Google+ took the next logical step regarding names, given the company’s stated belief that people should use their real names when they create a Google+ account. It now has a verification service that puts a gray check mark next to famous names the company has verified are the actual celebrities they seem to be.
The new feature was explained in a post by Google+ team member Wen-Ai Yu who said it was “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.”
Wu said the company was looking at ways to verify people who were not household names but who nonetheless had been added to many other people’s circles.
Google’s decision to implement a verification system stems from their desire for “quality” over “quantity,” as the company previously spoke about.The company also said it would contact users before deleting their profiles for violating the service’s terms, following complaints about deletions without notice.
Wen-Ai Wu’s Google+ post – http://tinyurl.com/43hjl9k
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