Leading British baker installs 1.28 MW of rooftop PV

first_imgLeading British baker installs 1.28 MW of rooftop PVGreggs, the U.K.’s most recognizable high street baker, has installed solar panels at 10 of its bakeries in an effort to reduce its carbon emissions by 25% by 2015. December 12, 2013 Ian Clover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The U.K.’s largest bakery chain, Greggs, this week revealed that it has installed 1.28 MW of solar power atop the roofs of 10 of its bakeries as the company looks to lower its carbon footprint. As one of the most recognizable and popular brands on the British high street (more prominent in the U.K. than McDonalds), Greggs has long had an influence on the dining habits of Britons, with this latest energy saving initiative sure to win the company plenty of plaudits. Greggs’ social responsibility manager Stepehn Waldon said that not only would the company be making important savings on carbon emissions, but would also be eligible to benefit from the U.K.‘s feed-in tariff (FIT). “As a responsible business, we have a duty to manage our energy consumption by becoming more energy efficient in our bakery and retail operations,” said Waldon. “The installation of PV panels on our bakery roofs provided the perfect opportunity to make use of a previously unused space, take advantage of the government’s feed-in tariff scheme, and generate carbon-neutral electricity for use in the bakeries, reducing the amount of fossil fuel we need to buy and consume.” With reputation often as important as performance and product on the cut-throat world of the average British high street, Waldon was keen to stress that Greggs was eager to keep pursuing ever greener sustainability initiatives, targeting a 25% reduction in emissions by 2025. “Solar PV is one of the most reliable renewable energies on the market, with proven technologies operating across the globe,” Waldon added. “Installation makes a visible and public statement of an organization’s sustainable credentials, and provides a very reliable payback in terms of energy savings as well as the guaranteed and index-linked FIT scheme.” Despite the U.K. government set to roll back even further subsidies on solar power in the coming year, solar PV has enjoyed wider prominence in Britain in 2013, with Swedish furniture giants IKEA announcing earlier in the year that it will sell solar panels throughout its 17 U.K. stores.Popular content The Hydrogen Stream: 20 MW green hydrogen plant in Finland, two Australian projects move forward Sergio Matalucci 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy want to set up a 20 MW blue hydrogen production facility in the U.K. Australia’s Origin Energy wants to build a hy… Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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The re… Solar park built on rough wooden structures comes online in France Gwénaëlle Deboutte 26 April 2021 pv-magazine.com French company Céléwatt energized its 250 kW ground-mounted array, built with mounting structures made of raw oak wood.April 26, 2021 Gwénaëlle Debo… Spanish developer plans 1 GW solar plant coupled to 80 MW of storage, 100 MW electrolyzer Pilar Sánchez Molina 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Soto Solar has submitted the project proposal to the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The solar plant could start produc… We all trust the PV performance ratio test Dario Brivio, Partner 20 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The performance ratio test is at the core of the handover from EPC to owner. 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IRP 2018 takes wrong turn with least-cost approach, NIASA

