Google+ names and photos now linked to Google Play reviews

Google has updated its “back end” over on the Google Play store, with the site now requiring users to leave comments under their real Google+ names. There’s no option to be anonymous any more, with Google’s vast collection of previous reviews now appearing to be posted by “A Google User” to help avoid any accidental outings of previous shameful behaviour.

It’s quite a big switch and a very clever way for Google to leverage the success of Android to help switch people on to using Google+.

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And there’s the warning you now see when trying to slag off a game or app through the Play Store web site…

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..and that’s me reviewing the Auto Trader app for test purposes. You might want to try signing into Google+ again to see what state you left it in, now it’s going to be a lot more visible to strangers.

Link via AC.

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  1. Timbo

     /  November 27, 2012

    That exactly what they did with their “Places” reviews.

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  2. Uziel

     /  November 28, 2012

    I actually kind of like this… I’m getting tired of reading constant internet trolling and abuse.

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    • Gary C

       /  November 28, 2012

      Yeah, it took me a while (15 years) to get used to using my actual name and face on the internet, now I don’t really care at all.

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    • johnny mcrealname

       /  November 28, 2012

      on the other hand if you leave an app a bad review and the developer is a bit of an arsehole they now have all the info they need to harass you over it. and people will now surely be reluctant to review all kinds of potentially embarassing apps – you probably wouldn’t want your name and photo appearing under GONORRHEA SYMPTOMS GUIDE 2012 or something. i’m sure this is less about combating trolls and more about trying to push Google+ on people tbh.

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      • mcRealName Johnny

         /  December 5, 2012

        Internet + rational human + anonymity = troll

        Perhaps it is time this changed to bring more of a rational discussion to the interwebs as opposed to the hateful drivel we see now…. just saying..

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