Originally Posted by Gmash
The point is Google gets to pad their stats to make Google+ look popular vs Facebook, even if people aren't actually using their account.
That's a bit contradictory, isn't it? If you create a G+ account to write reviews, you are actually using it, not just a part of some padding.
I see it more like your profile page in whole Google system, not as something that requires you to link to people and chat with them. Now is it good to force real name use, that's debatable.