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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 Better Comment Tracking tools Better Comment Tracking tools Read More ) 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.

Source: CNET

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  1. Wamiq Ali
    August 28, 2011 at 4:33 am

    nice feature!

  2. J.J. Jingleheimer-Schmidt
    August 27, 2011 at 3:16 am

    What about "my name"? ;-)

    At least one other person has it too.

  3. Aibek
    August 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

    thank you!

  4. Aibek
    August 24, 2011 at 7:31 am

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

    • Daniel
      August 24, 2011 at 7:47 am

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

      • Aibek
        August 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

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

  5. George Timothy
    August 24, 2011 at 3:50 am

    but what if my name is George Timothy Clooney too?

    • M.S. Smith
      August 24, 2011 at 4:06 am

      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
      August 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

      let us know how it goes :)

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