In a bit of a reversal, Google+ will reportedly be moving away from its strict real name policy and allow users to use pseudonyms. The news was apparently relayed by Google social chief Vic Gundotra himself. There is no timeline for the change, but it is likely tied to the user verification program.
Google caused a bit of a stir when it announced that all Google+ users would have to use their real names. The company even began booting people that it thought were not following the rules. That led to some people being wrongly suspended. But just recently, Google began verifying accounts for public figures, and promised the little people a method to get verified in the future.
We suspect that the change to allowing pseudonyms will take place around the time that regular users can get verified. This way, people can still have conversations with others, and know they are who they claim to be, but another group can go about its business being anonymous. How do you feel about this change?