.
I put the following posts and comments in that Adele Shakal G+, but I want to put them here, too, since Dreamwidth is the social website I feel most comfortable on. I detest Facebook and G+ has more technical functionality, but I am not thrilled with Google right now.
With pseudonymous use now apparently considered a TOS violation here (despite the counter-indication and/or hypocrisy of http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2011/02/freedom-to-be-who-you-want-to-be.html
), I'm left with only the technical feature-gap between G+ and FB to keep me here, because huge portions of my social network are pseudonymous (and are therefore not on FB, and are now discussing leaving G+).
Diaspora is looking better and better. (https://joindiaspora.com/
As I said in https://plus.google.com/u/0/105500543639944007050/posts/5HwnahTSuj6
(and sent as feedback), I understood "works best" to mean that both
pseudonymous and identified use of G+ was perfectly acceptable. I still steadfastly maintain that http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/answer.py?answer=1228271
is unclear because "works best" is ambiguous at best, and disingenuous at worst.
It is very disheartening to watch Google go down this road. Philosophically I don't want to be spending my time and energy on a social network service/product that does not grok the pseudonym issue. And it feels obvious to me but maybe I need to say this explicitly here: there's little reason for me to spend time on a social network which excludes marginalized voices in general, and excludes significant portions of my social groups specifically.
+Liz Fong , thanks for all that you do. I'm really appreciative, and a little in awe, of your presence in these matters.
From July 7th:
Clarification is needed from Google regarding the accepted uses of G+, and I am about to send feedback regarding this issue. I figured I'd best post this in my own stream to send the feedback from here.
On that second link, it says "Google Profiles is a product that works best in the identified state"... and there's a big difference between [something working best one way (Identified) and also working OK in another way (Pseudonymous)], and [something only working one way (Identified-only)].
I took "Google Profiles requires you to use the name that you commonly go by in daily life" to mean that both Identified and Pseudonymous uses were fine on G+ (as long as the pseudonym is one the person actually uses daily, and as long as it did not include two different languages or the disallowed characters), and that Identified use was viewed as optimal.
Is Google+ intended to only be an Identified mode service, exclusively? If so, then I believe the language on that page needs to be clarified ASAP.
Also, if G+ is intended to be used exclusively in Identified mode (which would be a huge mistake, in my view), then I believe it would be reasonable that anyone who has joined G+ pseudonymously will of course expect a graceful exit path out of G+ be made clearly available (without disruption to other Google services they/we may be using, especially Gmail), following clarification of that page.
An additional reference I don't want to lose the link to: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/
And another additional reference I don't want to lose the link to: http://geekfeminism.org/2011/07/08/anti-pseudonym-bingo/
Updates, followups and additional links:http://geekfeminism.org/2011/07/08/social-networking-requirements/
From +Fox Magrathea Circe :https://plus.google.com/113892479804684135897/posts/FSsd9ePQZi7
From +John Hardy :https://plus.google.com/104013835962992611989/posts/iCMNPViRZMwhttps://plus.google.com/104013835962992611989/posts/RUiCgtGnuPKhttps://plus.google.com/104013835962992611989/posts/22zpasgxdEthttps://plus.google.com/104013835962992611989/posts/hvvsNJRBtpLhttps://plus.google.com/104013835962992611989/posts/e31QKiSuJ6M