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Google+ apologized and reversed its ‘real name’ policy

Yes, you are reading it right in the title; Google has stalled its policy of asking people to submit their real names for its social networking website Google+. Google+ debuted four years ago and it consisted of too many restrictions at the time of its launch. One of its requirements was that the users enter their original name instead of a nickname or a favored name.google-plus

This policy did not work in favor of Google+ as many of the users were not pleased with it. The unappealing policy of Google+ has now been reversed and people do not require to enter their real names in order to enjoy the social networking on Google+.


Google stated in its official Google+ Page:

“When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This 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.”

“Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.”

Google understood the fact that people had been demanding something similar for a long time. The relaxation in terms of not using the real names would also trigger the member count of the social networking website.

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Finally, Google apologized for the username restrictions it had enforced to Google+ users. The decision of reversing the policy, taken by Google will definitely work in favor of the social networking website. Are you still active on Google+?

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About David Mayor

Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David

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