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Anonymous Reviews? keanoo 6/8/12 2:47 AM
Hello, I recently tried to write a review for a business, and noticed like many others that Google has changed the way this work.

I was asked to publish all of my previous reviews and this little window pops up.

With Google+ Local, all your reviews and associated photos are visible to everyone on the web, under the name *******. Your reviews and associated photos are displayed to: 
  • Anyone who views your profile on Google+
  • Anyone who searches for places, if they've added you to their Google+ circles
  • Anyone who views places you've reviewed
 I'm quite concerned about this, for obvious reasons I wouldn't like the sometimes negative reviews that I have rightfully left to be associated with my name and photo, I would much rather they stayed anonymous.

Is this not possible any more?

Thanks.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? treebles 6/8/12 4:41 AM
They should remain anonymous if you do not create a Google+ profile. The would be attributed to "a Google user".
However, I do not know what Google plans are for the future. Should they force a Google+ profile on everybody then the reviews would not linger be anonymouys but I would guess that they would let the user know beforehand.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? blujaded 6/15/12 12:47 PM
I'm seeing the same thing.  I don't want my full name associated with the reviews I submit.  I've gone along with google's privacy grab so far, but this is ridiculous.  I tried signing out, but it will only allow me to post a review if I'm signed in.  I guess I will have to cancel my google + profile.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? _C_ 6/18/12 10:28 AM
I agree.

I don't want my name on my reviews.
A couple months ago there was a way to change your reviewer name to what ever you like, now for those old reviews it shows my full name WTF+ google.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? JDea 6/25/12 5:18 PM
I am very discouraged about posting reviews now, and I feel as though it was a big mistake to publish my full name.  I wish i can put a nickname. fail.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? googlermostly 6/26/12 2:16 PM
+1 from me.  I like reviewing, but I don't want every Tom, Dick and Jane on the web to see me and my review.  I'd be better with a nickname and you could see all my nick name's comments with out having to worry about harassment from a disgruntled vendor.  A place I do business would treat me worse if I really express my feelings.  Same things with contractors, they know where you live and did a terrible job.  I'd leave a note to warn others, but don't want that contractor coming and robbing me or harming my pets.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? JDea 6/26/12 2:28 PM
They are having a fireside chat on Thursday about google+ platform, and I've mentioned the review privacy as a concern
Re: Anonymous Reviews? electric fury 7/3/12 6:06 AM
These are news items that maybe the reason the change, legal action - 

its not an answer, just might be the reason. also see 

Appeals Court Upholds $150K in Punitive Damages for 3 Fake Reviews


or search: google places review court case
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Mr.Goblin 7/5/12 2:20 AM
The obvious problem is that if you have a guy post multiple reviews anonymously you have now way of knowing it is the same person or a way of verifying it is a real person not a fabricated one.  However on the flip side someone who would like to make a review that would either warn people or encourage a change in the store will not come forward if he cannot protect himself from retribution.  A very tough position,  I suggest if it is a matter of public safety you should go to the authorities and report your issue.  If you feel this has not gone far enough a public warning is needed make another google+ account that has no personal information what so ever in display and use this as your protective shield.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? RTsc 7/13/12 9:20 AM
I agee! I do not want my original name and picture posted with every review on Google! If that had to be the case I'd review for New York Times instead!!!! Just would like to post reviews with a nickname!! Is it too much to askk GOOOGLE!!!!!!!!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? MikeY1234567 7/14/12 6:53 AM
I think that google should defiantly track who makes reviews, but to post the persons name and picture for the world to see is a bad idea.  I'm done making reviews until this is fixed.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? MB-CBS 7/15/12 5:20 PM
Mike and everybody else who wants to remain ANON. Why? If you stand by your review and you have taken the time and consideration to be FAIR and REASONABLE with you review then I don't understand why you want to remain protected as ANON. I have no issue with using a handle like here in this forum, but only if you can click on this to send a direct message to the poster and have access (in a way that also protects the user, process for access) to their full legal name so that issues of actual slander can be easily dealt with between the parties with a simple retraction or removal of a slanderous posts before the need to initiating proceedings. Speaking for Myself as a business owner I would want to make contact with a poster of a negative review and find out how I could redress (fix the issue), improve (try to learn and not repeat) and provide better service. Hopefully they would return as a customer and eventually post a positive review. I generally find if you engage with disgruntled customers and address their issues they will eventually become loyal to your business because you take them seriously and they know if a problem arises you are willing to sort it out.

Re: Anonymous Reviews? AnonymousCoward123 7/16/12 11:05 AM
@MB-CBS
There are plenty of good reasons for wanting to post anonymously.
For example:  There exist people that are hiding from abusive and dangerous individuals.  Why should they have to sacrifice their privacy with regard to where they visit to be able to participate in reviewing businesses online?
Another example:  To avoid discrimination.  What if the poster doesn't want to disclose the fact that they frequent various halal grocery stores for fear of being targeted or discriminated against by people with anti-Muslim sentiments?

Basically, privacy is still valuable to some people, and just because there exists a percentage of people that don't care about privacy doesn't mean everyone should not care about privacy.

Also, they irony of you posting under an anonymous name "MB-CBS" is not lost on me.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? nix3r 7/26/12 12:37 AM
I am in a similar situation. I think anonymous reviews are a must, in order for people to avoid discriminatory practices. For example, I give a negative review which they then read and from then on refuse my business.

If official hotel, restaurant etc. reviews are conducted anonymously, I don't see a case for google against anonymity.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? kellix 7/28/12 2:24 PM
I would like to write a positve review for my physician but I cannot, because GOOGLE wants me to use my real name. I do not want it under my real name because I don't want people to know my email address, or honestly that it was me that did it. I think its fine for google to know this info if they need to track someone down for a review, but I don't think they need to post your real name. Most sites let you do it under a assumed name EXCEPT Google. You have my email adddress, that all you need.
 
