Google+ Verification Badges Roll Out

Here at OSM we’ve been following all the developments about Google+, the latest social networking site and one thing that we noted early on was that a verifications system was needed. Further to that we heard that Google would indeed launch a verifications system and validation process and today we have news that Google+ is now rolling out such a system.

We did wonder why Google+ hadn’t initiated this from its launch but better late than never and Edward Moyer over on Cnet tells more. Now Google+ users will have no need to doubt another user’s authenticity as the system will introduce verification badges. If a person has been verified by Google+ the name on their profile will show a greyed tick and if a user hovers on the checkmark, ‘verified name’ will show. A blog post by Wen-Ai Yu of Google+ says that the team is “focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, and people who have been added to a large number of Circles, but we’re working on expanding this to more folks.”

Google+ already required real-world names and this latest move is explained in a YouTube video from Wen-Ai Yu who tells us about the verification badges for profiles and also shows an example of exactly what to look for. You can see that video below this story. What is not made clear at the moment is what measures are taken, and how, by the Google+ team in order to hand out a verification but this is certainly a move than will be welcomed by many.

We agree with Wen-Ai Yu that this move will make more people comfortable adding people to their circles and we’d like to hear your thoughts on Google+ verification badges. Do you agree that it’s a good move on Google’s part? Let us know by sending your comments.