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Google+ Begins Roll Out on Verification Badges

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Google+ seems to move pretty fast don’t you think? First, they added the Google+ games feature (which I’ve been tinkering around with here and there) and now they’ve made another move. The beginning of the verification badge roll out has begun!

The program makes it so that celebrities, public figures and people who have been added to a large number of circles, can have their identities verified with a check mark and a small “verified name” badge.

Back during the middle of July, actor William Shatner’s Google+ account was suspended reportedly because Google+ had no way of knowing if he was the real deal or not. He quickly got his account back and now, Mr. William Shatner has his very own verified name badge.

Google+ team member Wen-Ai Yu posted a message about the new program. She said, “We’re starting to roll out verification badges on profiles so you can be sure the person you’re adding to a circle is who they claim to be. Check out the video below (or my profile) to see what these verification badges look like.”

Here’s the video.

Wen-Ai Yu also pointed out they are working on expanding this feature to more people.

Do you think this is one more step towards allowing brands to have a presence on Google+?

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