Make changes please.
 
Thanks
 
Eric Sockwell  
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? relx 8/3/12 7:00 AM
When I noticed this, I stopped leaving reviews as well and I'm sure I'm not alone.  I wonder how many reviews go unwritten now because of this.

I'm interested in knowing Google's reasoning for this.  I think the best solution would be providing a check box on the review form that writes "Associate with Google+".  If checked, it does exactly what it does now.  If unchecked, you can choose a new or predefined nick name that has zero affiliation with your Google+ account and profile picture.

Google will obviously always know who the review was associated with with is FINE, but businesses and the ENTIRE WORLD should NOT!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Darth Squirtle the Grey 8/3/12 10:40 PM
I'm no longer using Google's review system due to this issue. I will never review through google again until I am able to post without my picture or real name showing. I don't care if I have to use a Nickname (we already use nicknames in the forums, so come on google, get with it) or if I have to remain anonymous and there be an option to "hide all anonymous reviews" due to their credibility. Some places I review don't always get five stars and the owners don't need to see my face and legal name, especially if I'm giving them a really negative review.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? tzone 8/5/12 4:50 PM
Livenightout.com mobile app/mobile site allows you to anonymously post and read live reviews as well as engage in real-time chat conversations with other night lifers around you.
It can be used in nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, and social events.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? kiter matt 8/5/12 5:24 PM
I'm in full agreement with what other users have been saying here.  There is no reason why would shouldn't be able to post under a nickname.  I would like to review positive reviews anoymously as well as negative reviews.  I feel this is an area where Google should improve.  Businesses would get more reviews and google would generate a lot more traffic for Google Local if you could review anonymously.

Google please re think this decision.  I know you are trying to promote and integrate google plus into all products, but reviews are not an area where you should be forces to use your profile.  Please give people that choice.

Thanks
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Bennyboy11 8/9/12 6:14 PM
There is no question that reviews should be anonymous.  For some businesses this is a 100% no brainer.  Take a counsellor/therapist for example.  Or how about a family lawyer? or defence attorney?  Lol, Google.  This is not only foolish but counter productive.  
 
I'm an adult, so I'll leave an honest review, and not just respond solely based on my emotional state.  Do you think someone is going to leave a review for the therapist that helped them through depression if it's not anonymous?  Fat chance.  They SHOULD leave a review, but there is no question that they should be allowed to have anonymity. 
 
Like others have been saying I don't want to leave a negative review with my real name and picture either.  I don't want to be tracked down by some bum restaurant owner (for a call or G+ message, etc.).  You do realize that could very easily happen, right?  Maybe they'll give me free vouchers.  Maybe they'll harrass me.  Anyway, if anyone really wants to they can just make a fake account and post reviews from there.  So this move doesn't seem to solve ANY problems, though it does make some unfortunate ones.
 
Come on Google.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? gobbisharon 8/13/12 7:30 PM
I would like to review local restaurants but won't do so now because my name will show up. I live in a small town, and am unique in the local telephone directory.

Google, you screwed up on this, some people want to join in, BUT have the choice whether to show their names or not.

For instance, i'd have no problem leaving my name on reviews outside of my local area.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? martin88 8/14/12 3:20 PM
Just want to say that Google should really fix this issue - they are hurting the local businesses. I am unable to post my positive review on a place because I do not want my name published.

Re: Anonymous Reviews? zfives 8/15/12 6:57 PM
OK, so I can post on this board anonymously but I can't post anonymous reviews of businesses in my local vicinity. TERRIBLE policy Google. I'm going to have to create yet another fake Google account for this purpose apparently. Sheesh
Anonymous Reviews? handsfree 8/23/12 3:48 PM
It's not so much that I want to be anonymous, but it also says a public web search of just my name will pull up my reviews.  So at a glance, anyone can see where I come and go, just by searching my real name.  With employers now searching names, I don't want them to know that much personal stuff about me.  I have a unique name, and 90% of results are related to me.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? stevelion 9/2/12 10:06 AM
I agree with most of the posters here.  I know of no other review site that requires the use of your full name vs. a nick name.  I'll no longer be posting reviews on Google as a result.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? S. Villarreal 9/19/12 7:57 PM
All reviews are displayed as "A Google User" except for mine, which showed my full name. Definitely can't put a review up for my apartment complex now. I solved the problem and erased all my helpful reviews. Thank you Google. 
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Stone220022 9/24/12 8:51 AM

@MB-CBS

 

I believe you are missing the point entirely...

 

People can be responsible when writing a fair and reasonable review; but what we can not be responsible for are the actions taken against the reviewer.  Allow me to provide examples...restaurant I went to, I looked up the place when I was in there, it was dingy but I wanted to know what others thought.  There was a review written by a 'Lynda' who offered her opinion and down rated the place.  The next review was by a jerk who just abused Lynda by name.  An example I can use from my experience...I sent flowers to an ex-girlfriend for her birthday; they botched the delivery so it didn’t arrive until two days later.  Should I write a review to highlight the reliability of this shop to be unacceptable?  Sure....but I can't without having my current girlfriend or mates pick up on the fact that I'm sending birthday flowers to an ex :S

 

Another point which you raised I found interesting... "as a business owner I would want to make contact with a poster of a negative review and find out how..."  Well guess what, the reviewer may not want to be contacted by the shop/business.  They do not want you reaching out to them and might find that quite offensive or intimidating.

