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Google Plus No Longer Makes You Use Your Real Name

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After years of complaints, Google has finally dropped the real-name restrictions on its Google+ network. The company apologized for the “unnecessarily difficult experiences” the rules had created. When Google+ first launched, Google required that users sign up with their real identities. Over time, those restrictions were lessened, first for Pages and then for YouTube users. Now, anyone can choose to use a pseudonym on Google+. While Google+ started as a grand experiment to add a social layer across all of Google’s products, the service has languished in recent months. With the departure of Google+ chief Vic Gundotra in April, speculation arose that Google might kill off the social network, but co-founder Larry Page promised to “continue working hard to build great new experiences” for Google+ fans.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.