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Koeberg nuclear power plant. Public comment on South Africa’s revised draft integrated resource plan 2018 (IRP 2018) is well underway and the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is voicing its concerns.Nuclear industry stakeholders are particularly concerned about the government’s ‘now on / now off’ stance on nuclear. Ahead of the closing date for public comment on 26 October, the association will host a workshop to deliberate its response to the new IRP 2018 on Wednesday, 03 October at the Wits Club, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein.Knox Msebenzi, managing director of NIASA, says: “The current draft IRP 2018 attempts to provide a number of least-cost planning scenarios based on various growth paths for South Africa. Generally, the plan fails to meet the least-cost planning objectives as it ignores all costs associated with socioeconomics of various options as well as the transition costs. It does not judge all energy sources on the same merit.”“Rather than being technology neutral, it appears that the plan has been developed with certain policy outcomes in mind with the least-cost planning method used as a tool to achieve this. It seems that the developers of the least-cost approach utilised a ‘cheapest’ plan rather than a least-net-cost plan to the economy as is defined by industry.”According to NIASA, the government’s push to develop alternatives in renewables is praiseworthy; however, not considering all energy sources and resource constraints objectively is a serious cause for concern.The government should not plan and engineer a fundamental transformation of the energy sector with only a handful of technologies that are popular to certain interest groups but don’t necessarily serve the best interest of the country. The transformation will require technologies that are proven and succeed not just in the conceptual and technical phases but also commercially.“The IRP 2018 goes so far as recommending detailed studies on well-established energy technologies such as coal and nuclear before implementing these technologies whilst planning to implement new technologies without similar information being available. This is a serious policy oversight,” adds Msebenzi.IRP 2018 nuclear capacityAs Africa’s only nuclear power station, Koeberg with an installed capacity of 1,860MW, plays a vital role in ensuring that Cape Town has a reliable electricity supply. The power station provides 50% of electricity consumed in the Western Cape and approximately 5% of the power used in the country.While the new IRP 2018 makes provision for consideration of nuclear after 2030 under scenarios where the country strictly enforces carbon emission targets, in its assessment of sustainability, the government seems solely focused on weighing the pros and cons of individual technologies. It should rather assess all aspects such as abundance, affordability, reliability and quality of energy supply, explains a NIASA statement.According to the association, the focus should not only be on electricity generation and consumption but also on how these CAPEX projects contribute to meeting the NDP goals.The discourse around energy in South Africa remains very confusing and especially around nuclear mired in such controversy that it has polarised the country to an extent that even the government prefers to turn a blind eye in fear of being accused of malfeasance, a harbinger from the previous administration.“The IRP2018 as it stands is demonstrably uncertain and, in most cases, will prove to be ineffective in achieving its goals – primarily that of energy security and NDP targets,” says Msebenzi.“The government must try and stop picking winners. We all agree that we need to complement renewable energy with baseload energy. The country has limited access to hydropower and no gas, whereas Uranium is a key resource strength which makes nuclear an important baseload technology option,” he concludes.Register for a live free-to-attend WEBINAR: 25 October 2018 | South Africa IRP2018 litmus test Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSIRP2018NIASANuclear energySouth Africa Previous articleTotal South Africa deploys solar service stationsNext articleRwanda attains $266m loan to improve electricity supply Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policylast_img read more

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High school football: Bossier suffers second straight tough loss in district play

first_imgAnother week, another heartbreaking district loss for the BossierBearkats. Coleman Beeson’s 21-yard pass to Otis Smith set up the TD. Last week, North Webster scored with 1:30 left to defeat theBearkats by the same score. Loyola College Prep scored a tie-breaking touchdown with 1:41 left in the game in a 35-28 District 1-3A victory over Bossier Friday night at Messmer Stadium. Loyola regained the lead at 21-14 on a TD with just 28 secondsleft in the half. The Flyers capitalized on a fumble recovery at the Loyola 48. The Bearkats rallied from a 28-14 deficit with 7:41 left in the third quarter. Bossier drove 65 yards in nine plays to get within seven.Decamerion Richardson capped the drive with a 4-yard run and Diego Lopez kickedthe extra point. The Bearkats put together an 85-yard drive in 10 plays to tie it with 10:37 left in the game. James Davis scored on a 3-yard run and Lopez again added theextra point. Makhi Tanner caught a 17-yard pass and Richardson had a 20-yardrun to key the drive.center_img After Loyola went up 14-7, Smith went 73 yards on a catch-and-runto tie it. Bossier never led but the game was tied at 7, 14 and 28. Beeson completed six of nine passes for 129 yards. Smith had three catches for 100. Lopez made all four of his PAT attempts. Bossier dropped to 5-2 overall and 0-2 in district. Loyolaimproved to 6-1 and 2-0. A few plays here and there are the difference betweenthe Bearkats being on top of the standings instead of at the bottom. Richardson led Bossier with 106 yards on 15 carries. Davis had 98on 10. In the first half, Davis scored on a 54-yard run early in thesecond quarter that tied the game at 7. The drive started at the Bossier 16 afterthe Bearkats stopped a fourth-down conversion attempt. After three straight games on the road, Bossier faces Mansfield (3-4, 0-1) Friday. The Wolverines lost to Green Oaks 32-8 Friday night Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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Whitehall and Orchard View each earn a win in a non-league softball doubleheader

