Google+ now verifying some user profiles

The Google+ social networking service has been a big success so far with tens of millions of people joining in the past couple of months. That includes a number of celebrities who have decided to have a presence in this new and growing network. But until just a couple of days ago Google was unable to verify if that Google+ profile for William Shatner was, in fact, made by William Shatner.

This week the company announced that it has started to put in verification badges for Google+ profiles. According to a Google+ post by Google's Wen-Ai Yu, verified names will have a grey checkmark logo next to their Google+ name. If you move your cursor on that checkmark it will expand and show "verified name". Yu also said that ordinary Google+ users won't be able to have their profile verified yet, saying, "For now, we’re focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of Circles." She added that verified support should be expanded in the future. However she didn't go into detail on exactly how Google makes sure a Google+ profile is created by the person who supposedly is in charge of it.

Having verified profiles on Google+ should make the service much more inviting for celebs and public figures to join and communicate with other Google+ users. In theory, that should also help expand the number of Google+ users in general. Nearly two months after its public launch Google is still keeping Google+ as an invite only service.

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you should be able to hide behind a username on the internet period. good or bad. google actively enforcing this rule will hurt them in the end. or is hurting them now. fb also has this rule but loosely enforces it. my fb is not my actual name and ive had it since the beginning.

G+ is really interesting in that you need an HTML5 browser to use it.

My workplace allows FB, but I G+ tells me my IE7 and FF3.5 are unsupported.

So, I believe these crazy requirements are are hurting G+.
I haven't used it since signing up.

devobitch said,
hey

when do we get to join?
i think facebook sucks

I have invites available. Send me a PM and I will send you an invite. This goes for all Neowinians!

The Stark said,
Who cares? G+ is dead.

Whoa man ur way off. Its really hit off to a good start and will take over social networking just as soon as they allow people under the age of 18 to make an account.

Baruch sharon said,

Whoa man ur way off. Its really hit off to a good start and will take over social networking just as soon as they allow people under the age of 18 to make an account.

It took off because Google made a splash about it then limited sign-ups. It's just like creating artificial demand by not shipping enough units of a product. I don't think it will fail because I know there are many people who don't want to use Facebook, but I doubt it will not take over unless they can do something Facebook cannot. They came out with group video chat, the next week Facebook came out with theirs, granted it's not group but it doesn't matter because no one uses those features regardless. I'm sure some do, but some people (me) used Zunes too.

Baruch sharon said,

Whoa man ur way off. Its really hit off to a good start and will take over social networking just as soon as they allow people under the age of 18 to make an account.

It's like a ghost town. And G+ simply isn't cool enough to attract teenagers, especially with that "you-have-to-use-your-real-name" crap.

wixostrix said,

It took off because Google made a splash about it then limited sign-ups. It's just like creating artificial demand by not shipping enough units of a product. I don't think it will fail because I know there are many people who don't want to use Facebook, but I doubt it will not take over unless they can do something Facebook cannot. They came out with group video chat, the next week Facebook came out with theirs, granted it's not group but it doesn't matter because no one uses those features regardless. I'm sure some do, but some people (me) used Zunes too.

100% correct.

Reminds me of the southpark episode where Cartman bought his own theme park....

The Stark said,

It's like a ghost town. And G+ simply isn't cool enough to attract teenagers, especially with that "you-have-to-use-your-real-name" crap.

I am getting tired of this... Why do people today seem to have such low IQ scores...

Facebook has ALWAYS required you to use your Real Name. This is NOT a valid point against Google+. Find another one...

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=173909489329079

Frazell Thomas said,

I am getting tired of this... Why do people today seem to have such low IQ scores...

Facebook has ALWAYS required you to use your Real Name. This is NOT a valid point against Google+. Find another one...

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=173909489329079

Look, I always use my real name on social networks. But the problem lies elsewhere. On FB, some of my friends have been using fake names for years without a problem. Google has been deleting not only G+ profiles, but full Google accounts (gmail, youtube, etc). And that is a big difference. Some people have lost years of their emails, just because they have "weird" real names by Google's standards.

The Stark said,

It's like a ghost town. And G+ simply isn't cool enough to attract teenagers, especially with that "you-have-to-use-your-real-name" crap.

This is a pretty terrible argument, teenagers have swarmed to Facebook which also requires you to use your real name. How would one expect to find one's friends if they were not using their real names?

I think there is much more to G+'s limited success than it's naming policy...

The Stark said,

Look, I always use my real name on social networks. But the problem lies elsewhere. On FB, some of my friends have been using fake names for years without a problem. Google has been deleting not only G+ profiles, but full Google accounts (gmail, youtube, etc). And that is a big difference. Some people have lost years of their emails, just because they have "weird" real names by Google's standards.

Facebook will do the same thing if they find you using a fake name...

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=184992378216129

This seriously is not a Google+ only issue... I don't think Google should kill your whole Google account, but whatever imho since I don't use it for my personal email and it is free to those who do Google doesn't need a reason to nuke you.

Frazell Thomas said,

Facebook will do the same thing if they find you using a fake name...

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=184992378216129

This seriously is not a Google+ only issue... I don't think Google should kill your whole Google account, but whatever imho since I don't use it for my personal email and it is free to those who do Google doesn't need a reason to nuke you.


https://plus.google.com/113116...017777871/posts/VJoZMS8zVqU

MYTH: Not abiding by the Google+ common name policy can lead to wholesale suspension of one's entire Google account.

When an account is suspended for violating the Google+ common name standards, access to Gmail or other products that don't require a Google+ profile are not removed. Please help get the word out: if your Google+ Profile is suspended for not using a common name, you won't be able to use Google services that require a Google+ Profile, but you'll still be able to use Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Blogger, and so on. (Of course there are other Google-wide policies (e.g. egregious spamming, illegal activity, etc) that do apply to all Google products, and violations of these policies could in fact lead to a Google-wide suspension.)

That was posted about month ago

Frazell Thomas said,

Facebook will do the same thing if they find you using a fake name...

http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=184992378216129

This seriously is not a Google+ only issue... I don't think Google should kill your whole Google account, but whatever imho since I don't use it for my personal email and it is free to those who do Google doesn't need a reason to nuke you.

Oh please. I have 2 Facebook accounts and both of those are active since 2006-2007 - one for hearing friends and family, and the other solely for deaf friends.

I used my real name on the hearing side, and a nickname/screenname for deaf friends. I keep them separate for reputation reasons. The deaf friends haven't been - and will never be - able to see my hearing friends and vice versa.

I haven't seen my deafie Facebook account being disabled - not even once - since the creation of it in May 2007 (I created my hearing one in Sept 2006).

I could've made a 3rd one for a specific group, but I decided not to b/c it's not worth the hassle - 2 is enough.