Google Plus Adds “Verified Accounts”
By on August 20th, 2011

There have been a lot of issues and debate over the last month about Google’s real namepolicy for their social network, Google Plus. Accounts that had pseudo names and nicknames were taken down immediately from the network. Google’s strict name policystates that users are prohibited from using nicknames and should enter their real name while creating an account.

Despite the naming rules, there are several aficionados who are creating fake profiles of celebrities and public figures, which make it difficult to understand who the real one is. Recently we saw an increasing number of accounts using the name of Paris Hilton. To overcome this problem, Google had announced that they will start verifying accounts of its users on its social network, and probably delete the fake profiles.

Wen-Ai Yu, an employee at Google, announced  on her Google Plus profile along with a YouTube video stating that the social network has started the verification process by providing a verified namebadge to all celebrities and public figures.

When you visit a user’s profile and notice a check mark next to their name, it indicates that the user’s account is verified, and when you mouse over the check mark, it says verified name.

Google Plus Verified Account

However, the verification process is not applicable to everyone. Wen-Ai Yu states that Google is focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of circles. They are taking things slowly and are working on expanding this to include more people in the future.

You might be wondering how to verify your own name on Google+. For now, we’re focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of Circles…but keep in mind that this is just the beginning. We’re working on expanding this to include more people in the future, so hang tight!

Below is a video from  Wen-Ai Yu, explaining the new Verified Accounts feature.

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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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