Hrm. I actually really liked the names policy; if I met someone in real life, I could easily look them up on Google+. Now it’s back like email addresses; I have to ask for a username and keep track of another bit of data. :(
▼ Reshared Post From Google+ ▼
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.
Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.
We know you’ve been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
" I don’t use it because it’s Linux, I use it because it’s elementary OS, I use it because it’s fast and consistent. If it wasn’t Linux, I’d still use it. I’m not a Linux fan, I’m an elementary fan"
That’s an actual quote from an OS user. To me, this is probably the greatest compliment I could hope for. Because it means that the experience we’re providing is greater than the sum of the technology behind it. We’re not working with any tools that aren’t available to any other free desktop. But where our focus is and the way we do things allows us to build the kind of products that we build.