Google+ Social Identity?

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Business Insider has an article highlighting recent comments made by Eric Schmidt regarding Google+'s real name policy. Andy Carvin of NPR had a chance to ask Eric Schdmidt how Google justifies the policy given that real identities could put people at risk. Eric's response was a rather frank admission that Google sees G+ not as a social service but as an identity service.

I can't help but wonder if this was the original intention of G+ or a strategic shift that happened after the announcement of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) in April, 2011.

Eric also said that G+ use is completely optional. Users are not required to join the service and users who dislike the policy can easily walk away**.

Will Eric Schmidt's comments impact your use of G+? Do you believe anonymous/pseudonymous access should be allowed?



**Google has made it very easy to close out your Plus account. Access https://plus.google.com/u/0/settings/general and look under the "Services" section. Follow the "Delete profile and remove associated social features."

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pretty interesting. I've heard the main reason they want this is because they want google pages to come up before facebook ones in search rankings when you search for a name

no idea if it's so specific a reason though