Google Adds Real Name Verification to Google +

by David Whitehouse
See Dave Speak SMX London

Google has recently released Real Name Verification for Google +. At the moment it is only open to celebrities, but they plan on rolling it out to everyone according to the announcement by Wen-Ai Yu on the Google Plus Updates Channel on YouTube (see video embedded below):

If you watch the video and then have a think about what this may mean. First of all, one of the biggest problems on Twitter, is they really do have a problem with spammers – a high percentage of followers appear to be spam accounts. With Google requiring everyone to be verified they will actually reduce spam a lot. On a more sinister note though, there is something creepy about having your social profile verified, but maybe we’ll get less trolls and flaming…

At this time I don’t think it is going to be compulsory – but if it were to be compulsory it may limit free speech – would you have wanted to speak out against Gadafi if you lived in Tripoli a few months ago with your name verified?

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