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.