Google Starts Verifying Google+ Accounts

Starts with the big guys, “more folks” coming soon

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Google Starts Verifying Google+ Accounts
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Google is rolling out verification badges to Google+ users who qualify as celebrities, public figures, or those who have simply been added to a lot of circles (though they do not specify how many circles this requires). But fret not. That’s just the beginning.

Google’s Wen-Ai Yu writes in a Google+ post, “For now, we’re focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of Circles, but we’re working on expanding this to more folks.”

Here’s a video she shared talking about this:

“Many celebrities and public figures are joining Google+, and if you’re like me, you want to be sure the person you’re adding to a circle is really who they claim to be,” she says.

No dispute there.

Some celebrities have had a little trouble keeping their G+ account up and running in the past (see William Shatner).

Getting people to add others to circles is obviously an important factor in continued Google+ user engagement. And nobody is going to get more followers than celebrities and public figures, so it makes sense that they would start the verification process here.

Celebrity use has been huge for Twitter’s growth (and probably hasn’t hurt Facebook’s either). Verified celebs and the recent addition of games should be tremendously helpful for Google to keep people coming back to their Google+ accounts.

Google Starts Verifying Google+ Accounts
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  • http://www.screamingtips.com/ Imran Soudagar

    Thanks Chris for updating us with this useful infromation. But I think Google is not correct about the original name policy. They must change it. Else people will go away from it.

  • http://www.dxout.com hugh williams

    loads of accounts have been closed as they where using nicknames etc

  • http://digitalexperts.net fahad

    google is realistic in its approach, Google thinks that entire world will start using gmail which is ofcourse don’t seems possible. so google must allow other email users to signup for google plus profile, which can improve many things like google +1 button is useless when non gmail user clicks that.

  • http://digitalexperts.net fahad

    little correction to my comment, I mean to say google is unrealestic in its approach

  • Joe P

    Real social network sites will be owned/operated by the society.

    Both Facebook and Google+ are not owned/operated by society hence not real social networks. The social engineering techniques the sociopath bankster class used in capturing the banking, media, politics is not going to work here.

    Social networks will eventually be owned by the society so facebook and google+ has only short term role, till real social networks emerge.

  • BOB

    Google + is a royal joke.

    Google +: Hello Charlie, we are calling to see is that’s truly you. We at Google + weren’t 100% sure since your last name was spelled wrong.

    Charlie Sheen: this women with two heads just want to suck my blood dry. The same goes for Two and a Half Hollywood elitist oligarch. They try to cut my 11 fingers but left two. A revolution of ladies of the night marching on my hallway asking for certifications of good fatherhood; yet they march like school teachers with four eyes in my bedroom…

    Google +: That’s not enough Charlie. You are G+ VERIFIED!


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