Just few days back, we talked about How to remove Google+ profile from public search. But it seems that Google doesn’t like this idea of keeping your profile private and hidden from its search engine. Google has issues a public ultimatum that all private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.
Here is a quoteÂ (two Para)from the help page of Google+ about Public profile.
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 donâ€™t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
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.
This simply mean that if you want to keep using Google+, you need to make your profile public. This can be a major privacy concern for many users who hate Facebook for the reasons attributed to privacy. Even Facebook allow you to keep your profile private even though you need to do a whole lot of work in Facebook privacy setting to achieve it.
Even though some pages on Google+ help do talk about ” Choose whether your profile is indexed by search engines”Â and hence I am not sure what the exact ramification of this or what Google means by Private profiles. As far as we can understand, public profile is same as a profile which can be indexed and searched by a Search engine.
We still believe that Google+ must have a option of making the profile non-indexable by search engines i.e. user must have the option to make the profile public or private.
Are you a Google+ user? Whats your take on this issue?