Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I have given up on Google Plus

It has been a very long time (nearly 6 mos since my last posting here on Bambi Blog), and my Google+ (Google Plus) account has remained in suspended limbo.

I have had it with Google Plus. I have deleted my Google Plus Profile entirely AGAIN now so don't expect to see it come back. I am disgusted with Google+ at this point.

They don't live in the real world or understand the needs of real people despite their real name policy.

This despite Meirav Berale's Google+ posting Why the Google+ Name Policy is important to me (thankfully Meirav made it public or those without Google+ could not see it), and so many other great folks right on their own Google+ trying to 'evangelize' on this name policy issue.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Changed my identity info and my Blog name

Hopefully that will help the powers that be in Google+ name policy land to figure out what to do.

Currently I have been suspended pending review for several days; maybe as much as 5 days. Hopefully they will bring about a resolution soon.

Keeping fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Google Plus Suspended Account Saga Continues

Well, again I was suspended. This counting the first time, I think now makes 5 or 6 times.

I have now resubmitted to them for reconsideration with a file with additional information, that should help them make a better determination.

I hope that my situation will be seriously considered like single name Google Plus member Sai . who was in my old Circles before I was originally suspended and is again in my circles. Google has quite a few single named accounts because they are known as that person, and there is no reason my should be different.

There are very good reasons for using my Bambi moniker alone on this account.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Google Plus Profile Suspended again!

OK Now this is getting nuts!

After being told my account was fine per this posting yesterday and the first one back in July here, now today after appeal #3, I can no longer look at any information on Google+ or add people to my Circle etc. And the following pops right up when I go to my G+ account.

So, now AGAIN! my name doesn't meet the Google+ policy!?!
After being told it did and them saying it was approved and meets the name policy!?!

It even let me change my profile image. I still have my old profile image under the photos, but wanted an image that more represented the JimmyLee and Bambi Show on CNIRadio.com.

So what is going is going on. I have added links to my LilBambi's BambisMusings, CNIRadio.com, my lilbambi flickr page. 

As I noted previously I have been known as Bambi since my CB Radio days. I created alternates LilBambi and BambisMusings (short for Bambi's Musings) over the years. All related to my Bambi identity. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Google Plus snafu!

OK, I was very excited that my appeal (I appealed twice because I didn't hear anything back the first time), of my Bambi CNIRadio account was suspended due to violation of naming policy a while back. I was so angry about it, I removed my business Google Plus account as well after that.

Anyway, after they changed their naming policy that I read about in an article by Violet Blue over at ZDNet entitled, Pseudonyms on Google Plus? Wrong, then I figured, nothing to lose, I will try to change my name based on the info from this public topic on Google+ by Bradley Horowitz.

Now, notice that by Bambi CNIRadio blogger blog, google docs, and GMail for the email associated with this account worked fine before, and work fine still, but ... wait, we'll get to that in an minute.

So anyway, since it they didn't like my Bambi CNIRadio username when all I really wanted was to be able to have Bambi as in "JimmyLee and Bambi Show" on CNIRadio.com Saturday nights and have been since January 2005.

I would also like to say that I have been Bambi since my old CB Radio days. So I have used it for a very long time.

So I figure, what's to lose, I could change my name to first name: Bambi and last name . like they said and submit an email since they had changed the naming policy. Which I did. And as i say, when I heard nothing back, I also appealed again, with same name change.

Anyway, back to my story. I appealed and didn't hear anything back one way or the other, so I appealed again. And yesterday February 8, 2012, I received an email with a subject line of: "Your Google+ Appeal" from a weird numbered-noreply@google.com email, but the interesting part was the body of the email:

Thanks for sending us your appeal. You're right: your name does comply with the Google+ Names Policy. Your name has been updated on your Google+ profile. If you submitted the appeal during sign up, your profile has now been restored. Log in to Google+: https://plus.google.com/up/?hl=en_MYINFO.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

The Google+ team.

-- Log in to Google+: https://plus.google.com/up/?hl=en_MYINFO
You can't reply to this message. 
Now I am very excited. My Bambi . name change does comply with their naming policy.

I also want to mention that I had been a BETA Tester of Google + from the first few weeks of Google+ and it really ticked me off to be sure when it all went to hell in a handbasket when my account was suspended for name policy violations. And I had to basically remove the Google+ connection to still be able to use my GMail. Yes, I did, believe me, nothing was working before I did that. So all the work I had done on posts, Friends, conversations, etc. lost since the I started with the Beta Testing of Google+ was gone.

OK, so I click the link, sign in with my GMail email associated with the account and am taken to the Google+ sign on page with a black box on the right hand side saying that I needed to UPGRADE to continue. Huh? OK, so I click on the UPGRADE Button and guess what .... yep, it says my name doesn't comply with the name policy but that I can appeal AGAIN!!!!! SIGH....

So I posted a comment on Violet Blue's article noted above and sent the link in a contact directly to Violet Blue. Then I tweeted on my Twitter account (@CNIRadio_com) about it. Then today, I followed @google and quoted the tweet and now I am going to do a tweet about it again directly to @google.

I am hoping since none of the methods of contacting anyone on Google or Google+ about Google+ issues work and the Q&A self help doesn't match my problem and gives no options that I guess I will first post this on Twitter, than if that doesn't work, then I will appeal again, and post this link so they can read about the hell I have been through about this.

Thank you Google and Google+. You have managed to take someone who was an avid supporter of Google and Google+ and related products, and made them so angry I could spit nickels if I had any and I have a very bad taste in my mouth regarding Google right now. A friend of mine who left Google related anything over all this told me to just give up and join those who have given up entirely on Google.

It may still come to that, but right now...the jury is out. Let's see how they handle this.