updated 08:45 pm EST, Mon January 23, 2012
Adds maiden names and pseudonyms as well
Google+ will begin allowing users to be known by their nickname or alternative names. Through a Google+ update, the company's Brad Horowitz has advised the social network's members that it will soon let them add a name such as a nickname, maiden name, or name in another non-Latin script alongside the common name that they require as part of an individual's profile. The change is not immediate, but the company advises it will take place over the next week.
Google reminded users that any change in a name will propagate throughout all of its services that require a profile. The company has also modified its policy towards using names which don't represent an individual. Google is making it easier to use pseudonyms, although it won't be a blanket change.
It will also simplify the process for individuals using an already established identity such as in a blog or in other media. In such situations, an individual can provide a reference to their established identity offline, send a scan of an official document, or show proof of an established identity with a significant following.