Google Play reviews integrate your Google+ profile
As of now, all reviews that had been posted before this update will be marked as written by "A Google User", while any new reviews will show your Google+ profile name (theoretically your real name), and your profile picture.
We're fully on board with this idea, because while anonymity has its uses on the Internet, it is our belief that reviews and comment threads should be tied to real names. People should learn to defend what they say, take responsibility for it, and accept consequences for words, not hide behind pseudonyms that foster trolls.
source: Droid Life
1. SillyTa posted on 27 Nov 2012, 02:44 0 0
Too bad. I don't have a G+ profile. Tried to create one a few times, but my name is not good enough. Lost interest in joining the G+ after so many rejections. I don't care to be marked as written by "A Google User" for my reviews, so no more commenting on Google Play.
5. SillyTa posted on 27 Nov 2012, 09:23 0 0
Silly me. I can't comment on apps at all now. Got rejected by G+ again. They must hate me. Looks like my commenting days on Goo Play are over. Hopefully app developers won't mind.
2. antoninslejska posted on 27 Nov 2012, 03:56 0 0
I tried to edit one of my reviews. After the edit it is still published by "A Google User". (I have a Google+ profile and the Google Play informed me, that my reviews will be marked by my name and photo from G+.)
It looks like it should be polished a little bit :-)
3. rdeleonp posted on 27 Nov 2012, 07:02 0 0
Existing reviews will remain as is, even if edited.
New ones will be associated to your G+ profile.
You can delete the current review and create a new one.
4. dmakun posted on 27 Nov 2012, 08:36 0 0
I agree with the writer. I prefer this integration with G+ because I always prefer to know the dumb**s who leaves silly ratings and comments about apps they don't know how to use or even read the description. Hopefully app devs will stop suffering bad ratings from some random user's idiocy.
6. xtremesv posted on 27 Nov 2012, 10:51 0 0
No more comments from me then. I don't like being pushed to use a social network just for Google to promote its facebook wannabe. As right now, isn't the Play Store tied to your Google account anyway? Well, that should suffice Google.
7. MichaelHeller posted on 27 Nov 2012, 17:04 0 0
You aren't being pushed to use Google+ at all. All you need is to have a profile set up, and that's it. It's just a new version of your existing Google profile, using the social network is completely optional.
8. Stuntman posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:33 1 0
Well, what if I do use the Google+ for other purposes, but do not want my comments linked to it? Do I stop using Google+ now?
I am disappointed in this move by Google. For that reason, I am not going to comment or rate any apps on the Google Play Store.
10. MichaelHeller posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:43 0 0
Why does it matter if your reviews are linked to your Google+?
12. Stuntman posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:20 1 0
There is no need to link my reviews to my G+ account. It never did before. I would like the option to do so. People who want that link can have it. I do not and I have no choice. I feel it is an invasion of my privacy.
9. Stuntman posted on 27 Nov 2012, 18:35 0 0
"We're fully on board with this idea, because while anonymity has its uses on the Internet, it is our belief that reviews and comment threads should be tied to real names. People should learn to defend what they say, take responsibility for it, and accept consequences for words, not hide behind pseudonyms that foster trolls."
So when is Phonearena going to require my real name to comment on articles here?
13. Stuntman posted on 28 Nov 2012, 01:21 0 0
If this happens, you will likely lose me as a commenter.
14. dmakun posted on 28 Nov 2012, 06:52 0 0
@Stuntman, why do you adore anonymity so much? What are you afraid of? Why do you like so much to hide behind this false sense of anonymity? I imagine you are one of those people who have never been on the wrong end of experiences with pseudo characters on the internet. The sooner people realize you can't just go on the internet & be a nuisance the better for everyone else.
15. Stuntman posted on 28 Nov 2012, 15:20 1 0
There are ways to prevent people from being a nuisance without the need to remove anonymity. There are ways to have a good discussion online about topics without revealing everyone's identity. I have found that to be the case in many places online.