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Silly Users, Google+ Not for Kids or Non-Humans

theodp (442580) writes | about 3 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "Think twice before you accept that Google+ invite, kids. Unlike that charming 'Dear Sophie' Google Chrome ad, Google may delete — not save — your childhood e-mail memories. Ten-year-old Alex had a Gmail account since 2009, but the Netherlands resident made the mistake of entering his real date of birth in the required Google profile, tipping off Google to a Terms Of Service age violation, which rendered his account inaccessible (it will be deleted in 29 days). 'This USA-centric age 13 bullshit is a blight on the internet,' wrote Alex's Dad. Actually, some kids have reported 17-year-olds aren't welcome, either. Guess Alex should have gone with the less-hip Yahoo! for his email. The Google+ age limit also proved to be a problem for real grown-up Danny Sullivan, who made the mistake of making up a required birth date for his Search Engine Land account. In this case, Google+ Chief Bradley Horowitz personally told SEO Danny he's SOL, which he would have known had he read between the lines: 'Let me be clear — and I'm sorry if this wasn't obvious — we are not currently supporting brands, organizations, and non-human entities in the Google+ field trial. While we should have been clearer about this, there are some fields in the registration form (asking for a first name, a last name, an age and a gender) that indicate that.' Another Google+ Project Lead piled on, informing Sullivan that 'Building great consumer products is a necessary prerequisite for compelling business products.' That'll teach him to speak Google+ evil!"

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