Anonymous Reviews? GoodSpeed150 10/2/12 10:10 AM
I've also stopped writing reviews.  Good or bad.  I hate the fact they know my name and can see my profile.  FIX THIS
Re: Anonymous Reviews? bub00 10/21/12 2:08 PM
Me too. No more review Google till this is sorted!!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? BP8 10/22/12 10:51 AM
Same issue here.  I relied on a google review to pick a shop, and then found it to be horrible.  I was going to provide a review, but don't want my name associated with it.  It was only then that I realized the latest review was 10 months old.  It probably would have gotten bad reviews recently and I would have been able to avoid the bad shop if not for Google's policy of no anonymity.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? relx 10/22/12 11:15 AM
Can anybody recommend alternatives to Google Local that will allow me to review anonymously?  Even though Google really dropped the ball on this one, it would be nice to still contribute my experiences for others.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? tzone 10/22/12 11:19 AM
Livenightout.com is the alternative
Re: Anonymous Reviews? dmcutaia 10/25/12 5:48 PM
It would be nice to know if there are places for reviews that are anonymous.  I am a bankruptcy attorney and my clients want to write me reviews but they don't want anyone to see their name because it is a private matter.  Google needs to understand that sometimes people have legitimate reasons for wanting to maintain their privacy.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? briannnnn 10/27/12 7:35 PM
I just deleted all of my reviews.  This is really sad.  I have to go back to some of the places I have reviewed so I can't have my name on it if I give a poor review.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? tlengnick 10/28/12 7:16 AM
GOOGLE - PLEASE CHANGE THIS.

I recently got a quote to fix a garage door. The guy came to my house, and they way he was interacting with me made me very uncomfortable. He even tried to take a part of my broken door and was very pushy about it stating that he "needed to confirm it was the right part" that he had in his shop.

He has my name and (obviously) address...I want to WARN others about this (apparently) unscrupulous "businessman" (he was in his early 20's and had that "I've been to prison" look to him)...but I certainly didn't want him knowing it was me. 

Google got famous because it was different...are you turning into just another Yahoo, Google?

Disappointed.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? heeyyyaa 11/5/12 10:24 AM
Seriously, Google this needs to be fixed. I will just review places on yelp instead, if I cannot review places anonymously. I certainly don't want my full name and my picture linked to all my reviews. 

I would like to contribute to Google Local, but cannot because of this issue!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? zfives 11/16/12 6:25 PM
Update: I was actually able to change my name from my real name to an alias. I wish I had documented the process because it wasn't very straight forward; I think I did it under my "Profile" which I accessed under my picture. Google only allows you something like three name changes every two years. You have to pick a real sounding name like "Terry Anderson", not "abc 123".
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Til1223 11/17/12 6:31 AM
Has anyone figured out why we must post our names next to a review? The premiss behind posting a review is to provide kuddos or concerns to others who are inquiring. If someone wants to post a name, let it be there choice.
 
In my case I want to post my concerns with treatment at a hospital ER. If my name is associated with my review, I fear that it will negatively impact the service provided to my family if we ever have to return. But at the same time, I owe a review to those looking for insight on past expereinces at this location.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? relx 11/17/12 10:27 AM
Doesn't this change your Google+ user name too though, and any other places your name may reside? (Gmail, etc)

Sounds like Google is encouraging users to open fake accounts to retain anonymity.  Sad.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Nicola Williams 11/17/12 12:53 PM
how do you get it to be public, I am having that problem?

Re: Anonymous Reviews? Potted Meat 11/18/12 3:04 PM
I agree that the anonymous review capability should be restored.  I also have to say that the Review feature of Google Maps is one of my favorite features.  I use it every time I travel, but it might be on its way to becoming less useful.  I have noticed that for many restaurants and other businesses, the most recent review is several months old.  Is this because fewer people are willing to post reviews now that they aren't anonymous?  It would be interesting to see how many reviews were posted per day to Google Maps while it was possible to be anonymous, and how many reviews per day are being posted now that it's no longer possible to be anonymous.  I wanted to post a review of a pizza joint, but was instantly turned off by the fact that my full name would be visible.  I did not post the review even though it was positive.

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Re: Anonymous Reviews? joseph blowisf 11/22/12 4:10 AM
Simply 100 % unacceptable to not allow anonymous reviews. It should be up to the reader to assign credibility based on the name.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? mike'snickname 11/25/12 2:42 PM
I agree. Bring back anonymous reviews. I'm done doing reviews until I inactivate my G+ account.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? mike'snickname 11/25/12 2:47 PM
Insiderpages and Yelp both display only the reviewers first name and last initial, but obviously will not reflect in the number of stars you get on Google.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Ali Y 12/2/12 8:40 PM
There is a reason for their decision, You see what used to happen was people positively self review their business , and leave positive for their shops, or people leave not genuine reviews, like your competitors want to bring you down and leave a bad review..You see now it is more of honest, everyone is know, yes, people may like anonymous but the previous way was not working as well..

I recently made a negative review on a mechanic, that destroyed by fav car,  and after sometime, I get a call, threatening call, that mechanic want me to remove my review?  it had my name, and he check his database to get my contacts! should I sue Google if something happens to me?


