Google+ now lets you use a fake name

google now lets use fake name plus
Some of you may recall that there was a bit of a hoo-ha over Google’s no-fake-name policy when Google+ launched three years ago. And it never really went away.

The Web giant was so antsy about the rule that it accidentally kicked William Shatner off its then fledgling social networking site in the belief that it wasn’t really William Shatner. But it was. The former captain of the Starship Enterprise subsequently had his account restored.

In an about-face, the Mountain View company on Tuesday surprised many by giving the green light for account holders to use any darn name they like – as long as it hasn’t been taken, of course. Whether it’s silly, weird, non-sensical, or just plain bonkers, Google+ will now welcome you and your made-up name with open arms.

‘No more restrictions’

In a post on its site, the company said that after relaxing the policy gradually over the last couple of years (including allowing +Page owners to use any name and letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+), it had decided to take the final step, announcing that “there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.”

“We know you’ve been calling for this change for a while,” the post said. “We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users.” Though hopefully Shatner’s over it by now.

“For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be.”

If you think the elimination of the naming restriction means that trolls will now be stripping down to their underpants to sit at their PC and fill Google+ (and YouTube) with comments ranging from unpleasant to bilious, the site’s chief architect, Yonatan Zunger, is reassuring users that “one of the reasons this is safe to launch is that our troll-smashing department has gotten very good at their job.”

The Web company will be hoping that by lifting the naming restriction on Google+ it’ll be able to boost its user base by attracting new members who were previously put off by the idea of having to use their real name.

So, were you a fan of the old rule? Sad to see it go? Sound off in the comments below.

Social Media

You can now share saved Facebook posts with a Pinterest-like collection tool

Facebook collections can now be shared with friends if you also want to allow them to contribute to the list. Facebook is rolling out an update that allows users to add a contributor to their collections, or lists of saved Facebook posts.
Computing

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.
Emerging Tech

Feast your eyes on the wildest, most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines ever built

Want to see something totally mesmerizing? Check out several of the best Rube Goldberg machines from across the internet, including one that serves cake and other that do ... nothing particularly useful.
Movies & TV

Ice meets fire in HBO's latest 'Game of Thrones' season 8 teaser

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Mobile

Broadway actor tells Kanye West to get off his phone during opening night

Theater actors can get understandably upset when they spot someone in the audience fiddling with their phone instead of watching the show. The other night that audience member was Kanye West, and he got called out for it.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.