Last Wednesday (5 days ago, 3 business days) I was suspended from Google+ for violating the part of their names policy that states one must use the name they most commonly go by in real life, by using the name I most commonly go by in real life. As I stated in that post when I blogged about it, I selected the button to edit my name, left it untouched, and this then submit my case for review. They state that this review process takes an average of 4 days, and we will continue to be able to use our accounts as per normal while this takes place.
Today I went to +1 someone’s post, and got an error stating “There was a problem performing this action, please try again”. Odd, but not the first time Google+ has acted up on me. Closing the page and re-opening usually fixes it, or restarting my browser. Not this time though, so I thought I’d run a test by posting something to my wall. This time I got a different error.
“Your profile is currently suspended. View profile”.
As you can see from my profile, I last succesfully posted something to my stream yesterday. I have still been getting people adding me to circles on G+ all throughout the day as well. I have not received any emails or notifications to state any changes to my account either through Google+ or through email (spam folders checked as well). My profile cannot be viewed by other accounts either.
Google have just decided out of the blue to change things so that those whose names are under review can no longer use the site as per normal. At least I hope that’s the case as the only other option that comes to mind is that they decided to decline my review and not tell me or provide me with any feedback or options.