Re: Anonymous Reviews? jrwjr99 12/3/12 12:38 PM
That would be nice, however you are required to provide your Google + information to leave the post
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Juxxize 12/8/12 4:58 AM
I'm not bothered about being anonymous but i sure as hell don't want my full name and a picture , facebook lets you use nicknames and other sites let you use usernames i hate having my full name posted on reviews and what not , i tried to change my google plus name to my nickname / username i use online and it says because people don't change their name in real life I can't change it on google plus! i don't want my full name being used and i can't read reviews for local businesses anymore now . thank-you google once again .
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Ebone' B. 12/8/12 10:03 AM
I'm so annoyed with Google right now. So many people use Google to search businesses and read their reviews. I want to leave a review about a new doctor I'm seeing and I honestly don't want my full name associated with the review. I'm sure this doctor won't come looking for me but I'm not wanting the public to be aware of my personal issues with him, more so I want to publicly display my issue with the business, in hopes that one day a general consenus will develop. As an adult I know that many reviews are fiction but when you have several reviews over a span of time saying the same thing, there has to be some truth there. I'm worried that by Google keeping this change many reviews won't be posted.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Cory12345 12/9/12 9:24 PM
It's really insane that I can't post an anonymous review.  No way do I want my full name and picture linked to a review, regardless of whether it's positive or negative.  I wanted to post a review today and stopped myself.  Get your act together Google!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Rennie66 12/14/12 10:15 AM
Hi you probably already know this about changing your name on your profile but it will only put the new name on the new reviews. Any and all old reviews will still have your full/correct name on them and photo on them.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Firdouza Rabbi 12/14/12 5:38 PM
I wonder how many of these people whining, have been busted, either making self fake review for thier business, or unjust fake review to  business competitor, ,,,get over it,remember Google motto, "Do NO HARM",,..
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Jeffrey B # 12/21/12 11:47 AM
 Forget about just the reviews, what if your buddy sends you a link to something provocative and its funny. Now the other members can see what you have viewed and where you have been.  For example my wife? Are you crazy Google? We want to be anonymous when we want to.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ehg 12/21/12 12:40 PM
nobody enforces you to use Goolgle reviewing any business you like or don't like.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? joseph blowisf 12/23/12 1:17 PM
Right. Over the past week, I have been systematically removing all traces of my real google accounts, deleting all history, email, and now using yahoo for searches. The tipping point was when I searched for my real name, and found a map pointing to where I was. Google has simply gotten too obtrusive, too tracking, reading all your stuff and blasting you with content related ads, what else are they doing with my info? I am saying goodbye to google in every way I can, and the rest of my family is also. We have had enough.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Brian Rathgaber 12/27/12 6:40 PM
The reason some want to be unknown, is like my self, The owner lets the employees do rails of cocaine in the kitchen, and my name is a def need to be unknown, but the public should know!

Re: Anonymous Reviews? soa88 12/31/12 10:38 AM
Obviously. That's not remotely the point.The point is I want to review things without a picture, I almost never leave bad reviews, because I don't care that much. But I still don't need my face on things. Or my full name all up on the internet. Once it's there it's there forever.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Lee O. 1/5/13 8:56 AM
I support the need to not have my full name shown in a review. I have refrained from reviewing for this reason. I will delete my + account until this is fixed.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? gg4567 1/7/13 6:20 AM
I will NOT use google+  if it is not possible to have anonymous reviews.

The deceitful "self-reviewing" issue is not a problem for me. Mostly I go by the negative ones anyway, but now those are being discouraged. 
Otherwise, it's just basically advertising, which is fine with me.

Not cool, google.  Now it's you too becoming big brother.  I thought you were different.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? ehg 1/7/13 6:38 AM
nobody needs to serve or use any services of what he thinks is like "big brother"
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? greg+ 2/2/13 2:59 PM
To googlers:
I recently saw an article about microsoft on{X} app, looked interesting, at least definitely worth trying, so I installed it, only to realize the only way of using it was to connect through facebook...
So I wanted to write a review on google play to let potential future users know of this requirement (which already many, many users had complained about, but hey, an extra opinion is always good). Imagine my surprise, when I was unable to write a review, because I didn't have a google+ account! I didn't have one, still don't and don't intend on having one in the future. That Google wants to integrate android and its various apps and services together that's great, but let the user choose the level of integration he wants. And please, O please, don't say things like "Google Play reviews now use Google+ so it's easier to see opinions from people you care about", so you mean to say that you are doing this for me? Because me, I just want to write a review, or to use an app (on{X} in this case), not to have to connect to a social network, which is something I am truly not interested in using. A lot of people are interested in using them, that's great for them, I am especially glad that they've got the possibility to write reviews...
The way I see it, Google's businees philosophy is 'open the door, yet show the way': developing android, putting it in open source, letting OEM put their crap on the phones but showing them with product like nexus phones and tablets how it can be when used as intended, people want to use other app stores, they are free to do so, but Google develops the Play Store hoping it will give all the features one may need so that one doesn't actually want to go somewhere else. Well do the same with google+, make it so good that people want to use it and not facebook, but don't force android users to create a google+ profile in order to put a review, only so that a year from now you can say 'hey look how many new users google+ have, it's definitely catching on facebook'. First, users don't like to be instrumentalized in your little stand-off with facebook or whatever else business quarrels 2 companies might have. Second, the extra google+ "users" that we will have (at least the one like me that don't not care for social networks) are not gonna go/use google+ so they won't click on ads and bring money to google.
So please: don't become like Apple by forcing a maximum level of integration upon users, just let them integrate things the way they want them to be!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? anonymous-coward 2/5/13 1:00 PM
I have had to stop reviewing apps in the app store as well as all places on Google because of this policy change. I don't WANT my reviews linked to my G+ profile. If I wanted everything I said on the web to be linked to me I'd use Facebook, duh! I also find it interesting that google will let me choose the nickname I want to be displayed and allow me to choose if I want it linked to my G+ profile for this very post, but not for any reviews. What a shame.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? G$$GLE 2/6/13 3:12 PM
GOOGLE WANTS YOU TO CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT, IT SHOWS AS A NEW MEMBER AND THEY MAKE MORE $$$$$$ ON ADVERTISING BY SHOWING MORE USERS/ACCOUNTS
JUST CORPORATE AMERICA DOING ITS CORRUPT BUSINESS PRACTICES
Re: Anonymous Reviews? jsdonovan 2/7/13 8:38 PM
I can relate...my wife had cosmetic surgery done and she absolutely loved it and the the doctor and staff who did it.  She wants to post a very positive review for others to see how great this doctor and his staff are. Unfortunately, she doesn't want to have her circles, friends, and kids, to see what she had done.  Google needs to come up with a way that verifies the person leaving the review as valid (not spammer and not self serving) yet allow a person to check a box saying, show my name or hide my name, used fictions, and a check box that says, "send to the public, only my circles, public but not my circle(s), etc.  There is no way my wife will leave a review as it is today.  I fear this new process by Google will eliminate many people doing reviews when the service received is personal.  This will include doctors, lawyers, professional services, mental health, financial, and so many more categories.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Jessica J. Johnston 2/17/13 8:56 AM
I've had similar problems as everyone here describes. I went to a doctor last year and received horrible service, and was upset about the lack of help in my condition - I have TMJ quite bad which flairs up from time to time, and at the time I went I had been in excruciating pain for over a week. I have insurance and paid my fifty dollar copay. After receiving basically no help, in which I seemed to know more about the condition than the doctor, I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory and sent on my way. Obviously this didnt help whatsoever with the incredible amount of pain i was in. After I posted a google review about my experience, not even a week later I received a bill from the doctors office stating that my insurance did not cover the visit and I needed to pay another $100. This was never mentioned when I was there and I feel without a doubt it was because of the review I posted. I own my own house and pay for everything, so extra money isn't something I have a lot of- especially to pay a doctor who did virtually nothing to help my condition. So much for finding a doctor who MAY be able to help me- I have too much to pay off. It's ridiculous. I am not a fan of this Google+ junk.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Aaron Klapheck 2/22/13 3:10 PM
@MB-CBS

