After much internal deliberation, Google+ responded to the pseudonymous discontents, many of whom are in New York, last night. It wasn’t quite the answer they wanted. “One of the things we strive for on Google+ is to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world,” product manager Saurabh Sharma said in a G+ post. “So as part of this effort, we’ve asked that those signing up for the service use the name they commonly go by in the real world.”
Much of the criticism around Google’s real names policy stemmed from the inconvenience of having a user account shut down, which affected users’ ability to use other Google products such as Google Reader. Now, users will get a four day warning before taking “further action.” During the grace period, users will have full access to their accounts–and can pull their data out and put it on Diaspora, for all Google cares.
“We’re hoping that most affected users will be able to quickly fix their profile name while continuing to enjoy all that Google+ has to offer,” Mr. Sharma wrote.
Another point of irritation for pseudonymous users was the apparent favoritism when it came to celebrities. Hm, we guess Curtis James Jackson III does go by 50 Cent in the real world.