Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Google+ now allows usernames

Google+ has officially opened itself up to allow any name or username your heart desires. This is both good and bad. Yes it allows you to don your favorite username from Twitter, Reddit, or AIM (is that even a thing anymore), but it does open the network up to anonymous trolls. The likes of which that once plagued YouTube. Google shared this earlier:

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

Personally I liked the real name requirement. Huge fan of speaking to someone and knowing their real name. A personal connection was refreshing in a virtual world filled with anonymous usernames. It was my favorite thing about the social network. What do you think about the change?

Source: Google+