I just wanted to say thank you, its nice to see i'm not the only one screaming "WTF people?" from the rooftops. Ever since G+ and Brin gave his infamous "privacy is dead" speech Google has been just as big a douchebag when it comes to lock in and walled gardens as the other two, more and more the "FOSS friendly" and "You can do what you want with your data" are looking as bygone as the Woz upgrade friendly days of Apple, yet because somebody comes up with a stupid slogan that works as an RDF to deflect any and ALL criticism of the company? Honestly if you like Google then I think that you should hold it to a higher standard, after all if there is zero difference between Google,MSFT,and Apple WTF is the point of using Google? Its just another walled garden "corporate working against the user" supermegacorp in that case.
You mark my words, within the next 24 months we are gonna see more and more services that aren't ingrained in G+ get axed or so tightly integrated it'll be unusable unless you use G+. BTW it wasn't just offensive names that got blocked or hassled, I don't know how many times I've had G+ pester the shit out of me for not letting it tie everything to my real name, its gotten bad enough that I now keep a separate browser for YouTube so that there is no Gmail account access in that browser. But mark my words the old "FOSS friendly" and "open data" days are gonna be killed as dead as openness at Apple yet thanks to that stupid slogan Google could replace the search background with a Goatse and the flag wavers would be trumpeting their "dry sense of humor". To me the most ironic part is you could take any press release announcing these changes, replace a few words so that its Apple or MSFT doing them? And watch the pitchforks come out, but because of that magical do no evil RDF Google will get praised for doing the same shit that the other two get crucified for doing.