Over the weekend, Google announced it was rolling out verified accounts for Google+.
A part of me is jealous. Why can’t I be verified? I’m devilishly handsome, I write a popular blog, and I’m an ego maniac. I’m a perfect candidate.
Unfortunately, I’m still getting screwed over in favor of more famous and influential assholes.
Regardless of my pathetic need to validated and verify myself to Google, I wonder if users actually care about these verified accounts. I don’t give enough of a shit about the livelihood of celebrity PR agents to follow a celebrity’s accounts on any social network.
What about the unfortunate people who share their name with a celebrity? When I was in grade school there was a kid named Neil Armstrong in my first grade class. Is he going to get kicked off of Google+ because his parents thought it would be cute bestow that name upon him?
And why do celebrities get to be on Google+ in such a public fashion anyways? Anyone can use a social network as a marketing tool, but celebrities have a much more vested interest in using Google+ to push commercial updates. Businesses get the shaft, but Dolly Parton can hawk her latest CD.
Verified accounts open a whole can of worms for both users and businesses that Google needs to address. Unfortunately, they’re too busy trying to beat Facebook in a war for online identity to take a step back and examine their social network objectively.
Do we get on Google+, or any social network, to experience the weakest of connections with a celebrity? Or are we there to connect with one another in a fashion that is more authentic than what we get on other social networks?
You all answer those questions in the comments. In the meantime, I’m going to put a check mark everywhere I see my name so I can feel verified.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with verified accounts but at the same time, it is nice to know if someone is the real Neil Armstrong and not the fake one. On the other hand, I could care less if they’re a verified accounts. I’d honestly rather connect with people that aren’t verified. Call me a rebel.