Big name celebrities have long had their own official pages on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Now the likes of Lady Gaga could be invited to Google+ to have their own verified pages on the site.
According to an article over at CNN Google are drawing up a “celebrity acquisition plan”, which will attract celebrities and create publicity for the new site. They are currently working on a system that would confirm the identities of famous people who sign up to the service.
The system would prevent people from setting up accounts and impersonating celebrities and coning the general public. This would be similar to Twitters verified stamp where celebrities such as Lady Gaga have gained a huge following.
When Google were contacted regarding the news a spokeswoman refused to comment, but said they are not “sharing any details on future plans around Google+”. The company did say they were planning to add many new features and functionality to the site.
Google has recently asked for people to join its business profiles test program, this will allow companies to create special Google+ accounts. It is thought Google are looking at different methods to verify celebrities, with one getting the celebrity to fax a copy of their driving license to the company.
But a more likely method would be Google arranging a list of talent agencies and consultants who could deal with the requests directly. Back in 2008 Google began a trial program in the US which allowed people to verify their identities with their Google Profiles. The program would check a users name and phone number with phone records.
When they received a call it would ask them to enter a PIN code, or use a credit card number to be checked against a database. For doing this people would have a green verified name badge on their profiles. Twitter which has over 300 million people using its site has allowed users to apply to have a verified tag on their profiles. This program has since been closed to the general public.
Facebook doesn’t have a system for promoting legitimate pages, but it does have a form for authenticating a page to receive customer service from the company. If the company gets complaints or reports of a page being fake, Facebook representatives look into the problem.
Google+ has been a big success so far with most feedback being positive, but the company has got to be careful not to have too many similar features of its rivals. It has a nice uncluttered feel to it and you don’t get bogged down with loads of silly apps offering you things.
Would you like to see celebrities on Google+?