Pseudonyms

The controversial ‘real name‘ policy of Google+ has found a new twist in the tale, with Google Vice President, Vic Gundotra’s clarification that Google will start allowing (common) people to use pseudonyms. Celebrities had always got a preferential treatment with this name policy, which had not gone too well with most of the people and was strongly opposed by Electronic Frontier Foundation.

While speaking at the Web 2.0 summit, Gundotra said “We plan to support pseudonyms in the future. We’re working on it. It’s coming.” Google+ will be adding features that will ‘support other forms of identity’ in the next few months. It’s not yet clear how exactly those features will look like and what will happen to those who got their accounts blocked due to this controversial naming policy.


Personally, I didn’t like the idea of a social network mandating users to use their real names on the web, even when most of their friends and family members would know them by their pseudonyms. But I expect Google to continue blocking fake names like Eternal Blaze or Professional SEO.


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4 thoughts on “Google Succumbs to Popular Demand, to Allow Pseudonyms on Google+

  1. lol Google first didn’t introduced this feature because they thought that people would like the idea of only allowing real names however now they know that pseudonyms are must and they have to bring this feature as they are definitely losing some pie of social networking.

  2. Allowing pseudonyms also opens up their platform for multiple people to have multiple accounts to satisfy their multiple layers. Nobody is one-sided, so it doesn’t make sense to restrict users to one profile. For example, I like to have my work profiles and my personal profiles separate.

    -Shaina (SOL REPUBLIC)

  3. Well, I’m ready for G+ to accept pseudonyms.  Not all of us are free to be our “real” selves online. G+ disallowed my account awhile back because I make no pretense of being “real.”  With all due respect, some G+ users have names that sound real but aren’t.  My opinion:  one becomes known by their behavior and if it’s responsible, that’s as real as it gets.

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