Google+, so far, asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life – trying to make online sharing more like real world sharing. Google+ with a new move will allow users to bring their nicknames, pseudonyms, and other identities onto the social network.
As per Bradley Horowitz, VP Product at Google+, Google+ post said that, “When we analyze the set of all name appeals on Google+, we find that the majority (60%) of these 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.
Horowitz said that over the next week, the company will start supporting “alternate names” to be listed alongside a user’s given name. Nicknames, maiden names, and names in other, non-Roman alphabets could potentially be used here.
“This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name,” Horowitz wrote. “In the next few weeks, we’ll be displaying it more broadly as part of your name in other areas of Google+ as well.”
On Google+, the company is trying to flag names which don’t represent individuals, such as businesses or abstract ideas which should be +Pages. Sometimes it results in wrong, so starting today Google+ is updating its policies and processes to broaden support for established pseudonyms, from +trench coat to +Madonna – Horowitz further added.
As we already know, Google’s social network – Google+ is trying its level best to compete with Facebook and Twitter and this is what we feel that it results in introducing of new features and services from time to time.
Earlier this month itself, Google+ announced “Create Meme feature” and “Allows you to record and share video via webcam feature.”