Social Media Today: Selfie Senator, Google+ Ends “Real Names,” New App
By Melony Roy
Booker to become “Selfie Senator”
New Jersey’s Cory Booker is on a congressional quest to become the “Selfie Senator.”
The freshman senator has snapped 11 selfies with U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle.
The first in the series was Senator Angus King with the caption, “A true gentleman and valued source of wisdom for me in the Senate.”
The most recent, his 11th selfie, was posted on Monday with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.
You can check out his “Selfies with fellow Senators” 99 part series on his Instagram account which has nearly 40,000 followers.
Google+ ends “real names”
After years of receiving complaints, Google has finally eliminated a requirement that people use their real names on Google+.
In a blog post, the company explains the original real-names-only policy “helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.”
The company also apologized for “some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users” as a result of its names policy being unclear.
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