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Google is done playing around. They offer an amazing suite of services such as Google Docs, Calendar, Gmail and Contacts. Now, they are using the power of these features to create more Google Plus members. Any user who signs up for a Google account will automatically be signed up for Google Plus. This is a bold move by Google, but it is one that promises to get more people to at least try out their social network.

When a user creates a Google account, they will be prompted to upload an avatar picture for their new Google Plus account. There is no way to skip this. You can choose not to upload a picture, but the following page will still welcome you to Google Plus. The fact is, Google Plus is a solid social network that is fully implemented with Google Search Google+ Results Will Now Appear In Google Web Searches [News] Google+ Results Will Now Appear In Google Web Searches [News] Google's social network, Google+, will now be incorporated right into Google web searches for Google+ members. Recently, Google shoved some Plus into Gmail, and now they are working it into search. It makes sense -... Read More . There is really no reason not to check it out, so while some users might be annoyed that Google is forcing them to sign up, I think it is a good thing.

With Google Plus, you get a highly streamlined social network. A move like this is a great way to get the people who are not actively seeking a new social network to try it out. It may not pull them away from Facebook, but it will at least let them know that it is out there for their enjoyment.

How do you feel about Google making this move? Do you think it’s a good thing? Or do you think they shouldn’t use their online position and influence to force their social network on people? Let us know in the comments!

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Source: TheNextWeb

  1. Rob
    January 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    what if I don't want my personal info made public? why can't Google respect my privacy?

  2. Dave LeClair
    January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I think that's a little excessive, just don't use the Google+ profile if you don't like it. Do you use all of the Google Apps features? I use some like Docs and Calendar, but I don't use contacts. I am not, however, offended that Google makes me have a contacts account as part of my apps package.

  3. bobconstans
    January 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    'force their social network on people' pretty much says it all

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Yea, they def are forcing it down users throats, but in the end, you still don't have to actually use it. Can't hurt to try it though.

  4. Guest
    January 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    "The fact is, Google Plus is a solid social network that is fully implemented with Google Search. There is really no reason not to check it out,":

    What a stupid thing to say. If you can't think of even one reason why someone wouldn't be interested in Google Plus, you shouldn't be writing about this topic.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      And... where are your reasons not to at least try it?

    • Guest
      January 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Because I value my time.

  5. Shrikant Guttipeth
    January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Think before ink

  6. Austin Beatty
    January 24, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Doesn't bug me. Literally none of my friends use G+ though, do they still have the 18+ rule? If so, most of my friends are under 18, so that's the main problem, but everyone still uses Facebook and they see no reason in switching, and while I do have a Google+, I can't see myself using it until a good chunk of my friends also start using it. Maybe this will actually help in that aspect. But when you sign up for a google account, that's signing up an account for use on all Google services, so I have no problem with this, no big deal really.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      Yes, they still have the 18+ rule.

  7. Chris Hoffman
    January 24, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Problematic. Google allows you to sign up for multiple Gmail addresses, but I believe they ban people who create multiple Google+ accounts. (unless this has changed?)

  8. Anonymous
    January 24, 2012 at 2:51 am

    It is just a way to compete with Facebook. Don't be surprised one day that if you have a Gmail account, Google may lock you out until you fork over a "+" profile. And they would also love it if you provided your cellphone # also. Their big bucks come from clicks, and they see in the future there is even more bucks in clicking you directly.

  9. murdude
    January 24, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Hate it! Hate it! Hate it!

  10. Marta Daniels
    January 24, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I don't agree with this. As a writer, I fully plan to explore and investigate Google Plus, but for the present I have my hands full with Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone isn't interested in being an automatic part of social media.  My husband steadfastly avoids social media, and doesn't appreciate being forced to have a social media profile.

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      While they force to have a Google+ account, they don't force you to use it. Think of it like when you sign up for Google Apps, that includes Google Calendar, but you don't have to use it.

  11. Wvpspdude
    January 23, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    This move makes them seem desperate to get Google+ even more noticed. 

    • Dave LeClair
      January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      It does appear a little desperate. I guess they feel they have the user base, they might as well throw their weight around and try to generate more interest.

  12. Achraf52
    January 23, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Great how they plan on their 18 years rule .

  13. Scutterman
    January 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I could see this coming, but I don't think it will accomplish much. Even if they are signed up, many will have no reason to use it.

  14. Anonymous
    January 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    A good thing?  You cannot be serious.

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