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When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.
Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. Google+ Real Names Restriction Lifted, Nicknames Now Permitted [plus.google.com]
joined:Aug 30, 2012
I think G have lost their way with G+ and it has no identity to make it stand out from Facebook.The time for that was in 2004-2006. Unfortunately Google seems to be quite derivative and me-tooish about everything now to such an extent that Johnson's quip about originality springs to mind.
If real names are hidden from public view, then people will be a lot less inhibited about what they say.
will it make G+ more popular as a destination?
KNOWN NAMES AND ALIASES
aka John Doe
aka Johnathan Doe (salesclerk typo)
aka Johuthan Doe (salesclerk typo)
aka John Dough (Match.example.com)
aka Huan Hung Lo (Match.example.com)
aka Ben Dover (Match.example.com)
aka TYRANTosaurus (politics.example.com)
aka BlackhatNegativeSEO (webmasterworld.com)
aka etc., so on and so forth