But the dominate majority is american, so it doesn't matter. My company is global, we sold to 3 people in South Africa last year. Doesn't mean we design products for South Africans, since those 3 South African sales were worth the effort.
And 99.99999% of slashdot users recognize the finger as offensive. Plenty of people are pretending that its perfectly normal so they can rant about censorship, but everyone here most certainly recognizes it as offensive ... of course thats because ... most of slashdot's user base is from America, hence the bias towards ... American nerd news.
it's like making a music store only catering to people who listen to Mozart.
Well, I don't know about Mozart specifically, but I can name a store that only sells Jimmy Buffet stuff. I can think of stores that only sell Jazz. I can think of lots of very successful businesses that are focused. I can't really name one non-massive company that isn't rather focused in one or two specific areas, well, at least I can't think of any that aren't failures.
there's a wide difference with offering a social network and offering a community interaction site too
Yep, but for the most part, we're all humans with the same basic wants and needs. The differences in cultures are not that big in the grand scheme of things, even if you and a few others like you try to blow them out of proportion. Most people have the common sense to not be offended by someone elses ignorance in regard to gestures. There are of course fanatics, mostly the religious type that go to extremes but you can't really cater to them either. Most people won't take offense when a foreigner makes a gesture that is offensive to them since they know the foreigner might be ignorant of their culture. Most people have common sense, thats how they survive in the world. The worst that happens is they say 'stupid Americans' and then they don't get bothered about it anymore.
However, when that stupid American makes it clear they understand the gesture they are making is offensive and they do it intentionally, well that changes things.
(the realname debacle implies that too).
Google has chosen not to be a platform for you to use to remain anonymous. They didn't do it because they wanted your real name. They already know your real name, with the amount of data they get, its trivial for them to figure out exactly who you are.
Why they made that choice, I don't know. Perhaps they don't want to get involved in political issues where people like the Chinese speak out against their country and hide behind Google. They at least are making it clear they you will not be hidden and thats not what G+ is about. G+ is about your real identity being known, if you don't like that, its not for you.
I like it. I really don't have a problem with it, perhaps its because I stopped doing things that embarrassed me or that I wanted to hide from other people. I realize now that people are also a lot less likely to be dicks if their real name is attached, plenty of people are still dicks, but there are fewer of them.
Computer courage is a funny thing. People will do amazing shit if they think people won't realize its them.
who the fuck really gets offended by a strangers middle finger on the internet?
Me. Well, not really, but I don't really need to see your finger so you can show me that your a douche bag because you think the first thing people should see about you is the finger.
We're talking about someone who is intentionally putting a KNOWN offensive gesture on the first thing you see about the person, it shows up everywhere.
We're not talking about doing something that may be misconstrued. No one uses the finger in any way except to mean fuck you. There is NO other interpretation. They are intentionally being crude ... and making that a very public image. It shows up next to every post they make, anything that links back to them, everywhere in Google+. Shows up on chats, emails, hangouts, everywhere.
This isn't a woman without her face covered which means nothing to American's and is sacrilege to others, that would be unintentional. It isn't someone holding up the wrong version of the peace sign because they're ignorant.
This is intentional. This is premeditated. This is clearly someone trying to push the boundaries. This is just some douche back wanting to show his ass and then screaming censorship to draw attention to himself. If you can't recognize that, you're an idiot.
Assholes like this are detracting from the value of a word like 'censor'. Every time something like this gets press it makes the right minded people of the world care less and less about it, cause every time they hear about it it turns out to be some idiotic asshole ...