first_img ENDS IN Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) LocalSportsJojurnal.comThe Whitehall and Orchard View softball teams split a doubleheader on Wednesday, with the Vikings winning the opener 9-6 and Orchard View getting even in the nightcap 12-2.In Game 1, the score was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth when Kyleigh Martin doubled on the first pitch, knocking in two runs. Whitehall tallied 11 hits in the game.Ella Lyvere earned the win on the mound for Whitehall. Abby Seeger, Karoline Glamzi and Bailee Spicklemire all managed multiple hits for the Vikings, and Seeger had a home run.In Game 2, Allie TenHove pitched a gem for the Cardinals, allowing only two hits and striking out 14 in five innings.TenHolve had five hits and five RBIs over the two games, while Cassidy White had five hits, including two doubles.OV and Whitehall are both 1-1 on the season. Shop Now Displayed poorly ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (17612) Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Share Other Bestseller × Other × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … ENDS IN × Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Ads by Amazon Twelve MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $14.99$18.00 Share Bestseller Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (117) Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters)center_img Ads by Amazon Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 ENDS IN (2) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (657) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY (822) ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… × Report a problem This item is… $15.29$17.99 Other (31628) × Bestseller Report a problem This item is… NBC Sports Inappropriate / Offensive $37.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Fox Sports Go Displayed poorly Mail DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant × ENDS IN Other Not relevant × $0.00 Shares The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY (34271) $49.95 Not relevant Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant The League Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… (7802) Displayed poorlylast_img read more

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Prosecutors won’t charge John Mark Karr in Ramsey slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Prosecutors abruptly dropped their case against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his repeated insistence he killed the 6-year-old beauty queen. In court papers, prosecutors suggested he had a twisted fascination with the little girl and confessed to a crime he didn’t commit. Karr, 41, will be kept in jail in Boulder until he can be sent to Sonoma County, to face child pornography charges dating to 2001, authorities said. Earlier in the day, the sheriff’s department announced Karr had been released. The move came just a week and a half after the schoolteacher was arrested in Thailand and put on a plane to the U.S. in what was regarded as a remarkable break in the decade-old murder mystery that had cast suspicion on JonBenet’s parents. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SAA launches mobile portal

first_img“Forget about making unnecessary phone calls or logging on to countless websites to get the information you need while you are on the go. Anywhere, anytime, information about your travels is at your fingertips.” “It’s a single source of information for the traveller,” SAA chief information officer Mike Re said in a statement earlier this month. In phase three, also scheduled to be introduced towards the end of the year, customers will be able to check-in for a flight and board a flight by scanning their cellphone at a boarding gate using 2D barcode technology to be implemented at airports. 31 August 2009 The new initiative is in partnership with Star Alliance, the international airline network to which SAA belongs. Star Alliance developed the Common IT Mobile Platform which SAA used to launch its own portal for customers. The mobile portal allows travellers to access airline flight schedules, directions to airline lounges at airports around the world, flight arrival and departure information, destination information such as weather forecasts for any city in the world, and a currency converter. The portal is a universal feed able to access information on any airline and destination in the world. Airline customers can also access World Tracer information, which tracks requests made about baggage, through the mobile portal. “This tool allows you track where your baggage request is with an airline and how close it is in the process to being resolved,” said Re. “This convenient tool means no more clicking away to find the rest of the page not in your view because of the limited size of your cellphone screen,” said Re.center_img SAA plans to increase the functionality of the mobile portal with the launch of a secon, more interactive phase later this year. Customers will be able to request their frequent flyer mileage status, get notifications of irregular flight operations such as flight delays, and check flight itineraries. Increasing functionality The portal is currently available in English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, and is accessible by logging on to http://mobile.flysaa.com or http://m.flysaa.com South African Airways (SAA) has become the first airline in Africa to launch a mobile portal that allows travellers to access comprehensive travel and airline information from one point of reference, anywhere, anytime, using their mobile phones. The first phase of the initiative is not controlled by usernames and passwords – once you enter the address, the information needed is readily available with a few clicks and entries. And once you enter the site, the application automatically scales to the size of your handset. Single information source SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s Chad le Clos is world’s best

