Google+ rolls out 'verification badges' to users

Posted Aug 22, 2011 by Samuel Okocha
Google has announced it is rolling out verification badges that would allow users of its Google + to determine the authenticity of profiles on its social networking site. It is focusing on celebrities for now and plans to expand later.
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With the badges, "you can be sure the person you’re adding to a circle is who they claim to be," Wen -Ai Yu of the Google+ team wrote on their website.
"For now, we’re 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,'' she added.
Google's move on its social networking site with over 25 million users appears to have started getting the nod of users who are also looking forward to own their own verification badges.
"Thanks for the verification," a Google+ user, Robert Krauss said in a post in response to the announcement. "This is what Facebook is missing. No wonder they have so many users, when there are thousands of fake celebrity profiles.''
''I'm looking forward, for everyone to verify. I always like to know that the person I talk to, is really that person,'' Krauss added.