Google+ will be allowing people to use pseudonyms after all.
The announcement comes after months of strict enforcement of the rule that required Google+ users to use a real identity. In instances in which users tried to use a pseudonym on their Google+ page, the entire Google account of that person was suspended, including their Gmail and other popular services from the company.
Since launch we've listened closely to community feedback on our names policy, as well as reviewed our own data regarding signup completion, said vice president of product at Google+, Bradley Horowitz. The vast majority of users sail through our signup process--in fact, only about .1% submit name appeals.
Senior VP of social Vic Gundotra explained in late 2011 that the Google+ team was recognizing that there are valid situations in which aliases and pseudonyms may be appropriately used, according to ZDNet.
Upon unveiling the new plan, Google said it will attempt to support those that have established identities though the individual may be asked to prove their alias using print media or by showing they have a meaningful following of online fans, according to VentureBeat.
The Google+ team will be rolling out the ability to use pseudonyms and aliases on the social network over the next couple of days, according to Horowitz. To learn more about the new Google+ names policy, visit Google Support.