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Google Plus Finally Removes Name Restrictions

16 July, 2014

Source: CIO East Africa

Google plus has finally lifted any and all name restrictions entirely, finally letting you pick whatever name you like while creating accounts.

So if you've always shied away from Google's social network because of its insistence on real names, you can now go ahead and sign up with any name of your choice.

In a statement made by Google, Google said that, when they launched Google+ over three years ago, they had a lot of restrictions on what name users could use on their 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,"added Google.

Google also apologized, stating that they knew Google+ users had been calling for this change for a while and that Google's names policy had been unclear leading to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users.

Google hopes that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that they want it to be.

Unfortunately, you'll still have to use actual letters or numbers Google+ still has some requirements when it comes to choosing what name you want. For example, you'll still need a First and Last name, though you can simply add a dot to the Last name field. There's also a limited number of times you can alter your name maybe up to three months between changes and pretending to be someone else is a no-no. Additionally, using naughty names that violate Google's Terms of Service isn't allowed either.

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