During its infancy, Google+ came under scrutiny due to Google’s requirement that all Google+ users use their natural name in their profiles. The problem with this is that some people are better known by their nicknames and stage names. After many months of waiting, Google is now ready to allow everyone to add an alternative name to their Google+ profile.
Google will begin implementing these changes over the next week or so. There will be an option in the “edit profile” section that will allow users to add a second identity. Google also reminded everyone that their nicknames will follow them across any service that uses their Google Profile.
Google will continue to flag nicknames that may not be appropriate. If that happens, the offender will have to prove to Google that their nickname accurately represents their true identity.