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Google allowing people to use nicknames on Plus service

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.

social media Updated: Jan 25, 2012 16:09 IST

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.

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