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Google Plus hates brands, mostly Techcrunch
Google started banning people who had made brand accounts on Google Plus today because it said that it was for people only right now and only a few brands were being allowed on.
Well, Techcrunch was one of the sites whose brand account was removed, but they quickly discovered that other companies like Mashable were simply putting the brand account in a persons name so they did the same thing with Techathew Cruncherin “their newest employee.” Google Plus didn’t like this.
This new account was up for a few hours but then Google Plus took a dislike and removed the account after Techcrunch posted this on its blog:
Earlier today, Google started banning brandswho had signed up for Google+ profiles when they weren’t supposed to. Some were outraged by this, but the truth is that Google has said from the beginning that Google+ was meant for real people only for now, and that brand/company support would be coming. This is why TechCrunch hasn’t set up a Google+ account. Google asked us to wait. So, we waited.
Like total schmucks.
Turns out, Google is actually just fine with letting those brands/companies keep the accounts they set up, as long as a person is assigned to the account. Or something. Further, they’re now re-thinking the whole brand thing in general.
In other words, they totally screwed us over. We sat around like idiots twiddling our thumbs while our competitors set up Google+ accounts for their news feeds. And in some cases, they gained tens of thousands — or hundreds of thousands of followers. As I’ve explained before, Google+ is already a meaningful driver of traffic to sites that utilize it. And the service continues to grow, seemingly by the millions, each day.
We’d be the first to admit that without Twitter’s SUL (suggested user list), we wouldn’t get nearly the traffic that we do from Twitter. And actually, when we were removed from the SUL (post-Twittergate), our numbers took a hit. Essentially, Google has just left us off their own SUL for Google+ by telling us we couldn’t make an account, while giving our competitors tons of traffic and followers, and then granting them amnesty for breaking the rules.
So here’s what we’re gonna do. Make an account!
As per Google’s very, very clear rules, someone has to run it, so we’ve hired someone! Meet Techathew Cruncherin, our newest employee. He’s shy, so you may not see him around much, but he lives here at TechCrunch headquarters. Under a desk. He’s an awesome guy. And he lives for Google+. Loves it. Shares the shit out of our TechCrunch posts. It’s awesome.
So, do us (and yourselves) a favor and follow Techathew. He’ll regularly send out our best posts for you to read, comment, and enjoy.
We left the links in.
Techcrunch has since updated the blog post with this:
Update: Google just took a bat to the knees of Techathew.
So either Google really doesn’t like brands, or really doesn’t like Techcrunch.