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Google Play tying reviews to user’s Google+ profile
/ November 27, 2012 7:30 am

Google has a strong preference for people using the same names online as they do in the physical world, even making it part of the policy for having a Google+ account. The company is now taking that a step further by displaying the user’s Google+ profile name and photo next to each review posted on Google Play.

People who submit reviews to YouTube are invited to log in using their Google+ profile, but it’s not a requirement. Google Play does not make this optional.

The move makes perfect sense for Google, since it helps collect better and more comprehensive data on its users. Consumers’ opinions are mixed. Many think tying reviews to a specific Google+ profile will increase their quality and trustworthyness, while many others contend it is a little creepy and will discourage them from participating.

Related links:

Slashgear – Google Play reviews now use Google+ name and photo

PC World – Google forcing reviewers to use real names

TechCrunch – Google Play Gets Real: Reviews Will Now Be Posted With Your Google+ Name And Picture

Android Community – Google Play user reviews now show Google+ names and photos


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