Three years later — when absolutely no one at all cares — Google drops its Real Names policy for Google+.
I love the way Weibo does it:
Bottom shows demarcation of “tweet” (red) and “retweet” (green).
What I hope Twitter won’t mimic are all those damn animated emoji and other dancing symbols.
In April, the brand would be continuing its “Art of Cheese” campaign, which provides its 100 Twitter followers and 220 Facebook fans with tips on how to best enjoy its products.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
The fight over real names, which was a constant area of discussion for the company during my time there, is a case in point. Google’s desire for privacy and choice was in direct contradiction to its need for real names to get the data it wanted. Google+ was not the only social network that required real names, but it was the hardest to avoid thanks to its integration across Google’s product portfolios. Frankly, the issue always got more publicity than it should have (really, there were so few people who actually cared about this issue based on user feedback), but it was a telling issue that Google just couldn’t think outside of its voracious appetite for data.
This guy is going to be in trouble no matter where he works.
He has the Big Data mindset.
Saying “so few” people cared is to mistake popularity for importance.
The human race is not pushed forward by the many. It’s pushed forward by the few.
Out of the tens of thousands of NSA employees and contractors, there’s been only one Edward Snowden.
Because only he came forward, does that mean “so few” people care about what the NSA has done (and is probably still doing)? Because only he came forward to blow the whistle, does that dismiss the importance of what he did?
What about Deep Throat and the Watergate scandal? Because only he cared, it didn’t matter?
If this guy can’t understand why the hell anonymity matters, why Google’s push for Real Names was so idiotic, he shouldn’t be in the business of handling any user information.
This is what many people running Google Chrome browser with Windows XP are getting when trying to connect to Twitter:
This morning I still had over 16,000 Followers, of which over 10,000 were spammers.
Some time this afternoon Twitter eliminated them.
I signed into Twitter and looked at my Follower count.
Yesterday it was about 3,500-and something (maybe 3,572?).
This morning it was this:
It added over fourteen thousand “Followers” overnight.
No, I am not popular like that.
I use Twitter Search every week, sometimes every day.
So I’m very experienced in its past shortcomings. Most of the time, it’d crap out after a week or two worth of tweets. For some obscure searches, you’d be lucky to get a month (which would be a handful of tweets).
Today, the incredible happened. It went back to 2011:
And I ran another search, a vanity one — because I know what I tweeted over the years — and that search went back to 2009!
Twitter Search is now a real research tool!