Facebook Adds Alternate Names to User Profiles

In a bid to make it easier for people who have gotten married or who have names in multiple languages to clearly express their identity, Facebook has just turned on a new feature enabling users to display an “alternate name” on their profiles.

Users had previously been able to specify an alternative name so that they could be more easily found in search results. However, now the alternate name is displayed in parentheses next to their full name wherever it appears on their profile, in search results, and in friend requests. For example, here’s how Sophia Huang’s profile looks now that she’s specified an alternate name in Chinese:

This feature should be very handy for people who have names in multiple languages, have a maiden name, or otherwise changed their name. To enter an alternate name, go to the Account Settings page here.