When you read a review about an app, song or movie before deciding to download it, you need not worry as much about rave reviews now that Google has made writing and viewing reviews transparent. Every review will show your Google+ name and profile picture that you add to the store. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
This may not necessarily be the best thing as it cannot be switched off by the user but the fact that everybody’s user name and picture will flash against the review gives me a heightened albeit temporary amount of trust on the review till I use it and form my own opinion to the best of my knowledge. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
Google is going all guns blazing with their Plus initiative similar to what YouTube did recently. The new transparency is for both, mobile as well as web reviews. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
There is a screen message that says ‘Reviews are powered by Google+’ which shows the extent of Google’s social approach towards its products. This is no experimental phase nor is it a competitor to Facebook but a long-term step by the company to weave Google products together for a more holistic approach. You don’t have to do anything, it just comes into effect. Facebook’s App Center is also fueled with real profiles so this might become a trend.
Apple’s App Store is based on usernames so posting nasty comments is like a competitive sport. This could make for a means of interaction between developers and users a bit more than the existing system where reviews are barely given any attention like most developers on Apple’s version do so often.
Apple’s social media experiment failed miserably but Google+ could give Google Play a welcome boost and if you are a Google user than your profile already exists!
This does not mean the end of online anonymity but people who hide behind pseudo names and profiles tend to be the nastiest. This doesn’t mean that people who choose to be anonymous are always the worst.
Google has taken a bold step to make the world a transparent place and I welcome this. Now, let’s see how this affects the reviews and accountability on the web.