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Why Google+ Is No Place for Superheroes

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As interest in the Facebook alternative continues to wane, Google is sticking to its Real Name Policy for its upstart social network.

Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt recently said, "What we decided to do was to take the position that we wanted people to be willing to be at least identified by some sort of a real name." Any profile using a pseudonym and fan pages are summarily taken down. And sometimes, Google's banhammer is so hasty that people using their actual name have felt its wrath. (Our apologies, Shatner!)

So, as it stands, if you'd like to set up a Google+ account, you better use your real name. And who are the hardest hit by this stringent policy?


As the Joy of Tech reveals, despite their dependence on anonymity and alter egos, our mythical daredevils and demigods are forced to reveal their true identity when signing up for Google. (Soon to be the subject of crossover issues for both DC and Marvel, presumably.) And as you can imagine, problems arise.

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