I agree with your sentiments. I have found most reviewers to leave honest feedback and most businesses strive to make improvements in response to customer feedback. I find this policy change of showing peoples names needed, because a few bad apples ruined the bunch. Being an anonymous user gives people the power to say things they never would normally. Because some people have abused this power now all the rest of us are being "punished."

@AnonymousCoward123

I post as myself everywhere and have a unique name so I am obviously biased against anonymity. Statistically speaking, a person who post using their real name live just as happy a life as those that do not. I have not seen any negative effects in my life as a result of posting using my real name and believe most people who do would say the same. Again this goes back to the extremes. Most people in America are not a part of a persecuted minority group. Because of this, your comment does not seem applicable to most people living in America. I do agree with your conclusion though, that privacy is valuable to some people and in some situations, this mostly comes down to common sense. Anonymous name or not I would not post a public review of my primary bank, as this would not be a good idea. With the vast number of Americas using smart technology, on-line services, and numerous digital resources, privacy is simply a figment of the imagination. Even hundreds of years ago when people lived in small towns and neighborhoods there was no such thing as "privacy." Anonymous reviews or not, if a person wants to find you they can.

Realistically I think the issue has more to do with businesses having access to people's names with the potential to hound them than any privacy issues. Again we are looking at the extreme cases as I have posted hundreds of negative and positive reviews of businesses with absolutely no problem whatsoever. I would like to reiterate, if you are online making reviews then ANYONE has the potential of monitoring you. In reality, this usually is not a problem though. If you are an average American, then posting reviews using your real name will likely not effect you in any way whatsoever so long as you use common sense.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Aaron Klapheck 2/22/13 3:38 PM
The most important reason that real names should be used comes down to the USA legal system. Whoever stands to loose the most is given preferential treatment (this is why pedestrians have the right of way, and there are many more examples). So we now have two situations (both of which are not likely but possible).
1. Users being hounded by businesses to change their review.
2. Anonymous user posting a horrible, untrue review.

In case 1 being hounded could cause serious issues in a persons life (but in the vast majority of cases this is simply viewed as an irritant) and there are many avenues of recourse available to people who are being hounded. The main one being to sue a business that does this.
In case 2 a horrible review could cause negative publicity and could even put a business out of operation, which would be far more damaging than a simple irritant. More that this, there is absolutely no recourse of action a business could take in this situation unless they already have a good idea who made this comment, and even then possibly not due to free speech.
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Anonymous Reviews? Joseph Higgs 3/16/13 12:12 AM
I refuse to sign up to any social networking sites including Google+. I am so angry that i can't review or comment on any apps on Google play store anymore with signing up to Google+.
If this doesn't change very soon, I'm going to scrap my android phone and gmail account and move to another company.

What's going on, how dare you force a product on loyal customers!!!

Re: Anonymous Reviews? Saturn1217 3/25/13 10:00 AM
Does anyone know how some users are still able to post anonymously in the play store? There are still reviews being left by people with relatively new phones (One X, Galaxy S3) that show up as Google User. But whenever I try to leave a review I can't get past the Google+ sign up page.

And to those that support this new system please understand that at least for me personally it has nothing to do with the developer knowing who I am. I don't want people I know (my parents, my boyfriend, friends who aren't that good friends etc.) knowing my exact app history and the comments that I make on apps. I would like that kind of anonymity. That is why I would have no problem having a static nickname that is attached to me. I don't want developers to get punished by irritating people who post unfair reviews. But right now I can't leave any feedback (good or bad) on the Google Play store and it is starting to really hamper my Android experience. 

Plenty of other major vendors (Apple, Amazon) manage to maintain a feedback system without forcing people to attach their real identity to information which can in some cases be sensitive information (or just embarrassing).

I am extremely disappointed that this policy remains in place and it is making me think long and hard about how much I want to invest in Google's ecosystem considering this seems to be the direction their headed for everything.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Charles Walker 1 3/25/13 10:30 AM
Saturn, I think the review may have been left BEFORE the reviewer got a new device.  I might be wrong though.

Your reasons are very legit about not wanting every little damn thing you do online tied to your real name and picture.  Just like you, I refuse to review any application or Google maps location until this privacy bug is corrected.  Why basic privacy is such a hard thing for Google to respect is very baffling.

