It seems that Google will outlaw private Google profiles once the calendar goes beyond July 31st, according to Search Engine Land. The Internet search giant currently leave the door open for users to create and maintain profiles on its service without having to disclose their public existence. The reason behind this alleged move? For the faster growth of their brand new Google+ social network. Basically, you will need to have at least your full name as well as gender displayed to the public in order to join Google+.
Read about what Google has to say about their public profiles page after the jump.
The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.
If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.
Nice to know some controls are still made available to users once we roll into August, never mind what kind of public status your profile has. Of course, sharing your personal information is always a choice, and if you prefer to remain private, there is no need to hop on the social network game even though everyone else and their dog have already done so, right?RELATED