first_img5 December 2014Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos was crowned the world’s best for 2014 by the International Swimming Federation (Fina).The South African swimmer was named Sportsman of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in Johannesburg on Monday night.Topping off a shimmering week, Le Clos also set a new world record of 48.44sec in the 100m butterfly at the FINA World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Thursday.Le Clos cut 0.04sec off Evgeny Korotyshkin’s record from November 2009.“Timing is important to get the world record,” Le Clos told Reuters. “You have to race to win.“There was lots of pressure from the media and others on my shoulders and I wanted to show … the world that I am the best swimmer in the world.”The gold for butterfly came after the 22-year-old swimmer won the 200m men’s freestyle on Wednesday, declaring it as one of the best swim medals he has ever won.“It’s a race I have wanted to win for a long time – on a world stage of course,” the swimmer told reporters. “At the World Cups I have never swum a 200 freestyle so it is my first one – I am really happy.“It’s short course, I want to be the best long course. I know my turns are really good so to chase these guys long course is going to be a different ball game but I’ll take it away and work on it when I get back home.”Earlier this year, Le Clos became the first man to be crowned Fina’s Swimming World Cup series winner for the third time, collecting 27 gold medals along the way.Le Clos also became the first ever swimmer to go unbeaten throughout a World Cup series.Other South African results from Doha:Fourth place at 6:52.13 for the South African 4x200m freestyle relay team of Le Clos, Myles Brown, Sebastien Rousseau and Leith Shankland.Cameron van der Burgh came fourth in the 100m breaststroke final, with 56.80. It is the world record holder’s third race since returning from a shoulder injury.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Time’s Person of the Year is You – a Silicon Valley fueled, Steak-frite eating You

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts So Web 2.0 finally goes mainstream….kind of. Time Magazine has named the Web-powered “You” as its coveted Person of the Year. Inthe accompanying articles, the term Web 2.0 is used and there’s talk of an Internet“revolution”. I think this is all great as a general recognition of the read/write Web –but a few things in the article bothered me…What Time got rightYes, the Web is “a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seenbefore.” It is about normal people contributing to media on a mass scale, thanks to websites like MySpace, YouTube and Wikipedia. It is also about “an explosion of productivityand innovation” which is “just getting started, as millions of minds that would otherwisehave drowned in obscurity get backhauled into the global intellectual economy.” All of this is what I refer to as the Social Web, or the read/write Web. Time magazinegenerally refers to it as Web 2.0 – which they archly note is what “Silicon Valleyconsultants call it”. What Time got wrongThis isn’t a “revolution”. It’s an evolution of the Web – and I’ve written a hundredtimes about how Tim Berners-Lee always wanted the Web to be read/write, or editable. SureSir Tim probably never envisaged the Web he created 15 years ago as being the center ofour electronic social lives in 2006, at least on the scale it’s become. But he alwayswanted the Web to be a two-way medium – which is exactly what Time magazine iscelebrating today. So no, it’s not a revolution – the Web has evolved to be what it isover 15 years, including a few years of growing pains in the early part of this centuryknown as the ‘dot com’ years.I also somewhat resent the (usual) mainstream media condescension about blogs andsocial networks. Consider this passage from Time’s cover article:“Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work andsays, I’m not going to watch Lost tonight. I’m going to turn on my computer and make amovie starring my pet iguana? I’m going to mash up 50 Cent’s vocals with Queen’sinstrumentals? I’m going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or thesteak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy andthat passion?The answer is, you do.”Gee, thanks Time. I’ll just go and blog about my state of mind now… I’ll leave thereal journalism to the professionals. And btw, what the heck are “steak-frites”?!One final thing bothers me…. Time goes to great lengths to say that the Web is ademocratizing force for ‘the people’. Yet their view of the Web seems to be very centeredon one place: Silicon Valley. I can understand this, to a degree. The Valley is wheremost of the action is, just like Hollywood is where it’s at for movies. But still, it seemed like the international people that did get mentioned were justclichéd bit players in this Web 2.0 world: the French rapper, the Pakistani Flickruser, an “irreverent Chinese blogger”, “a mother in Baghdad with a videophone”… you getthe picture. Meanwhile Silicon Valley bloggers Dave Winer and Om Malik got toexplain what the new Web actually means and in another part of the Time coverage Web2.0 was described as“an excess of democracy” (which, let’s face it, is a very US-centric way to view theWeb). I’m not sure what my point is here, other than I think the international players onthe Web deserved wider and less clichéd coverage. But then I would say that.Overall though, I can’t wait to pick up a paper copy of this edition of Time magazine – I’m thrilled that the Web is their Person of the Year! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanuscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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RLPSA CONNECT Event in New Orleans to Address Organized Retail Crime; Features Mayor, Chief…