In the past I used to disregard and chuckle at the people who called Google "evil" as I wrote them off as just being paranoid.  I love Android, Google Maps, Gmail, etc, but having zero respect for their customer's privacy has really infuriated me.  It's been a very long time since I've left a review and it's unfortunately the trend is going to continue.  What also bothers me is wondering how many reviews now go unwritten because of this new practice?  Someone might have saved me from dealing with a shady vendor or restaurant, but I'll never know now.

Until Google straightens their act out, I'm going to use Yelp! for local reviews, and Amazon for Android application reviews.  It's a shame I have to start avoiding Google at all costs now.  The company had a great thing going with lots of potential.  All we ask is for a check box before posting a review on whether to link our Google profile and photo to the post.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Saturn1217 3/25/13 10:51 AM
That's what I thought too but I actually googled and found this discussion after seeing reviews for the newest update to Evernote posted as "A Google User" by people who have new phones. That is why I was curious. 

I apologize that I didn't realize this was specifically regarding reviews to businesses through Google maps rather than google apps but the principle is still the same (and actually it is more important for reviewing local businesses). 
Re: Anonymous Reviews? daveisnotme 4/10/13 6:04 AM
I am in total agreement I will no longer be posting any reviews.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Tighe Caldera 4/12/13 9:15 AM
I was about to write my first review today, but I also dont want my name associated, while I give a very positive review to one company and a very negative review of another.  I will be canceling my google profile.  WTF  google, fix this
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ET phone home 4/14/13 12:25 PM
I was also planning on posting my first review today too. In my case, it was due to a negative experience at my doctor's office. I'd like to inform the public, but don't want to be treated differently as a patient. I don't mind verifying my identity by signing in, but I should be given the option of not having my name displayed for the world to see. At least let me choose initials or something.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Charles Walker 1 4/14/13 1:04 PM
This thread has gone almost a year without reply from Google.  Perhaps instead of replying to this thread, everyone should create a new topic for the same issue until they hear us.
Anonymous Reviews? miffedny 4/18/13 10:09 AM
I was just about to review a business location i just visited, but do not want my wife to know i was there today (just in case she can still somehow find this - it's a surprise hon).

My personal info is nobodies business, but even worse - nobody has the right to know where i am right now or where I've been today.

A good business just missed out on a great review from me over the inability to make it anonymously.

This seriously skews and degrades the reliability of the review system worse than anon reviews ever could.

Re: Anonymous Reviews? Charles Walker 1 4/18/13 11:38 AM
Another great example.

GOOGLE!  I strongly urge you formulate a "Common Sense Team" who regularly reviews Google products for blatant flaws that are hindering the user experience.

The fact this thread has been going on so long without any feedback from Google proves they really don't care what their customers think.  What a shame.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? my name is anonymous hah 4/22/13 9:49 AM
I agree, I want anonymity back. They can make it an option for their users. Non users can't post anything so why is this a problem? If a company has a 'fake post' issue, then they can demand to know who posted it. I'm taking my review down asap!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? bocaradio11 6/1/13 8:29 PM
WTF? This is deeply disconcerting. I do NOT want my name and profile published when posting reviews. Absolutely rediculous! This is a blatant invasion of privacy laws.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? justin.d.skiles 6/3/13 5:17 AM
I was going to leave a review for my current doctor's office, but I don't want my name to be associated with the review. There are some negative feedbacks that I would like to leave, but I am afraid that the staff would be retaliatory against me.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Taurug Baca 6/3/13 2:53 PM
I too refuse to post unless it's anonymous.  Civil suit courts be damned.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? resteasy 6/6/13 8:27 AM
Any stats published on # of reviews before/after the policy switch?
Re: Anonymous Reviews? resteasy 6/6/13 8:53 AM
I think there's room for both official non-anoymous full & helpful reviews by attributed reviewers AND a stream of anonymous banter.  Often the latter is quick hitting and short lived.  For instance, today's gmail on android update lost the 'move message to trash' feature.  I suspect that wil be fixed quickly, but it'd be nice for potential updaters to be able to see that info and nice to not have to fully rate the app and be forced to leave an attributed review just for that type of tidbit.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? resteasy 6/6/13 9:09 AM
How about, in addition to reviews, a link to a more anonymous stream like the google product forums?
Re: Anonymous Reviews? resteasy 6/6/13 10:01 AM
I just realized this thread is in the 'Google Maps' forum.  I was thinking of app reviews in the google play store originally.  But I think that reviews of items on google maps could benefit from an anonymous thread of reviews or quick notes in addition to more complete proper reviews.  What is being missed with "heavy [attributed] reviews" (if you will) is a lot of valuable information (reference twitter and the like) that, when aggregated, may even be better than "heavy" reviews.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Bargle 6/11/13 2:21 PM
Hm.  I just hit this today.  I made myself a complete throwaway Google+ profile to use for reviews.  Being able to post anonymously, or at least customize the displayed name seems to be mandatory here.  I imagine the vast majority of the reviews that would get left aren't once people realize it's linked to them intimately in real life....which is a problem in a number of ways, some of which are detailed in this thread.  Sigh.  It's a shame really.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Privacy Isdying 8/18/13 4:18 AM
I too am peeved that I can't post a review anonymously, so I created this "fake" account in order to do so.  This may or may not help Google+ with their numbers, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.  The internet is after all, nothing but a large market, with information being both the product and the legal tender.  Google puts its pants on one leg at a time like everyone else.  In other words, they make their money selling advertising space, and the more hard data they can provide to prove eyes on the page the better.  Privacy is the casualty of this brave new world.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? kgl rdnsklkdsjzvnbzjkn 8/19/13 6:27 AM
looks like you r the only one ho feels this way.  why would you want your face and name posted publicly on the internet.  i cannot think of a worse idea.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? rkimpeljr 8/29/13 7:36 AM
That seems like the logical solution. Make a fake account. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the negative reviews for companies are by fake-named accounts. Maybe we could make one fake account and everybody use it. This would be the most well known Google account in the world!

