Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) new social networking tool, Google+, may be taking a cue from Twitter and creating verified accounts. Twitter introduced the idea of verified accounts for celebrities, allowing them to communicate directly with fans while confirming their identities among a slew of online imposters.
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Google+ has already gained 18 million members in its field trials, and is continually adjusting and building new features inspired by user feedback, but it’s got a long way to meet Facebook’s half a billion users. Verifying celebrity accounts would be one step in legitimizing the site and gaining new users drawn in by their favorite movie stars or reality show guidettes. Google is already working with businesses to create corporate profiles on the site.