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 10:47 pm on Dec 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

Never mind the world; let's start with letting me know. Can someone point me to an explanation?

Today's e-mail:

Let the world know who you are.

We've now enabled social features for your Google Places for Business account "Example" so you can connect with customers on Google+ and make a name for your business online.

Yes, example.org does have a Google Places account. But Google Plus? Nuh-uh. The e-mail includes a link,* which I am afraid even to click, for fear it will create a g+ profile where none existed before.

:: detour instead to personal g+ page, which includes a link to example.org ::

New signin dropdown: Me, then example.org, then "all your google+ pages" -- which, sure enough, lists a page that I never created.

Color me disgruntled. Did these emails go out to everyone all at once, or are they working downward? (In which case everyone else already knows about this, because it is mathematically impossible for a site to be smaller than example.org.)

* http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/p/ ... and then it spews out a whole lot of numbers. There must be some proxying involved, because the form of the 404 screen changes according to how much you truncate. It's never the ordinary google 404 that we all know and love.



 12:46 am on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the connected world, ala mega-corps with few if any boundaries.

As the computer in "War Games" said: the (paraphrased) "The only option is not to play, how about a game of chess?"


 4:47 am on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

They've been merging Places accounts into G+ for quite some time now. This has not been an overnight move. I pre-empted some of this by making a verified G+ Page for the company in the Places listing.


 6:27 am on Dec 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

They've been merging Places accounts into G+ for quite some time now.

... lending weight to my hunch that they started big and are moving downward ;)


 4:40 am on Dec 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

They're having trouble promoting G+ and are doing whatever they can to drive "activity". Much like Activision is getting its players to create fake accounts atm to push its numbers up so they don't look like they are declining.

In the end, you can either use this as a tool for your business or like the man said... don't play this particular game.

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