Say I go to a restaurant and write an unflattering review, with my name and picture. Later, my family decides to go there despite my protest. It wouldn't surprise me if the workers would have a hit-list of people's food to spit in. We used to have a list of customers who write bad checks. This is a logical (though demented) extension of that idea. Sharing positive opinions about, say, a sex-change surgeon would also be the sort of thing you might not want attached to your name.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? funfact 9/1/13 1:55 PM
Funny thing is, professional restaurant reviewers almost NEVER use their real names; almost all are identified by pseudonyms. If you wrote for the Times, you COULD remain anonymous! Which just makes this whole policy all the more ridiculous. Google should consider that if professional critics use pseudonyms, there may be a reason for it and that, just maybe, its users would like to remain anonymous for the same reason(s).
Re: Anonymous Reviews? GuildenNL 9/4/13 7:56 PM
I and many others I know quite using Google for feedback due to this purely thought out direction.

Best thing to do is ignore Google and use better sites like Yelp (they are growing like mad since Google's dumb direction). Traffic drives Google's moves. I was a very early G+ user (way before beta) but dropped all of it when this was announced around the Zagat acquisition.

Anonymous Reviews? jvrichardson 9/14/13 9:34 PM
I don't need every co-worker, family member and random acquaintance knowing where I like to eat and shop. No thanks. This does suck because I often refer to Google reviews for things I'm thinking of trying, but I don't want to have my likes and dislikes spammed to everyone I know if they happen to be Googling or using Google+. I think many people will feel the same and not want to leave reviews anymore.. It's really too bad.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? sneakyninjamonkey 9/17/13 7:36 AM
I agree...I was about to post a negative review to a local dog daycare/boarding business but after reading some of the other reviews I decided against it.  Apparently the proprietor called multiple individuals in the middle of the night and harassed/threatened them if they left bad reviews!  After reading this I didn't want to post anything, despite the fact that this place needs to be shut down (In addition to the illegal harassment by the proprietor, he is cruel to animals left there for daycare or boarding, sexual harassment of employees, rude and arrogant customer service, lying straight to customers' faces, changing policies on a whim, and on and on).  I haven't used their services for more than three years, and I doubt he could get a hold of me, but this is definitely a failing on Google's part and this guy is a prime example of why.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Nich H 9/20/13 11:38 AM
I WANT TO WRITE A BAD REVIEW ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE MOVING COMPANY IN HOUSTON, BUT THEY STILL HAVE MY FURNITURE AND IM AFRAID IF THEY SEE I WROTE THE REVIEW THEY WILL "LOSE" MY FURNITURE. 

Sorry for the caps. I just got off a call from this HORRIBLE company and I wanted to write a bad review about them IMMEDIATELY so no one else will use this scam of a moving company. But the problem is they still have my furniture. I've been waiting for my furniture for 3 weeks now, even though they said it would arrive 3 weeks ago. And the way they conduct business is like the mafia. THEY HOLD YOUR FURNITURE HOSTAGE so they can control you.

THIS is why I want google to redo anonymous reviews because I DO NOT want them to see it was me and then do something horrible.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? steffen29 9/28/13 11:32 AM
Well then google should give the option to edit your public name on a review, as well as give you the option to have the business owner reply to you in an email. It can be like a dispute resolution technique.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Neau Wulf 10/2/13 10:46 AM
Not sure what dumb thinking factor was in the head of the fool who thought that it was a good idea to post your real name.. Now i can't leave any honest reviews without being afraid of be retaliated on. I rated the apartment complex I stay at and a month later i received a letter stating I was bad mouthing the company and harassing them online. I mean really? WTF? How could you not think this through? Most reviews will come from current customer of a company. So why would Google think to throw the name of the individual in the face of the company who left the review? If not anonymous at the last something the says verified Google+ user without stating the name of the user unless the user wish that their name be visible for the one review.   
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Causels 10/7/13 1:05 PM
How dare you convert our old reviews to our real names without our permission!  I'm not normally one to take privacy too seriously, but I left reviews expecting them to be (somewhat) anonymous.  Having them instantly changed to my real name leaves me feeling extremely violated.  My trust in Google is slowly being chipped away.

I would not be surprised if this change led to a major decrease in the number of new reviews, a decrease in total reviews as users delete their previous entries, and a general decline in usage of Google reviews (kill off the contributors, lose the users).

Not all businesses serve anonymous customers.  Imagine how many therapists, lawyers, realtors, financial advisers, etc. will no longer receive feedback (both negative AND positive) due to privacy concerns.  I, unfortunately, have a very uncommon last name in a mid-sized town--imagine how hard it would be for a business to track me down if they wanted to?  It's not even like I leave horribly negative feedback, I am an adult and I leave professional feedback.  If I have been seriously scammed or dissatisfied with my service, how am I to warn other potential customers now without the fear of verbal/financial/physical repercussions?  Yelp.  I suppose that's how.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? npg500 10/11/13 10:46 PM
I've just got an update from Google: If I understood this correct they are changeing their Terms and Conditions and will allow the user to select the level of anonymity (e.g. with or w/o picture/name). This is going to be effective from the 11th of November.
I really hope they've learned their lesson. We will see it after 11/11.


