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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 Google Adds "Me On The Web" To The Dashboard [News] Google Adds "Me On The Web" To The Dashboard [News] On Wednesday Google added a new feature to its Dashboard line-up for Google Account users. The "Me On The Web" feature pulls information from your Google Profile (if you have one set up), and places... Read More 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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  1. Guestt
    August 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

    id definitely prefer private!

  2. Jake Pudinheimer
    July 29, 2011 at 12:11 am

    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...

  3. guest
    July 19, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    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.

  4. me to
    July 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    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.

  5. Ruben Martinez
    July 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

    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.

  6. Jonathan Drury
    July 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Is this just Google plus or Google everything profile?

    Jonathan Drury is my name. Yes I have one. And..?

    • Tim Brookes
      July 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

      As the two are linked, I believe it's your Google Profile. This information is then used on Google Plus if you happen to sign up for it.

      Considering one of the reasons Google Profile exists (to track your presence on the web) it doesn't really work without a real name anyway!

  7. Thammas -
    July 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    1) with your public full name --> full.name+@+gmail.com = SPAM.
    2) Once again, Google doesn't seem understand the social networks.I would love to see a picasa like sytem: Public | Private | Limited, anyone with the link.

  8. Zer00ne Null
    July 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    All you have to do is lie >;) BTW, my parents didn't really name me, Zer00ne Null ;D

  9. TMcH
    July 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    With that step Google just made my decision NOT to create a profile or use Google Plus. Their argument that it enables us to manage our online identity is just rhetoric – how does providing my name and gender do anything other than provide Google with verified information for purposes of targeting. I am sticking with FB.

    • Susan Tournour
      July 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Facebook does the same thing.  That's what all those ads you see are, regardless of how private or public your profile is. Only way to avoid that is to pretty much not use the internet since even your usage gets tracked for targeted advertising.  

  10. the mainliner
    July 8, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Google, privacy...Google? Facebook, privacy...facebook? LMFAO

    • Guest
      July 27, 2011 at 4:51 am

      LMFAO +1 (pun intended)! Btw, I entered "Google Anonymous" (but not *that* Anonymous) in the Internet Anagram Server and got "Agony Monologues" as my first result.

      Remember also that their motto is "Don't be evil." Not surprisingly, terms and conditions do apply. (Except with Facebook, "don't be evil" was never part of the original mission statement, muahahahahaha...)

      @Dealzon:disqus They've never made it a non-option to de-link your Google Account from YouTube or any of their other once-reputable services that the monolith keeps gobbling (Goobling?) up like Pac-Man after a crash diet.

      Repeat after me: "It's a feature, not a..." Oh, wait, I mean, "It's all about the Benjamins!"

  11. Chankey Pathak
    July 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    It's a good step. Appreciate!

  12. Dealzon
    July 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Given the slight backlash thus far of making this option mandatory.. I would imagine they'll do an about face if there's enough feedback from the users.

    Randal Munroe's (XKCD) recent 'blog' post on G+ sums it up nicely. 

    https://plus.google.com/111588569124648292310/posts/SeBqgN9Zoiu

  13. Gerrit Theule
    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    If it's to make room on the system so that I can finally get an invite, I'm all for it!

    While we're on the topic though, if anyone has an extra floating around, I'd love one: gtheule a t gmail d.o.t.co m

  14. Dan
    July 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I'll just let Google disable my profile. I choose privacy over another gimmicky social network. And my FB profile is locked down, private, and devoid of any personal info.

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