Google+ Begins Verification Of Celebrity Accounts [News]

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googleverification1   Google+ Begins Verification Of Celebrity Accounts [News]Concerned that the George Clooney who added you to his circles isn’t the real deal? Now you can rest easy, courtesy of Google. The company has introduced a new verification badge program that will give celebrities a way of proving that their profile is the real deal.

Profile verification is indicated via a simple checkmark that is placed beside a user’s name on their profile. This mark doesn’t appear elsewhere (such as comments) however, so you’ll have to check out the suspected imposter’s profile to see if they’re the real deal.

Although the program has been made public, the means through which Google is verifying accounts is still a mystery, as there is currently no way for users to submit themselves for verification. According to the official announcement, this is “just the beginning.” My guess is that Google wants to handle big-name celebrities before opening up the waters for smaller fish.

As one might expect, this verification system will also mean an end to imposter accounts. Google+ policy requires that every user sign up under his or her true identity, which means there can only be one George Timothy Clooney. Anyone else claiming to be him will have their account terminated. So, if you’ve been getting your kicks by impersonating someone famous, don’t be surprised if Google shows up at your door with an axe – or at least sends you a nasty email.

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Source: CNET

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George Timothy

but what if my name is George Timothy Clooney too?

M.S. Smith

Heh, good question. Google hasn’t said. Though I’d wager you would be fine as long as you happen to also be a George Clooney look-a-like.

Aibek

let us know how it goes :)

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Aibek

thanks for the link. I wonder if it shows all verified profiles that are out there

Daniel

No, these are just the verified profiles in our index. 
In the moment there are around 3.5m profiles.

Aibek

i see… I will make sure to send you a link once our profile goes live ;)

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Aibek

thank you!

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J.J. Jingleheimer-Schmidt

What about “my name”? ;-)

At least one other person has it too.

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Wamiq Ali

nice feature!

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