Google's new Google+ social networking service is set to force all its users to make their accounts public and searchable.
In a statement released online earlier this week, the search giant argued that the purpose of its new Google+ was to help people interact with each other online.
The statement read:
"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 make it a requirement that all profiles are public."
Google went on to promise that Google+ users would still be able to edit and select what information would be displayed on their profiles. The company clarified that the only required information would be the account holder's name and gender.
"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."
Taking a hard line to the topic, Google went on to promise,"All private profiles will be deleted after 31 July 2011."
Google+ is the new social networking service by Google. It launched last week to a select few and has since semi-opened to the public as an invite only service.
Since it launched the service's chief rival Facebook has promised to unveil a new feature later this week. The service also suffered its first spam campaign earlier this week.
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