Google+ changes names policy; allows nicknames, maiden names

Published Date
24 - Jan - 2012
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24 - Jan - 2012
 
Google+ changes names policy; allows nicknames, maiden names

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have previously stressed on users having their real names and information. However, Google seems to have taken a U-turn on the issue, as it is now going to allow users to have their nicknames on its social networking site, Google . Google has also said that it will allow maiden names and names in non-Latin script.

There’s a catch, though. Google may still turn down some names. Google employees are supposedly going to manually review name changes. Users will then have to furnish proof that they are known by that specific nickname. The proof may include a reference in a new article or a link to a blog.

“If they’re good actors in another place on the Internet, like a blog, they can take the reputation or credit they’ve earned over there and cash it in on Google Plus,” said Bradley Horowitz, a vice president of product who works on Google Plus. “It’s a judgment call.”

To add an alternate name, go to your Google profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.” It’s pertinent to mention here that once you change your name in Google , you’re changing it across all services that require a Google Profile. For more details, check out the updated Google Names Policy.

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