Google+ just celebrated being 3 years old a couple weeks ago, but not without a portion of its users and former users upset with its “real name” policy requirement. This afternoon, via an official Google+ Blog statement, Google has finally given up on its stubborn “real name” policy for Google+ users, and now will allow users to create accounts with any name they wish to across Google services.
On the official Google+ Blog, Google has said:
“We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users,” the post continues. “For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be.”
Right now the word about Google’s about-face is spreading all over the internet. This change in policy comes as a sudden, rather unexpected move from Google who had staunchly defended its real name policy. There are comments coming from various sources who wonder “if anyone will care,” or if this is “too little, too late” for Google to recover from the alienation it has so clearly caused. In addition, we’ll have to stay tuned to see how this loosening of names affects YouTube users, many of whom were very upset at Google for forcing its real name policy upon them.