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A quieter month for me – I spent much of it being ill, and I apologise to those of you that were needlessly concerned. It wasn’t serious, but it was persistent and intrusive. All in all it has been a complicated month.

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August was kind of a mixed month. Rolling health problems and other things rather limited the time I was able to spend on the blog, unfortunately. That said, it was the fifth best month on record for readership.

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Google-Plus-LogoAnd also to change its mind at any time.

Whatever the reason Google gives for its policies regarding names on its profiles, new social network services (and whatever other services it chooses to bring under that banner over time), whether it is making people feel ‘safer’, eliminating spammers and scammers, or for mining marketing data; the practical result of all of how it works out is that Google wants to pick which name you get to publically use when you use those services, and to renege on that decision and force you to select another, should it change its mind.

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In the midst of all the identity kerfuffle with Google Plus, Linden Lab’s beta social networking framework has brought me to the realisation of why I didn’t click with Avatars United, and why much the same thing is bothering me about Google’s stance towards Google Plus.

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