diberry - 3:17 pm on Jun 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I can't answer your question about a dead Google+ profile, but this:
Authorship seems to have a limited use SINCE IT IS BASED ON ONE PERSON, A NAME, instead of also including organizations/businesses. It's rather bizarre how "personal" it is.
Is why I just won't go with Google +. On Facebook, I can set up a page for my business. I can connect it to my personal FB page or not. I can link content to the business' page or my own as I see fit (I always go with the business, myself). And it's a great way for people to keep up with new content.
Google+ lacks a clear way to interact put forward a BUSINESS, or label content as belonging to a BUSINESS. Putting individuals forward can also look like an ego trip. Smiling headshots actually tend to make me doubt someone knows what they're talking about because IME, people who put themselves forward like that are usually all PR and no substance.
I get the value of being able to find a headshot of someone whose qualifications I've already discovered - it makes them seem more real and human. But if a photo is the first thing I find on them, it makes me wonder.