Google messed up a lot by banning users left and right for not having used their “real names” on Google+. They tried to win back the hearts by revising their naming policy, but made it clear that they still want users to avoid pseudonyms and nicknames while opening their Google+ accounts. But now, they seem to have kept aside all these to welcome will.i.am, a popular American rapper, musician, songwriter, singer, actor and producer.
will.i.am is actually a pseudonym and stage name of William James Adams, Jr. and it is true that hardly anyone knows him by his real name. will.i.am joined Google+ earlier today (his profile) and is already verified by Google+ team. Vic Gundotra, the head and most notable face of Google+ team welcomed will.i.am through a status update and was immediately attacked by hundreds of disgruntled Google+ users on how he allowed will.i.am to get away from the strict naming policy of the social network.
Vic is yet to provide a reply of any sorts. We have reached out to him and will update this post with whatever Vic or Google has to say.
Update: No real updates from Vic or the team, but I found something relevant here – http://www.google.com/intl/en/+/policy/content.html. It says
13. Display Name
To help fight spam and prevent fake profiles, use the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of those would be acceptable.
Wonder if will.i.am is an acceptable form of William James Adams, Jr.!