Google Play reviews integrate your Google+ profile

Google Play reviews integrate your Google+ profile
As Google has said all along, Google+ isn't really a social network, it's a social layer on all Google products, and the future of Google as a whole. This new update to the Google Play Store proves that by integrating your Google+ profile for reviews.

The new update has only rolled out to the Google Play website so far, but it is sure to be in an update to the Android app in the near future. The Play Store has had issues in the past with bogus reviews, and reviews that were nothing but gibberish, and this change is obviously an attempt to combat that.

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

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15 Comments

1. SillyTa

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

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

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

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

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

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

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why does it matter if your reviews are linked to your Google+?

12. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

"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?

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've been asking the same thing.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

If this happens, you will likely lose me as a commenter.

14. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

@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

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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.

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