I recently sold my performance marketing agency and part of the transition meant migrating my Google Apps account (and my Google+ circles) from one account to another.
The experience has been a little peculiar to say the least. On the surface it looks like something that should be so easy to do, change email, update details, job done.... right?
Well first off, when you actually start the process, there is a 7 day window before the actual transfer starts.
You have the right to change your mind in that period and cancel the transfer, but I didn't and at 11.36am yesterday the process started.
Now they do say that all your old content, +1's, comments etc. get left behind, so I would suggest you do a Takeout and download it all.
To prevent cross-over while the transition happens I had two red lines as indicated in the screen below, showing me my account had been suspended and I needed to take action.
I suspect, that as I had already set up the profile on my new account that I was breaching the rule that says you can't pretend to be someone else, and technically I was pretending to be myself.
So, despite it telling me that it would take a few hours it took almost 24 before I could do anything on the new account and closer to 30 before I could do anything on the old account (this one).
All the circles I had moved across no problem. They people who have circled me is not showing the correct number, they say it might take up to 48 hours for the count to show, but there were a few commenters on the first post I made after the transition, so some people must be seeing the posts.
Now, the downside.
All of the communities you belong to do not get transferred across. If you own the community you will need to make your new self an admin and then transfer the ownership.
If you are a member of a private closed community, then you will need to contact the owner and let them know your new profile address.
If you do decide to move back after the event, you have to wait 6 months before you can instigate another transfer.
I actually found the process easy, but disappointing. I don't expect my scenario to be that uncommon and it is the Google Apps account that causes the issues.
Domain owners transfer domains quite nicely with the relevant request/acceptance carried out programmatically to ensure the transfer is legitimate.
Anyway, in case you find this profile (and I have done as suggested and switched off the "find my profile in search engines", (because I want the other profile found) you can find me over at https://plus.google.com/116636524501670548037 please come and say hi over there.
Or at least based on the data over the past 7 days at they are.
I'm looking forward to monitoring the trends over time and love the fact you can see where in the world the discussions are taking place.
One thing I thought of particular interest is the sentiment for google authorship being more negative than the other two topics, which is not surprising when so few people understand it, at least in the way that guys like and understand it.
Love these charts
If you are wondering why a GPS community is worth $1.3 billion this image might help you out there. Another major opportunity for mobile/tablet advertisers smart enough to offer visitors in transit.
I'll be leaving my old content behind and starting a new life under a new profile.
Here's a post from the new profile, which will update on June 13th at 11.36 apparently so then if you circle me you will see the new account details and not the old stuff.
Must be some sort of cooling off period, in case I change my mind...
Anyway, here is the link to the story.
Sadly my own dad died in 1990, so I can't celebrate with him, but to all you dads out there (and grandads too) hope that today is a happy fathers day for you.
Never understood why this day is not on the same day around the world. It's Fathers Day here in the UK today at least.
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This looks very promising, useful for those administrators of brand pages. Get insights finally on the interaction on your content.
Time to up your game on the content front. Make sure it is +1able shareable, and commentable.
Today millions of businesses use Google+ to connect with their customers in meaningful ways. Many of these businesses also use AdWords to promote their products; Maps to update store info; and YouTube to publish high-quality video content (to name a few). We want to make it easier to manage your online presence - all across Google - so today we're getting started with Google+ Dashboard. After signing in to your Google+ page, you'll now have access to the following Dashboard features:
1) The ability to update your info (like website URLs, store hours and phone numbers) across Maps, Search and Google+ - all from the Overview tab.
2) One place to monitor your Google+ notifications, assign page managers, share photos and videos - even start a Hangout with followers.
Local businesses will also enjoy:
3) At-a-glance access to their AdWords Express and Offers campaigns.
4) Insights that include top searches for their business, top locations requesting driving directions, and performance data for their Google+ posts.
To start using Google+ Dashboard, simply sign in to Google+ as your page, then click the "Dashboard" icon in the navigation menu. We've got lots more useful tools to add from all across Google, so stay tuned for more updates!
If you are interested in your stats then be sure to check out and also they both give you great stats.
If you are interested in building an online presence I'd focus on the content, the stats will sort themselves out. You only need to see as a role model for that sort of behaviour to see the impact. I am sure he can tell you his important stats, he doesn't need to get them from
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