October 20, 2011, 8:45 AM —
For some, it was no issue, but others felt strongly the policy must change. And change it did, as Google executives announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Google+ will allow non-real names "sometime soon."
Since other services allow obviously fake names (does ANYBODY on Twitter use their real name besides me?), the fact that Google held firm for a real name generated plenty of news. Even more news just a few weeks ago, when Google Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt said the policy will stay in place. Guess he missed the memo.
Now the race is on to see how much Google+ will change with the new policy, if any. Since Google+ gathered about 40 million users, all supposedly using their real names, in about a month, will signups increase, or will they decrease? And why aren't the commenters happier that the policy they didn't like has been changed?
My theory was and will be that Google knew they would have to eventually allow other name types. Meanwhile, everyone that was on the fence, relented and used their real name.
Zhenya on news.ycombinator.com
If this is what it appears to be, congratulations to Google+ for turning around before going over the cliff. Yes, the preferences of a service’s users must come first, no matter how tempting a deal Big Brother may offer.
Trace Wallace on mashable.com
Too late for me
Do you think the reason Google+ lags behind Facebook is because people don't want to use their real names? Or will this policy change have little or no impact on Google+ going forward?