Google's social networking site has relaxed a requirement that real names be used for making a Google+ profile, allowing people to use nicknames or pseudonyms.
Google said it would also allow maiden names and names in non-Latin scripts.
The search giant would, however, ask people to provide proof that they are known by that alternate name, The Herald Sun reports.
The proof may include a reference in a news article or a link to a blog with a "meaningful following."
Google+ rival, Facebook, requires real names. Some social networks have been reluctant to permit alternate names, arguing that real names improve trust.