Google+ Social Identity?

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 and look under the "Services" section. Follow the "Delete profile and remove associated social features."


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