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A big, welcome, long-awaited, about-time change for Google+. You can now use whatever name you want.

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. 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. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

Source: Google+ (if, indeed, that is its real name)

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Source: Google+ (if, indeed, that is its real name)

ScottJ says:

Cool. I'm going to claim "Jerry Hildenbrand".

DWR_31 says:

Yay Google...!
Trick everyone that changes their names into a big data base for the NSA to keep track of.

Great idea..!
Give the people what they want and give the NSA what need. (More info on people trying to hide on the internet.)

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!

celebrity86 says:

This is terrible.. I don't want to see ridiculous names.. That's for Twitter and Facebook

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KarlDag says:

Exactly. I don't see how that's a good idea at all, except bring in more users by accepting idiots who don't want to use their real name because they're trolling or posting ridiculous/unacceptable stuff. G+ felt more mature to me because of that...

Warrenisit says:

Ridiculous and unacceptable.... Hahaha Let's just censor the whole internet to make people like you happy.

paisley99 says:


ScottJ says:

Don't censor... Make them own up to their opinion.

mwara244 says:

I was able to keep my name but change the way others see it a year ago by having my first name and then just the first letter of my last name, and I could of changed it all to what ever I wanted anyways, I think you could have done this all along.

briankurtz79 says:

I don't use Instagram and others because I don't know who I'm talking to. I have to go through pictures to figure out who's who in the ridiculous screen name game. Then I have to remember all of them to have a smooth experience when I scroll through the feed. No thanks. It's not that important. I'll just talk to people in real life where they can't hide behind some made up fake identity...

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MarkSeven says:

But if ur an music artist and go by a stage name it is important for u to be able to go by the name u are most known as. I understand the gripe with the ridiculous names tho..

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RumoredNow says:

Well... I had to invent Fakey McNamedrop as an alter ego in order to avoid putting my legal name all over the internet while making it clear that the "character" posting is not a true identity. Many people just don't want to put their true name on the internet due to privacy concerns... So which policy forces more ridiculous names?

......... You're joking, right?

RumoredNow says:


If I could just have used the nickname "RumoredNow" that I prefer, I would have. I have absolutely ZERO desire to put my given name all over the interweb and it has NOTHING to do with wanting to post smarta$$ comments. I want to participate online without the exposure.

Don't you know employers deep scan looking for your online comments and activities now? We've all heard about people being fired for their facebook posts and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Call me paranoid, I don't care. Big Brother is watching and you can't get away from that, but also certain power structures not related to government are interested in data mining and it's not for the benefit of individuals.

I've also been stalked online, blackmailed, threatened, harassed and bullied. Maybe you haven't - good for you - but it only has to happen once before you learn. AND I don't want a bunch of people from my past suddenly tracking me down and begging for a bunch of my attention. I find that an abysmal waste of time.

Kvoth says:

Yeah, YouTube comments are gonn go back down the crapper, starting immediately.

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sher9501 says:

You could have any name even before on YouTube. Just create another channel using the same account and give it a name you want.

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hmmm says:

Back when I briefly used Google+ because google forced me I used a fake name just fine. I cancelled soon after since google+ is stupid and I just wanted to leave a comment on an app I paid for.

Google never forced you.

nldr says:

Finally! Just changed my name!!

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Dizfunctions says:


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Zig261 says:

It's far too late Google. Plus is already irreversibly damaged.

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ScottJ says:

"Plus is already irreversibly damaged"

We're talking about Google+, not you.

tdizzel says:

You win today, sir

thatguy97 says:

Clap clap

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Aww still holding onto that dead puppy? Cute! But mostly creepy.

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ScottJ says:


rd_nest says:

When you say damaged, it means it was good once.
G+ was always useless. There is no reason for this app to exist any more.

ScottJ says:

I'm on G+ more than I am Facebook. You can pry it from my cold, dead hands.

E60351 says:

ditto ... fb once a day, g+ hourly?

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If I'm on Google plus, it's because I've spent the last 3 hours looking for a setting for another Google service and keep getting led round in circles back to it.

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hulickr says:

+1 :)

ScottJ says:

You must be pretty dense.

iknownothing says:

Circles- I see what you did there.

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"Like" Google plus is dead you are right.

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ScottJ says:

Is that English?

Turd Ferguson...

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tdizzel says:

So I can change my name, and my old name has the right to be forgotten...consider that restraining order beaten!

rd_nest says:

Ohh, forgot to login to my g+ account in 2014. Don't remember what I posted there last. Only reason I have this account is for photo backup.
Not a single colleague, friend uses this. Waste of time for me..

ScottJ says:

You need better colleagues and friends.

rd_nest says:

Do you seriously believe that I will change friends for an useless app?
Like I said, only reason it's there because of photo backup.

G+ is a junk.

ScottJ says:

"G+ is a junk."

A Chinese boat? Hardly.

