We'll be deactivating theaccount shortly... an "intern" is taking over, as it is permitted for actual personal accounts to re-post brand content, as long as the brand consents. Those personal accounts can be folded in to real brand accounts when that program goes live. Google will be rolling out proper org/brand account support within 2 months, we're told. We want to play by the rules, and be good community members. Everything I've learned about how Google is planning to go about the actual rollout from here on in is sound, and I think they're going to do it right. But I think it would be wise for the Google folks to communicate the details of their revised plans more openly and promptly to pre-empt bad feelings/confusion/cranky conspiracy theories.
Anyway, update soon.
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- I confess I don't really understand the question. The handful of product pages I've Liked on facebook end up filling a tiny minority of my newsfeed. I wouldn't expect it to be any different on G+, except that I have far better control over the mix of content in my stream here (and I expect the control to become better in the future than the current all-or-one approach to circles in your stream).
The main corporate pollutant on facebook (aside from the garish ads in the margin) is all the Cow-Clicker apps that my friends spam me with as well as the malware that's infesting the site through its API being open to third-party developers. I'm not so naïve as to think that a G+ equivalent to apps isn't coming down the pike sooner or later (though here's hoping), but from what I've seen of G+ so far I'm confident that I'll be able to control how much of a nuisance they'll be to my experience here.
Other than that, and leaving aside the obvious friends vs. circles discussion (to say nothing of hangouts and sparks), G+ is different from facebook because it's a gateway drug for us all to start using all the different Google services. I'm a long-time Gmail user, but as of this week, I've started becoming a Picasa user through G+. I don't have a Flickr account, but now I'm less likely to set one up. Before long I'll probably explore the Calendar and Documents tabs on that black bar at the top, too. They've already integrated sharing with G+ identities into Picasa, and I'm guessing I'll find the same thing in Documents (and probably Calendar, too).
I'm not a fan of monopolies, mind you, but I'm going to give Google a fair shake on this, because as far as I can tell they're quite careful about how they implement their features, they seem to be taking the right approach on privacy, and frankly I've never been distracted or irritated by their embedded advertisements (I guess we'll see what the advertisements in G+ will look like after the roll-out).
So in short, to me, G+ is different than facebook because it is already so much more than facebook, and I expect it to expand even further as it matures.Jul 20, 2011
- Shifting the BB account to a personal account maintained by an intern is the exact thing we were told to do by Google. All those criticizing us for doing this can suck it. We talked to Google, this is what hey explicitly suggested we do.Jul 20, 2011
- I am in disbelief that people get on here onto a beta product and start telling its users and its makers what they should all do (and we don't mean identifying issues/bugs). And many of you complain about other technologies that you have failed to explore adequately enough to control. You can turn off all those gaming posts in your stream in facebook, for example. If you want a people network, there are tons of niche products out there like orkut (a google product!) and newer ones popping up like wusoup. Sad thathad to take these paint ball shots while on here as an early adopter and as one of the better people to be exploring and commenting on this evolving technology. So, let me get this right: many of you followed her and boing boing and then decided to tell her what she should or shouldn't do? Um.Jul 20, 2011
- Ok...1st of all, I love thatis not afraid to tell people to suck it. Secondly, this is still a somewhat private beta people. Calm down. A lot of things are probably going to change before Google+ is made public.
For all we know, the things we love the most about it could change. Just slow down and let the beta process take its course.Jul 20, 2011
- tl;dr "everyone is exactly like me, why can't they see that"Jul 20, 2011
- What I don't get is that Google specifically asked businesses not to create a profile on more than one occasion. They said there was a program aimed at businesses and that it would be rolled out later. People go violate the rules then go complaining knowing they're doing something wrong. When facebook started there weren't businesses accounts, hell there were not people accounts unless you were a student. After a while they kept changing, iterating and adding features until they got where they are today and I never heard anyone complaining. In fact I LIKED Facebook when it was like that. This is a BETA, an INVITATION ONLY testing phase. It is nowhere near complete, it is a new product and Google asked PEOPLE to give them feedback because they wanted to get the experience right first then they would work on some other features. +Vic Gundotra went on TWiT and couldn't be clearer about what they wanted people to do which is provide user feedback. If you violate the rules you shouldn't justify yourself with others, it's childish to do so. I don't go stealing somewhere and when I get caught defend myself saying that other people are doing the same without getting caught. It's good that they finally got the message and decided to play by the rules but trying to create a storm and bash Google for enforcing their rules made many people look like jerks.Jul 25, 2011