Google Plus will hit the one month mark on Thursday, July 28, 2011. Throughout the first month, the new social network has hit some bumps in the road. One such bump was Google’s decision to delete a number of Google Plus accounts. This decision was based on the G+ policy that account profiles on the new network must be real.
Google believes that allowing people to set up accounts with fake names creates a spam breeding ground. While seemingly admirable, the policy that Google instilled has a few major flaws -- one of those flaws being that it’s hard for anyone to tell (let alone Google) whether or not someone’s name is false.
Google Makes a Big Mistake
Sticking to the company’s policy guns, Google deleted a number of accounts last week. Many of these accounts were, in fact, false. Unfortunately for the search giant, some of the deleted accounts belonged to real people. Google was quick to restore these accounts, but the damage had already been done.
In addition to deleting false accounts, Google took down some company profiles. Again, Google quickly reinstated select company profiles, but those companies now have a clear “test” button located beneath the respective company names. Google is, in fact, testing out business profiles, and attempting to find ways to make using the G+ service easier for businesses of all types.
Rumors Put to Rest
There are some rumors circulating that anyone whose false account has been suspended will also be locked out of other Google sites. The sites mentioned included Google Mail, Google documents, and, of course, Google Plus. However, these rumors are completely false according to a publically released Google statement.
Google also reminded Plus users that the network is still in its beta stage. As Google attempts to grapple with false accounts, spam, and ways to make the social network better for businesses, it can be expected that more mishaps will occur. For now, those people who have had accounts deleted can expect Google to restore all real accounts quickly.
Google has made attempts into the social networking arena before. These attempts were so awful that they’ve been largely forgotten. After peeking its head into the social networking world a few times, Google sat back and paid attention to what was happening with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Combining all of these networks together, Google Plus was born.
Now in almost its first month of service, Google Plus has grown by leaps and bounds. Facebook has become quiet as people migrate towards the new Google system. Twitter still remains on top of the social networking heap, but Twitter has always had a different vibe. It takes some getting used to Google Plus, and learning how Plus circles work is somewhat confusing.
But, when met with certain Google Plus frustration (including account deletion), one must remember that this platform is still the new kid on the block, and as a new kid, Google Plus will falter now and then, though the final outcome of the new platform holds a great deal of promise.