Re: Anonymous Reviews? npg500 10/11/13 10:52 PM
But reading it again it probably means only they do not use your name and picture in socialized ads unless you want that. Thank you Google for at least letting us decide that. /sarcasm off.
Anonymous Reviews? AshleeB 10/18/13 3:54 AM
I was wondering the same thing. Have us sign in under our account but then allow us to change the name. That way one person can't make multiple fake reviews and the truly concerned citizen can make a comment without fear of retribution. Fix this google or you are going to lose lots of people.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Chad Sweeney 10/19/13 6:23 PM
I think the obvious answer to your question is this: If you give a bad review to a company (who remember, is run by people) and leave your full name, you are completely opening yourself up to harassment.  Understand now?  Perhaps in your world, you wouldn't have an issue with leaving your address or telephone number either?  
Re: Anonymous Reviews? AshleeB 10/20/13 11:48 AM
Well as for me I wanted to review a place on a military instillation. I worry with me leaving a full name it may come back as a negative thing for my husband. But the place really needs to know they need work and if I can spare someone else from the same frustrations I would be happy.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ithinkikan 10/26/13 11:33 AM
If a review is not the best but constructive ,
Having your identity show seems ok. It is understandable that if you are being extremely mean you want to hide your identity.  If you want to inform a company so that they can improve, you can always send an anonymous letter. Or if you feel somehow endangered, such as the military comment. In writing a review, I always consider how I would feel in receiving the review. Would it help me improve or just destroy me. I guess it depends on your intention when leaving a review. Mostly, I leave a review when I am thrilled by a great experience or want to share something good.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ithinkikan 10/26/13 11:33 AM
Re: Anonymous Reviews? DarkRitualist 10/27/13 11:39 AM
You can still circumvent the system by creating a fake google account, sign in to your fake account and write the review.  This proves that Google's effort to force us to use our real names doesn't work if we really want to remain anonymous to write our reviews.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? pvevans80 11/7/13 1:23 PM
My reasoning is because I want to leave a bad review for my apartment complex. If I post it with my full name they can and will retaliate. I would rather not piss off someone who has free access to my apartment. Or could cause me many other problems. They deserve their "bad" review. But I don’t think I should have to open myself up to their harassment. All I want to do is warn others NOT to rent here
Re: Anonymous Reviews? GaReNi 11/9/13 10:04 AM
I'm done leaving reviews until its fixed.
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Re: Anonymous Reviews? maps plombier 11/20/13 5:53 AM
s'il te plaît je fait un transfert grouper de maps pour mon société Plombier Paris est le modérateur de google me demander de vous envoyer une image je fais mais il n'accepte pas le maps qu est ce que je fait
Re: Anonymous Reviews? LaurensPi 11/26/13 4:28 AM
I really understand what you mean, this is unacceptable...

Sometimes a see unfair reviews from "a google user", which could be the employee or owner or whatever.... But then I want to respond with only my FirstName and that's not possible....

A possibility could be, like I mentioned, to -at least- have the possibility to post your first name...But preferably a nickname
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Chris1166 12/9/13 6:36 AM
So.. has anyone from Google addressed this? or are we just left to complain amongst ourselves here?
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ehg 12/9/13 9:57 AM
Chris there is nothings to "address" from Google. It was their decision to no more allow anonymous reviews.
Period.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Chris1166 12/9/13 10:47 AM
Ehg,

I might be wrong, but I don't think it's difficult to believe that Google might consider changing policies or discussing rationale with customers.  They've done it in the past for other issues.  Do you think that I'm being unreasonable? Question mark?
Re: Anonymous Reviews? Charles Walker 1 12/9/13 10:55 AM
Google wants all users to create fake accounts for leaving reviews.  It doesn't seem logical, but that's the way it is.  One day they will hopefully realize how absurd the current system is.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? jang geun gulk 12/27/13 10:18 PM
Before that you must choose the Best Product Review Writing  Services for your reviews, after that don't use your real name it may be quite difficult to you.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? tmd63 1/4/14 2:11 PM
I have tried to create a review and I have been stopped from doing so. I have a google+ account and I am logged in, but every time I get to the point of 'Add a new review' and the button has the link of 'void(0)'. But nothing happens.
Has Google stopped allowing reviews????
Re: Anonymous Reviews? ehg 1/4/14 2:26 PM
it should have the linkage "javascript:void(0)" - this would be pretty normal.and triggering the javascript behind the link.

I can't see yet any specific reason for doing nothings when clicking the link on your end.
But couple of days ago I posted a reveiw and I just  tried it minutes ago on a US business and got no problems.

Would recommend you should try an other browser at first - just in case!
Re: Anonymous Reviews? David Nance 1/5/14 8:43 AM
The most accurate review a facility can have is one given by an employee that works there... If that review isn't 5 stars the employer can fire you. If I have to put my name on my review I cant be honest with it.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? thispersonhere 3/26/14 11:42 AM
I have a similar problem, but from the side of the business owner.  I had to fire an employee for theft.  They tried to claim unemployment, I contested, and they lost. One year to the date of their firing a review was left on YP.com, saying "Was treated poorly after years of loyalty to his practice. He is more interested in money than the care of his patients".  I closed the YP.com account, but Google somehow picked up that review, and lists it as being left by the anonymous "a google user".  I have tried to flag the review, but there is NO way to have it removed as far as I can tell.  This is a small example of a huge problem - anonymous reviews left by competitors, and disgruntled former employees (who may have been fired for cause).  The courts in Vermont recently judged that the anonymous nature of a negative review can be challenged - in the case of a business owner who was having negative reviews left by a competitor, and wanted to sue.  From the reviewers side, yes, it is nice to review anonymously.  From the business owner side, it is not a good thing at all.
Re: Anonymous Reviews? muncyweb 4/3/14 11:27 AM
Add me to the list. I would wish for the functionality to be added to Google to allow anonymous reviews. I do not want a Google Plus account. As a result of Google's recent requirements for commenting and reviews, I have also stopped utilizing the comment section on YouTube. Google is essentially eliminating anyone who believes in privacy from being a participant in their large web ecosystem.
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