|I just got an email from Google Plus telling me that I'm in violation of their Naming Policy.|
Apparently, Google thinks my real name (transliterated from Hebrew) is a nickname. That's also the name, by the way, that appears on my passport.
I have no idea why Google thinks 'Or' is that odd of a name (I can't imagine that they took exception to my last name).
I've been warned that if I don't appeal the decision within 4 days, my Google Plus account will be suspended. Other than pressing an 'appeal' button of Google Plus, I couldn't find any way to provide 'further information', as requested in their email.
1. Good work scaring your users, Google.
2. Facebook never had a problem with my name.
3. People at Google really needs to read this : http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/
4. On a further note on 3, Part of my day job is writing software for name identification. Trust me, My name is not all that odd.
* Naming policy: http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271
* Google email:
After reviewing your profile, it appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. Please log in to Google+ and visit your profile to learn more and take action.
The Names Policy requires that you use the name you are commonly referred to in real life in your profile. Nicknames, previous names, and so on should be entered in the Other Names section of the profile. Profiles are limited to individuals; use Google+ Pages for businesses and other entities.
If you do not edit your name to comply with our Names policy or appeal with additional information within four days of receiving this message, your profile will be suspended. While suspended, you will not be able to make full use of Google services that require an active profile, such as Google+, Buzz, Reader and Picasa. This will not prevent you from using other Google services, like Gmail.
The Google+ team.