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Google Applies for Google+ Ghost Profiling Patent

by Sean P. Aune | April 4, 2012April 4, 2012 9:00 am PST

Google ghost profile patent

A new patent applied for by Google seems to indicate that the company wants to make joining Google+ a little less daunting and scary for new users.

Patent Bolt uncovered a new patent Google has applied for in relation to its Google+ social network.  The new system is set up to what is to be known as a “Ghost Profile.”  The idea is that someone sends you an invitation to join Google+, but you are hesitant about letting the world see all of your information.  You can request a Ghost Profile to be set up and that will allow you to enjoy the benefits of being on Google+ and interacting with your friend, but only your friend.  The new type of profile will be invisible to any other users and it also won’t be searchable.  After some time using the profile you will be prompted to convert to a standard profile, but it will be up to you if you do so.

Google Ghost Profile process

The profile will be assigned a unique identifier, or you can choose to use your email address so that your friend can identify you more easily, but it will still remain unsearchable and invisible to other users.

One of the biggest complaints people have in joining social networks is they don’t want others seeing all of their information or having to interact with people they don’t care to.  This is certainly an intriguing solution and one we’ll be interested to see Google possibly roll out some day in the future.

[via Patent Bolt, thanks to Jack for the tip]


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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