One of the great things to come from the world of apps is user reviews. Sure, users have been able to review products forever, but with apps, it has become one of the main methods by which the merits of an app are judged. And now, user reviews on Google Play are getting a little more personal with a new update from Google. With this update, users’ reviews are now linked to their Google Plus account.
So what does linking Google Play and Google+ actually do? Basically, when a user leaves a review for an app, his or her real name will be displayed along with their profile picture. This might sound like an insignificant thing, but it could actually change the mindset of the person leaving the review a great deal.
No longer are reviewers hidden behind random usernames. Instead, their real name (or at least the name they used to sign up for Google Plus) and picture is displayed along with any review they leave. Now it’s not WebsterRJH (my username), but Dave LeClair leaving the review. Just like anything I put out on MakeUseOf, it’s linked back to me. I am not some faceless reviewer bashing an app; I am me. Although, old reviews will simply appear as written by “A Google User”.
Hopefully, this change should make reviews on Google Play more credible for readers. In theory, it should create a marketplace filled with more honest reviewers leaving their real thoughts on an app, instead of just trolls leaving bad reviews because they think it’s funny.
Only time will tell how this update changes Google Play, but it could be a big deal. Going forward, could we see other app stores implement something similar? What do you think? Do you not like having your real name attached to reviews? Let us know in the comments!