Google+ Removes Real Name Restrictions, Choose Monikers of your Choice for your Google+ Profile

Jul 16, 2014 | 1,267 views | by Ritu Sharma
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Google has finally dropped the restriction of using real names on Google+ profiles. When Google+ was launched three years ago, users were only allowed to use their real names. This excluded the people who wanted to create their accounts on Google+ without using their real names.

Google has softened the policy several times in the past, allowing users to use pseudonyms and nicknames on certain occasions but this time it has completely abandoned the policy. The social networking site has also apologized for the delay and thanked users for their opinions in making the Google+ community a success.

Previously Google+ not only restricted the use of pseudonyms or unusual names but also flagged such accounts. Additionally, the name changing policy that limited changes to three every two years has been adjusted now to once every 90 days.

It is not very clear how will this change influence other features that are tied into Google+ names including the authorship as well as the display of bylines on Google search results. We will have to wait to watch what difference will the new feature make and how will it affect Google+. But, as of now you can change your name to any moniker of your choice.

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Ritu from PageTraffic is a qualified Google Adwords Professional and Content Head at PageTraffic. She has been the spear head for many successful Search Marketing Campaigns and currently overseas Content Marketing operations of Page Traffic in India.