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    GoogleFighter Freedomfighter

    Google Abandons Anonymous Accounts With New Signup Form

    Google is experimenting with a new signup form that eliminates the ability to create anonymous accounts. The new form is part of an effort to expand the Google+ social network by automatically adding every new Google account to Google+. Because Google+ requires a name and gender the new signup form effectively eliminates the anonymous Google account.

    The new account creation page can be found by following the links on Google’s homepage. As the Google Operating System blog points out, the older Google account page, which does not require signing up for Google+ or Gmail, is currently still accessible through Google Reader, Calendar and other Google services.

    The revamped Google account creation page adds some additional fields to the sign up form, including name and gender which are both necessary for creating a Google+ account. There’s also a new agreement — turned on by default — granting Google permission to “use my account information to personalize +1s on content and ads on non-Google websites.”
    http://www.webmonkey.com/2012/01/goo...w-signup-form/

  2. #2
    FreedomFighter Freedomfighter
    Google never had anonymous accounts.

    How could anyone create both a pseudonym and a gender??? There are so many genders to choose from! I'm so confused. This will truly stop the average American.

  3. #3
    FreedomFighter Freedomfighter
    Quote Originally Posted by FreedomFighter View Post
    Google never had anonymous accounts.
    I was wondering about that. I never got a gmail account because they used invites to distribute them originally which would give them a clue as to your friends or location. So I turned them all down. Google has made it abundantly clear that their mission is to find out who you are and cash in on that knowledge.

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    Meh Freedomfighter
    Google's new policy allowing some pseudonyms:

    https://plus.google.com/113116318008...ts/SM5RjubbMmV

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    GOOGFighter Freedomfighter
    Quote Originally Posted by Meh View Post
    Google's new policy allowing some pseudonyms:

    https://plus.google.com/113116318008...ts/SM5RjubbMmV
    I can't imagine there's any way Google wouldn't be able to find out your identity if you set up a Google Plus account. Eventually your social network would give you away, unless you had a network consisting entirely of total strangers. Which would be strange.

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