Gmail/google+ confusion

A few days ago I set up a new gmail account under a nickname. I already have a long standing google mail account under my real name but wanted a separate account.

Yesterday I received an email from google telling me there was a problem with my google+ account. It needed a real name or it would be shut down. Now as far as I know google+ is a social networking site? A bit like face book? I wasnt aware I was signing up for it. I thought I was just signing up for a gmail. I dont intend to ever use google+. Are the two inseparable? Can't I have "just" a gmail account like my main account?

I think you automatically get a google+ account now when you set up a google account. You'd need to disable/shut it down if you don't.

You could setup a real fake name for your nickname like Bill Compton. Bill could live in the south and work construction. He has a nice wife that is on the plump side but not to plump. Bill has a good dog named Cerebus, a hound dog. Bill also has a daughter named Susan that is the apple of his eye. Susan is getting to that age where she is noticing boys. Bill has a gay son named Optimus. Optimus is currently dating a half black half latino boy named James Vega. James never shows signs of affection in public. If Optimus hadn't told Bill James was gay Bill would have thought they were only friends.

Bill's life is mostly drama free except for that fact Susan's friend Ruby constantly flirts with him when she thinks no one is looking. Ruby is just sixteen but could past for twenty if you didn't talk to her. Ruby tends to attract the attention of a lot of older guys since she is extremely beautiful girl. Oddly enough the only other person she flirts with is James Vega and she knows he is gay. Ruby possibly seeks out attention from guys she knows she can not have. Bill loves his wife and would never mess with a underage girl. James is well gay and would not cheat on Optimus any way.

Currently Bill is a little down because he couldn't go to PAX with his Wife and Son. Also Susan is bringing over a boy for Bill to meet. Optimus tells Bill the boy is good guy but Bill can not help thinking he is losing his daughter.

That's google's way of trying to make google+ succeed. You get the account whether you want it or not.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

You could setup a real fake name for your nickname like Bill Compton. Bill could live in the south and work construction. He has a nice wife that is on the plump side but not to plump. Bill has a good dog named Cerebus, a hound dog. Bill also has a daughter named Susan that is the apple of his eye. Susan is getting to that age where she is noticing boys. Bill has a gay son named Optimus. Optimus is currently dating a half black half latino boy named James Vega. James never shows signs of affection in public. If Optimus hadn't told Bill James was gay Bill would have thought they were only friends.

Bill's life is mostly drama free except for that fact Susan's friend Ruby constantly flirts with him when she thinks no one is looking. Ruby is just sixteen but could past for twenty if you didn't talk to her. Ruby tends to attract the attention of a lot of older guys since she is extremely beautiful girl. Oddly enough the only other person she flirts with is James Vega and she knows he is gay. Ruby possibly seeks out attention from guys she knows she can not have. Bill loves his wife and would never mess with a underage girl. James is well gay and would not cheat on Optimus any way.

Currently Bill is a little down because he couldn't go to PAX with his Wife and Son. Also Susan is bringing over a boy for Bill to meet. Optimus tells Bill the boy is good guy but Bill can not help thinking he is losing his daughter.

My fake googlemail account (I'm a holdout!) has a similarly detailed back story.