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Google Has Begun Deleting Private Google+ Profiles

Google gives privacy conscientiousness users an ultimatum

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Google Has Begun Deleting Private Google+ Profiles
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Earlier this month we told you about Google’s plan to delete private profiles, starting on July 31, 2011. Well my friends today is the fateful day, and Google isn’t wasting anytime with the deletion. They recently updated their help section post to include the following:

If you have a private profile, you will see the following message at the top of your profile with options to make it public or delete it:

Your full name is not being displayed on your profile page. This option is no longer supported in Google profiles.

Display my full name publicly | Delete my profile

Do you think this will have a negative effect on Google+ when it launches to the public? Tell us your thoughts.

Essentially Google is giving privacy conscientiousness users an ultimatum, and we’re not sure how well this will sit with Google+ users.

One interesting fact worth pointing out is that the initial help section post stated, “keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile”. With the new updated information, there is no mention of gender at all. This coincides with a video update that Google+ Profiles Product Manager Frances Haugen shared.

It’ll be interesting to see how many people delete their profiles, or have them deleted, simply to avoid displaying their full name.

Google Has Begun Deleting Private Google+ Profiles
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  • http://www.SaltLakeCityOkay.com Adsense Publisher

    It would be interesting to know how many profiles were still private and had to be deleted. I didn’t sign up because I never knew you could set your profile to private. I only want to be social with people I want to be social with. Although you can limit the information that the public sees, I’m still never going to use Google+, or if in the odd chance I cave in like I did with Facebook, I’m not going to put down my real information, just like I did with Facebook. So nobody will know it’s me and that’s as good as creating a private profile I suppose. I mean what if a crazy ex-wife or ex-girlfriend hunts you down through your Google+ profile?

  • http://www.visin.com Tom Townsend

    Not sure what all the fuss is about ??? Is you want use an alias then make up a friggin name….If you want Social Clout then ya gotta use your full name simple as that. I think it’s about time.

  • Simon Terdon

    The effect Google+ might have is really interesting. From a business perspective, it might delay its IPO by two years: http://www.investoo.co.uk/google-poised-to-delay-100bn-facebook-ipo/ . Also, analysts expect Google+ will seriously devalue Facbeook, it may knock off something crazy like $30bn!

  • Renaldo

    Holy crap! Google actually DELETES some data once in a while? Who woulda thunk it?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Jeremy Muncy

      I seriously doubt they’re deleting the data… just the user account that doesn’t grant access to display the full user’s name.