Hi everyone, I'm Saurabh, a product manager on the Google+ team.

One of the things we strive for on Google+ is to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world. So as part of this effort, we’ve asked that those signing up for the service use the name they commonly go by in the real world.

In the past, when we found a profile that was not in line with our Names Policy (take a look: http://goo.gl/qh5V9 -- we’ve updated it with examples), we used to suspend the profile and then let the user appeal.

We’re listening, learning, and iterating to give our users the best experience possible. Starting today, if we find that your profile name does not adhere to our policy, we’ll give you a 4 day grace period to change your profile name or appeal our finding before we take further action. During this period, you can continue to use Google+ as usual. We're hoping that most affected users will be able to quickly change their profile name while continuing to enjoy all that Google+ has to offer.

As always, Google believes you own your data. In the event you are unable to comply with our names policy, you can still take all your content with you, even after your profile is suspended. Visit Google Takeout for more details.

Thanks, and as always, please let us know what we can do to make Google+ better for you.

Google+ Update: Common Name Grace Period
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