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Google+ Now Support Pseudonyms Only If ‘Established Identity’

Google+ Adds PseudonymsGoogle’s Bradley Horowitz announced that going forward as part of a more “inclusive naming policy for Google+” the company will now allow people to employ pseudonyms as their user names.

“Over the next week, we’ll be adding support for alternate names – be they nicknames, maiden names, or names in another script – alongside your common name. This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name. In the next few weeks, we’ll be displaying it more broadly as part of your name in other areas of Google+ as well,” Horowitz states.

Google+ Adds Pseudonyms

He notes, that working on community feedback on names policy, as well as reviewing our own data regarding signup completion — we found only about 0.1% submit name appeals. Of those:

  • 60% of users want to simply add nicknames.
  • about 20% of appeals are actually businesses (who are inadvertently trying to set up their business as a Profile, rather than using Google+ Pages which were intended for this purpose.)
  • and the remaining 20% would either prefer to use a pseudonym or another unconventional name.

To add an alternate name, go to your Google+ profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.” “It’s important to remember that when you change your name in Google+, you’re changing it across all services that require a Google Profile,” he said.

Also, going forward, Horowitz says that the company is also updating “policies and processes to broaden support for established pseudonyms.” Now, when the Google+ flags a user name you intend to use, users can appeal the decision by providing with information that might include:

  • References to an established identity offline in print media, news articles, etc
  • Scanned official documentation, such as a driver’s license
  • Proof of an established identity online with a meaningful following

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