Some users are upset because they want to use a pseudonym as a privacy measure and don't want to be forced to use their real name. Others complained that they used their real names but had their accounts deleted anyway because they have non-traditional names or their names have foreign-language characters.
Google+ executives said they've heard the complaints and they are working to rectify the situation.
"We've noticed that many violations of the Google+ common name policy were in fact well-intentioned and inadvertent and for these users our process can be frustrating and disappointing," wrote Bradley Horowitz, a vice president of product management at Google, in a Google+ post . "So we're currently making a number of improvements to this process -- specifically regarding how we notify these users that they're not in compliance with Google+ policies and how we communicate the remedies available to them."
Horowitz added that in a "matter of weeks," Google+ will warn users and give them a chance to correct their names before they're suspended from the site. The site also will give users guidance on how they can change their names to meet the site's rules.
He also said Google is working on helping users come up with appropriate account names when they first sign up for the site to avoid any trouble down the road. For users who want to use nicknames or maiden names to help friends and colleagues find them on Google+, the site will offer users a way to display that information.
"These and many more changes are coming," Horowitz said. "We're flattered and appreciative of your support and interest. I assure you, teams of passionate individuals are pouring their talents and care into making this a great experience for you."