(With livejournal down I'll have to try writing my thoughts on my own website. perish the thought, huh?)
Several people have told me that by being "spacefem" on google+, I'm putting myself at the risk of having my account deleted because google is deleting accounts that they think aren't real names.
This would be sad for me, because I really like picasaweb for my photos and like having my gmail account as a nice backup.
But I'd deal. I view it sort of like a shirt you buy, then bring home and realize it says "hand wash only line dry". You know what? The way my life is, it's just not practical for me to hand wash clothes. That shirt is going in a laundry bag and suffering through the delicate cycle. If it doesn't survive, it's a sign that it wasn't meant for me. I have lots of other shirts.
Hopefully the rumors aren't true, the accounts were deleted for other TOS violations. Google has said they want you to go by the name people "know you by"... for me, that's spacefem. I've been spacefem for over a decade. I use my real name for boring corporate work stuff, where I have to be someone a corporation wants me to be because they're paying me to blend in and be uncontroversial. Don't be a feminist, it makes people uncomfortable. Don't be curious in web development, it's not your job. I can deal with all that, at work, I'm cool. But in my off hours when I'm not being paid, I'd rather be spacefem. I don't use a pseudonym so I can spam people or be someone who's not a "real" person... spacefem is real. this is who I am, online.
And yes, my real life friends who I hang out with on the weekends also know me as spacefem. Same for the high school friends I've cared enough to stay in any sort of contact with, my twitter friends... anyone I'm close too. They know my "real" name too but who cares? Spacefem actually touches a much broader audience, and they people who know I'm spacefem are the ones who really know me.
Remember when Google's motto was "don't be evil"? They were going to be nice, flexible, just show us content without pushing agendas? That's what we liked about you, Google. I still like you. I hope what they're saying isn't true.
More info on what's up with Google: http://blogs.forbes.com/daviddisalvo/20 ... seudonyms/http://www.zdnet.com/blog/violetblue/go ... nswers/567http://gplus.to/spacefem