Google+ Ends Private Profiles

Google+ Ends Private Profiles

Many users of social networking sites (primarily Facebook) have opted to take the privacy thing to the extreme and basically hide from everyone they don’t want to be friends with. No search will discover their name, and even those able to somehow find their profile through more direct methods are barred from seeing a stitch of information about them--no profile photo, no favorite movies, no Farmville activity, nothing.

Still others prefer to use a pseudonym on social networking sites, which offers further anonymity, and which Google+ does not allow.

Some users of Google+ have endeavored to take that same hyper-private approach with the nearly-new social network by having a private profile. However, Google has decided that it is having none of it.


Google+ Help article on profiles

Call it a line-in-the-sand statement, a simple but important tweak to a blossoming social network, or something in between, but Google made it clear in a help article that private profiles are being axed. Or perhaps more accurately, they’re being phased out--according to the article, Google planned to start deleting private profiles “sometime after” July 31st. Why so vague, Google?

Users with private profiles have three options: they can change their profile setting from private, delete their account, or simply wait for Google to delete it for them. (Technically, however, that’s only two options, as only one of those courses of action spares the user a deleted G+ account.)

Although some users will be deeply dismayed by this development, all that users have to display is their full name; thanks to G+’s granular and delightfully comprehensive profile controls, everything else can remain private.

Of course, for some users, that’s still too much exposure.

Further, for many, this edict and other measures feel uncomfortably familiar to the heavy-handedness and indifference to user complaints (perceived or real) that Facebook is infamous for.

For those looking to G+ as a refreshing alternative to Facebook, this development may give them pause, or at least a decent excuse for a loud sigh.
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"Still not interested in G+, got some invites, rejected it. Like I said before, Facebook is the best Social network ever and I'm not wasting my time to make a profile anywhere else."

-Optimus

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You'll never know until you try. Besides, "best network ever"? You should probably read up some more on Mark Zuckerberg and his intentions, and then reevaluate how you feel about Facebook.

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I've stopped using the site. I find people only post stuff on their feed about Google+, that gets pretty dull very fast. It was swell but the swelling has gone down. lol

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The content anyone receives on Google+ will only be as robust as their network. If you're only seeing boring news, then try following some different pages (musicians, comedians, people like Bill Gross and Robert Scoble) and the content will get mixed up. Expand your network with friend invites, as well; the more people you bring in, the more interesting and relevant things that will appear on your feed.

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Delete...

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Not really any different than Facebook. There you have to use your real name and anyone in the world can see it.

You want to be anonymous? Don't post on the internet, or come up with a really good fake name.

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@THively On facebook you can set your profile up so you aren't searchable.

I think it's ridiculous that Google+ isn't allowing private profiles. I understand in their logic that G+ is for connecting... but it isn't right that you have to have your profile public. That in itself is going to deter a lot of users and even lose some. For me I don't mind certain info (like my name and web address) being available because it's how I get people to know about my business, but I know a lot of people who are more private and only use the internet to connect with family and friends who live far away. For them, social networking isn't about finding new friends or connecting with strangers. Since this new change I have already had a few people in my circles delete their accts

I'm waiting to see what other changes they spring on us with this site..

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Google+ feels meh. I have had no urge or need to try it out; and even if I mix it up, I don't think it'll hold up over time. Hence why I haven't bothered to seek out an invitation.

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They are pushing it way too much. Wonder how they are going to get big with their plans...

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Sign Ze Peppers!!

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Facebook is OK && sure it may have it faults but for me so what !

Had a friend that posted a disclaimer of sorts in case anyone was offended by his 'whatever-comments&posts 'So posted something similar myself 'cuz mine looks like a giant billboard for all the pc manufactures,forums etc as well as family stuff ..I say so what! .. it's just me

What's really great about FB is that some tech forum pals and gals hang out 'sweeping-away' and it can be a bit 'o fun. & don't think Google+ is going to be able to match anything like that in the near future.

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rrplay:
& don't think Google+ is going to be able to match anything like that in the near future

^^^Certainly not by using restrictive tactics with their user base.^^^

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Good for Google! I never saw the point of doing the whole private profile thing. As long as you're careful about the information you put online, you shouldn't have to make your profile private.

Kinda takes the fun out of social networking when every profile is freakin' private. Also impedes the process for those who might be searching for lost family or friends. My profile is and will always be public.

If you're so interested in "privacy" then what are you doing on facebook in the first place?

I think we've gone way too far with the whole privacy/paranoia thing. Next thing you know, we'll all be donning our ski masks before we go outside cause we don't want anyone to see what we look like. Just STOP already. Google has every right to set their own guidelines and I agree with them. If you want so much privacy, then GET OFF THE INTERNET!!

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Wasn't the whole point of social networks like facebook to be able to find and communicate with people u have lost contact with?
What's the point of having an account when no one can find you lol
Personally i think google did a good job getting rid it :)

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