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Google Plus Username Update

When Google+ was launched three years ago, there was lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. Over the years, it's loosened that restriction by allowing folks to use their desired name on their profile pages plus eventually letting YouTube users use their existing usernames.  Recently Google+ announced that there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.

There's also a limited number of times you can alter your name -- maybe up to three months between changes -- and pretending to be someone else is a no-no. Additionally, we hear that using naughty names that violate Google's Terms of Service isn't allowed either.

You can check official help here at Support

Google to shut down Orkut

Google to shut down Orkut

Orkut, Google's first social networking site, will cease to exist after September.  Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is still very popular in India and Brazil, on September 30. According to its website about 50.6 per cent of its users were from Brazil. Another 20.44 per cent came from India, while the US and Pakistan accounted for 17.78 per cent and 0.86 per cent, respectively.

"Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell," Google said in a post on the Orkut blog.

Closing of Orkut provides ample opportunity for Google communities to take-off.  Google communities are finding many users among social media fans, especially in India. If you are on Orkut user in India, there are many communities for you to explore, prominent among them is the larges…