Google+ Has In Working "Celebrity Acquisition Plan and Twitter-esque Verification System"

Just three weeks and Google+ has surpassed 10 million users. Now, the search gaint want its new social network to be well-known in Hollywood circles. To that end, Google is writing up a "celebrity acquisition plan" to help publicize Google+, according to Google e-mails reviewed by CNN.Part of this "acquisition plan", Google is beginning to […]

Just three weeks and Google+ has surpassed 10 million users. Now, the search gaint want its new social network to be well-known in Hollywood circles. To that end, Google is writing up a "celebrity acquisition plan" to help publicize Google+, according to Google e-mails reviewed by CNN.

Part of this "acquisition plan", Google is beginning to devise a system that would verify the identities of public figures who sign up for the service, said Brett Schulte, a Hollywood consultant and organizer of social-media gatherings called Tweet House.

The validation process would prevent people from impersonating celebrities and perhaps feature a button on legitimate profiles similar to Twitter's "verified" stamp, said Schulte, who said he discussed the project with Google employees.

Google put out a call recently for applicants to join its "business profiles" test program, which will allow companies to create special Google+ accounts.

For profile verification, Google is still weighing how the method would work. One option the team considered would involve asking a celebrity to fax a copy of his or her driver's licenses to the company, Schulte said.

More likely, Google will arrange a list of the top talent agents and consultants who would be able to file requests directly, Schulte said. "They seemed to be very interested in having celebrities," he said.

If this is the case, Google seems to be taking a much more streamlined and personal direction with Google+, like Twitter, than Facebook has. Currently, artists can sign up for Like Pages on Facebook but keep their accounts separate and private as an entirely different entity.

A Google spokeswoman declined to comment. "We aren't yet sharing any details on future plans around Google+," she wrote in an e-mail. "We plan to add a lot of features and functionality to Google+ over time."

Via: CNN]