Google+ Talks Name Policy, Changes Coming

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Google+ users who might be in violation of the social site’s name policy may soon be receiving a fair notice before their account’s suspension. The news came as Google+’s VP of Product Management Bradley Horowitz worked to calm down concerns and provide some ideas that Google+ is working on for the issue.

Discussing the overall matter in a post, Horowitz stated, “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. 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.”

Providing a  fair notice to users who are in violation of the network’s names policy will allow users to change their name before a suspension could occur.

The social network has had a policy of requiring users to provide their actual names for use on the site. If a user creates a Google+ account with a pseudonym, nickname, or something else, that user’s account could face a review and suspension on the network.

Besides the violation notice idea, Horowitz signaled that Google+ is looking to improve the networks signup process to combat the problem. Another feature would let users search for people using their nicknames.

Google+ launched late last month and has seen a rapid increase in signups despite still operating in limited signup capacity. To view Horowitz’s entire post on the matter, visit: