Do you need a Google account to leave a review?

drongo

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I'm pretty sure the answer is YES but are there any ways around this?

Also, is there any information on what proportion of users (especially in the UK) actually have a Google account? Is there a resource online which gives this info?

Many thanks folks!!!

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djbaxter

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I'm very interested in seeing other replies to this question.

As far as I can tell, you can't leave a Google Review without logging into a Google account.

Rather egocentric of Google to assume that everyone who wants to review your business will have a Google account - or that they want to take the time to log in even if they do have one. I wonder how many potential reviews are lost because of this, especially for non-Android mobile users.
 

Greg Schueler

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They changed the requirement last year (not sure exactly when), so you do need a Google account now.

I think that is a good thing though. We see how many "fake" reviews there are now with accounts, imagine spammers and competitors being able to leave unlimited bad reviews with no account/identity needed.
 

fr33lanc3r

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I agree, not a bad thing. I get it from the business owner's perspective of making it more complicated for the customer. If you are using Google's service, creating an account is not an unreasonable requirement.
 

pony

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Rather egocentric of Google to assume that everyone who wants to review your business will have a Google account - or that they want to take the time to log in even if they do have one. I wonder how many potential reviews are lost because of this, especially for non-Android mobile users.
I think they care more about getting your person data when you sign up for the account and the ability to track you across other Google products than they do getting a review on their platform for a local business they don't own but they aren't evil right?
 

djbaxter

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They changed the requirement last year (not sure exactly when), so you do need a Google account now.

I think that is a good thing though. We see how many "fake" reviews there are now with accounts, imagine spammers and competitors being able to leave unlimited bad reviews with no account/identity needed.
Someone determined to leave a fake review won't be deterred by having to create a Google account.
 

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