First I would like to thank you for your reply. It makes complete sense now.
Curious, were you responsible for my account being disabled (or whatever it's called)?
After another infuriating experience with Google's silly "something appears to be wrong. please try again"
error message when trying to post here earlier I finally saw in my profile a very general, nonspecific message (I don't know anyone that would look in their profile unless they planned on adding / changing something, so it was quite a while before I found it) saying something was wrong with either my name or something else in my profile (yes, those were the options). I edited out the business name in the 'A brief description of you' field thinking that might be the issue and it appears it likely was.
I see that done often in the profiles of other people that circle me, there business name or their website address (which should have a business page like any other business/blog/website) under their personal names. In fact, that's where I got the idea and I just added it to mine a couple of days ago.
It would really have been nice if I was just notified that that was a problem and I would have edited it out.
This has really left such a bad taste in my mouth that I have about lost interest in continuing with anything to do with Google.
The other day I was trying to comment to a post from my business profile and rather than getting an error message saying something humane like 'business profiles aren't allowed to comment here. Please comment from your personal profile', I got an error message saying "Something appears to be wrong. Please try again."
, and that is just what I did, I tried again. And again, and again. In fact, I kept trying because I didn't know that I wasn't allowed to comment from a business profile so that never came to mind, and I thought something was wrong with my connection or something like that. Infuriating.
I am new to being active in social media and am learning as I go along. I am so utterly put off by the way this was communicated that I'm finding it hard to express what I want to say.
I can think of no risk or potential for abuse by communicating with users in a rational manner when something is wrong rather than making us feel like unwelcomed criminals.
I don't mean to give out to you but I am really offended by the way this was communicated. I know Google may feel they are invincible but I'm sure anyone else would feel the same. If minor errors on the part of users are going to continue to be dealt with like major offences I don't think that will go over with users too well in the long run.
Following is what I had tried to post earlier (I'm not so hopeful now):
Thank you so much again for your helpful explanation. It makes complete sense now. I am so glad that it is working like it's supposed to!
Now I need to figure out a way to get local people (San Francisco Bay Area) to add us to their circles, haha! (<sarcasm> moving is such an exiting topic for people that they are lining up to hear about it.)</sarcasm>
I wonder if you can create a widget of some sort that can show a stream of posts that we post on our Google+ page (Google+ business page), so we post updates, specials, holiday greetings or whatnot on our Google+ page and have it show in this stream on our website. This enables us to use our Google+ business page to interact with users, without feeling like we have to decide whether to spend more time on our Google+ page or on our website in order to perform the same objectives.
Thank you again for your help.
Although my sentiments at this point are not so positive. I did "like the whole Google+ idea". I was feeling pretty passionate about Google and Google+. Now, not so much.
Thanks for letting me vent.