The G+ community is probably too intellectual for the Facebook crowd. I can sympathize even if I can't empathize.

GadgetGator says:

Clearly you have not seen some of the post there! My dog is more intellectual.

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ScottJ says:

Clearly you should learn not to assume.

Kvoth says:

Don't feed the trolls, G+ is better off without people with that kind of attitude anyway. In fact we should be saying something like:

Yes, G+ is trash, you're right... please don't use it!

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ScottJ says:

True. I hope the rabble stays away.

fiverings5 says:

Only thing Google+ did was drain my battery. Could not find a way to turn it off, so I deleted it. Never found any real use for it either.

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ScottJ says:

It is a bit much to expect the anti-social to embrace a social network.

rd_nest says:

You need to get out of your mom's basement and meet real people.

ScottJ says:

That makes no sense. I wouldn't expect anything else from you.

I have 15 gmail accounts. Only one uses a form of my real name, the rest are psuedonyms for various reasons.

Anyone wanting to use a fake name on G+ has always been able to do so. I guess the two difference here is Google will no longer shut you down if they think you're name is fake.

udazavlanje says:

Thank God ! We had a stalker or hacker trying to get in our family circles posing as one of us - common friend or family member. Then, soon after tried to log in into email account ... I really hated how by default Google was making us accessible. Good news
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Tigrisan says:

I still have to have a first and last name and it won't let me pick whatever display name I want so as far as I'm concerned, it's still a useless piece of wazoo since I don't want my legal name out there thanks to a stalker ex! Just another reason why I haven't bothered with it. I was forced to use it to utilize other Google products and that's the only reason I even have it.

mrfg says:

Same here... just tried to change my profile name, but Google still says that it doesn't follow their guidelines. :-(

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djohansson says:

Why would you want to go by another name..? This is just gonna get the trolls back to YouTube.

schnoid says:

I think G+ is great. Wish everyone would ditch facebook for it. I know facebook has worked to copy some of G+'s privacy settings, but I like how the circles are laid out. Most of what I want to post is for immediately family or very close friends, not the 300+ people I have on facebook. I like that it's easy to organize people and that all my android images get automatically backed up to G+.

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Only reason why i use G+ is for YouTube comments...


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What we shouldn't be doing:

Forgetting that users have been asking for this and numerous other changes of annoying functionality constantly over the last 2 years, and that this small victory is little consolation.

What we should be doing:

Seeing that Google have in fact recognised a mistake finally and acted on it (I doubt this will stop my g+ name replacing my channel name on youtube every 2 weeks, but it may still be a step in the right direction). So many IT businesses refuse to change a bad decision, it's nice to see mistakes being admitted AND fixed.

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icebike says:

Agreed. In fact yours is about only intelligent post on this story.

Me, still not joining plus.

ScottJ says:

" In fact yours is about only intelligent post on this story."

Oh, irony. You are such a vengeful mistress.

Saturn1217 says:

Very happy but a little afraid to try this. The last time I tried to change my Google+ name (so that my real name wasn't all over the internet) it changed the name that gmail showed to my contacts, which I DO want to be my real name because I am intentionally contacting the people that I email and I don't want my boss for example to get confused. Has anyone who tried yet know if this is still an issue?

ConTejas says:

Looks to me if you change your G+ name it changes it for EVERYTHING. I'm in exactly the same boat as you. I don't want my Gmail to show some snarky screen name. From what I can see, this is exactly the same as it's been for at least a few weeks when I last tried it. OP how about a step by step "how to" to make sure we're doing this correctly? What's the latest version of G+?

Jamookie says:

Now they just need to fix the other half of the problem that the G+ crap ties into everything else. Thery need to stop using your G+ avatar for your contact photo in android. Hell, just stop forcing everything to tie into G+. I wouldn't mind logging my achievements in games or saving my scores across devices, but stop bugging me to share my game info with everyone.

bgl321 says:

I use Google + for the photo back up. It creates some really cool "auto awesome" photos and "stories".

headhoncho89 says:

Why wouldn't you use your real name on this social network? Google+ is where I get real info..cmon

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ScottJ says:

These are the same type of assholes that black out their car windows so you can see who's running you off the road.

baldypal says:

Then why can't i remove my name and just leave behind my nickname? It's still forcing me to fill in both firstname and lastname boxes. When i'd like it to only say "BaldyPal".

ConTejas says:

Yep, no clue how this is something new. I really don't mind using my real name on G+, but I'd change it if I had the option to without it adding the "nickname" when I sent an email via gmail.

fd svensson says:

That's amazing. This is the oldest news I'm ever read about on Android Central. It's over a year ago that US forced Google to let you have what name you like. My name is John Doe in Swedish.

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Not a fan of this either.

Wicket says:

I suppose this will make people stop crying but at the same time there will be more crying now that all the trolls can move in and hide behind a username... :/