first_imgThe Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) will hold a one-day security workshop at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans Tuesday, November 17, featuring New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, Superintendent of Police Michael S. Harrison, and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.Other workshop events include a session conducted by CAP Index on restaurant crime statistics in the greater New Orleans area, a discussion of how to use loss prevention technology to defend against theft and robbery, an open forum on restaurant security practices, and a panel on law enforcement and government issues.The first “crime workshop” was held in Houston and its success led to a new strategy for a series of workshops now known as RLPSA CONNECT. “Our crime workshop series, RLPSA CONNECT, will help connect attendees with their peers within the restaurant LP communities, and establish networking opportunities for connecting with local law enforcement, and government and food service practitioners,” said RLPSA Executive Director Jim Forlenza, “Our Houston program sold out, which is an indication of how important this topic is to restaurant security at all levels.”- Sponsor – The crime workshop will focus on criminal activities against quick service restaurants, casual dining restaurants and other food service institutions, and will aim to prepare LP and security teams in the protection of their respective organizations. The workshop is designed to develop awareness, open discussions and find solutions among restaurant practitioners, local government and law enforcement entities. This sessions will have an emphasis on theft and organized retail crime activity in the greater New Orleans area.This workshop is free to RLPSA Members through the generous support of Axis Communications, CAP Index, Envysion, Innovative Surveillance Solutions and Off Duty Services.Registration for the workshop is required. For more information please click here. Seating is limited to the first 90 registrants… so register today. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Google Plus Tells Pseudonym Lovers to Shove It

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Google responded tonight to the widespread criticism of its controversial Real Names Policy. Some artists, abuse survivors, political activists in repressive countries and their advocates have argued vehemently against Google’s requirement that Plus accounts be registered under real names. You could call it a “go by what you are known as in real life (don’t worry Lady Gaga)” policy, too.Tonight the Google Plus team responded to the extensive public conversation. Its decision? Instead of immediately suspending accounts that seem to violate the policy, and then letting users appeal, now Google will send warnings that users have 4 days to comply with the policy before they are suspended. In other words: the policy stays, the enforcement of it will just be slowed down. No defense of the policy was offered by the company, just an explanation that real names reflected the intent of the social network’s creators and a pointer to the door. If you don’t like it, you’re free to export your data and leave, Google said. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Above, Google Plus product manager Saurabh Sharma delivers the Love it Or Leave it message in a video. Ironically, while real life is the rule when it comes to Identity, Sharma himself said in the very last message he posted before this video that “I refuse to hang out in person anymore.”“Pseudonymity makes it possible for the most marginalized people in our community to communicate with us.” – Cory DoctorowThese are not the kinds of steps that help Google overcome the criticism that it “doesn’t get Social” – but did you see earlier today that you can now play casual games on Plus? It seems an all the more bitter irony that the company used the PR cover of that announcement today to offer this non-response to the criticisms it’s faced regarding Identity, safety and inclusiveness.Perhaps the Internet isn’t about freedom, an ethereal new dimension that overcomes the limitations of time and space. Perhaps it’s really just a place to bow down before the alter of Zynga.As an otherwise unidentified Google Plus user called Melissa Draper (is that Draper’s real name? Some sort of MadMen assumed identity reference?) posted in response to Sharma’s statement: “What about the people who are isolated in the real world because of the realities of their real world circumstances? Do they really no longer get to connect? That’s incredibly sad.”Update: Google’s Joseph Smarr refers us to this video interview (at 9:30) he did with Alex Howard, where among other things he offers the following explanation. (Thanks to Carolyn Martin for the transcription.)“It’s not just enough to offer the ability to post under a pseudonymous identifier. If you’re going to make the commitment that we’re not going to out your real identity, that actually takes a lot of work, right? Especially if you’re using your real account to log in, and then posting under a pseudonym. And so we feel a real responsibility that if we’re gonna make the claim to people, “it’s safe, you’re not gonna get outed”, that we really think through the architecture end to end and make sure that there aren’t any loopholes or gotchas where all of a sudden you get outed. And that’s actually a hard thing to do in software. And so, I think that’s [ ]an angle people often miss … we don’t want to do it wrong so we’d rather wait until we get it right.”Does that sound like Google might change this policy in the future? I’ve followed up with Smarr to ask for more details. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#social networks#web last_img read more

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