Online giants Google have revealed that they are set to remove all private accounts within their new Google Plus social networking platform following a review of the current accounts showed that a number of users were limiting the exposure of their accounts online.
Last week Google announced the release of their Twitter and Facebook alternative ‘Google Plus', sparking a rush of online users to sign up to the platform in a bid to get a glimpse of the latest addition to the Google brand but it seems that many of those users were looking to keep the majority of their information private from those who were not associated with them, a move that Google have revealed is not in the spirit of the use of the Google Plus site.
Google gave their thoughts over the matter within their Google+ help section as they commented on the use of private profiles used on the platform, saying that there are a large number of users who are currently restricting their profile from being viewed by the public.
The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don't allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
Although the move to delete private profiles from their database seems to be one that will not please a large percentage of those who are currently using a private profile, Google have moved to assure those users that their profile will not be completely public, saying within their statement that only your full name and gender will be displayed to others, other personal information will still be able to be omitted from their view should you wish it to be.
For example, Google have said that as standard the profiles of users will be used within search results in a bid to improve business communications and deliver a better user experience for those that are searching for specific products and services but you will be handed the option of being removed from the inclusion within the settings of your account.
If you are one of the many users that currently use the Google+ social networking platform that has a private account, you have been told that you have a couple of options in which to proceed, you can make a new public account, delete your account manually from within the platform or you can do nothing and they will remove the account from the database after July 31st 2011.
The move seems to be one that will ensure that the Google+ site offers the same feel as many of the major social networking sites already out there on the market while ensuring that you can not hide behind filters as you perform actions online.
The announcement to remove private accounts from Google+ seems to be one that will shake a few users into deciding not to use the site but will this prevent you from using the latest Google offering or will you still look to have your profile open to exposure?