Google To Disable All Private Google Plus Profiles After July 31st [News]

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Google has announced that all Google Profiles withholding names or gender are to be disabled at the end of the month. Google Profiles are tied in to Google Plus, designed to help manage an individual’s identity on the web and recently became even easier to manage than ever before.

The company has spelled this out via the Google Plus help topics surrounding public profiles. The entry states:

The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.

Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.

If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.

This change makes a huge difference from the private profile options seen on Facebook, which allows users to abscond from search results, messages, friend requests and more. Google’s approach only requires the name and gender fields to be public, but forces everyone into the same boat.

If you’d like to change any aspects of your profile you can log into Google Plus and click Edit Profile. You’ll find your name easily editable from any screen, and your gender information under the About tab.

What do you think about Google’s stance? Would you prefer a private profile? Have you switched from Facebook yet? Is it all hot air? Comments ahoy, below.

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Comments (18)
  • Guestt

    id definitely prefer private!

  • Jake Pudinheimer

    Google should stick with a choice over public and private profiles, now I’m gonna have to censor my profile from the public, isn’t that nice? Until now, I’ve liked just about everything Google. Oh well, moving on…

  • guest

    Google became one of the richest companies in the world by keeping things SIMPLE.  That seat is now vacant, if another company wants to give it a go.  I would take Google from 2 yrs ago over this garbage in a heartbeat.

  • me to

    Strange how little Google have informed about this move. If I go to my profile page and choose to delete it not just the profile but entire account including email address will be deleted. So I wonder will my Google email addresses be deleted on 31 July without no further notice by “The Party”. Do I still exist then or …

    I’m not at all interested in having my name public on the web to have an email account. Anyone that wanted could always have an secret phonenumbe not listed in public phonebooks. There can be many perfectly sound reasons for this. Shouldn’t people that are victim of various kinds of stalkers be able to have an private Google email account.

    Not long ago an Google boss was talking about that people should be more careful what they say and do on the net then it’s recorded for ever, it’s not like rant rubbish at the local bar on a Friday talk that will vanish in to the dustbin of forgotten memories on Monday.

    Of course people can lie, not much Google can do about that, not just yet have we been assigned an global “social security” number by the Google illuminates.

  • Ruben Martinez

    Google+ is a social network. As in, a network to connect with others. If others don’t know my name, how exactly am I connecting? Good move Google. It’s not like EVERYONE hasn’t entered their name into the internet at one time or another.

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