Google Launches Google+ Pages Worldwide

Google Launches Google+ Pages Worldwide

In a blog post today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that Google+ Pages is now available worldwide. In a nutshell, Pages allows you to connect with things and entities, such as sports teams, favorite products, local businesses, and so on--as opposed to only other people, which is what G+ has offered thus far.

The addition of Pages is more than just a little feature tweak for the young social network; this is a huge deal, and it could help G+ gain some meaningful ground on the competition. In addition to the traffic boost G+ will no doubt enjoy today from press coverage such as this post you’re reading now, allowing businesses and brands to create a space on the social network will enable them to better interact with and draw in customers and fans. By proxy, Google+ itself will draw in a great deal of traffic, too.

Facebook already offers some of these capabilities, and the aforementioned entities are taking full advantage of it. However, G+ offers some features that Facebook does not. Specifically, in addition to being able to add a business or brand to your circles, +1 your favorites, and take advantage of “Google+ only deals”, customers/fans and businesses/brands can set up Hang Outs and interact live.



This is especially powerful for smaller, local businesses that can leverage G+ to actively form bonds and create a community with current and potential customers.

Currently, the Google+ Pages “Create a page” site asks you to choose from one of the following categories: Local Business or Place; Product or Brand; Company, Institution, or Organization; Arts, Entertainment, or Sports; or Other.

G+ Pages will turn up in Google search results, in two ways: one, Pages will show up in results as you might expect them to, as the second or third hit, behind a company’s actual website. However, Google is rolling out a new feature called Direct Connect that lets you enter “+” and [name of entity] in a Google search bar to go directly to that entity’s Pages site.


The astute conspiracy theorist will note that the latter feature is designed to effectively circumvent a business or brand’s actual website and send that traffic directly to Google+. However, it is a nice way to quickly find something you’re looking for if that something’s Web presence isn’t big enough to rise to the top of the search results.
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"I'm not going to make a negative statement or bash G- , I mean G+, but the reality is that I just don't find any exciting about it? Everyone is on Facebook, all the teams I like are there, all the companies, Cable networks, car makers, everyone is there, plus , pun intended, all my friends and family. What is there to Google +, every one that has used it , went running back to FB."

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" every one that has used it , went running back to FB."

I'd have to agree with that statement. I had about 20 friends/family try it out but left quickly. Only one real life friend has stayed and that's only because she lets her 4yr old play the games there. Same with me, I went back to try out the Creative Kit photo editing tool and I let me daughter play a couple of the games. Other than that there isn't any 'connecting' going on.

However, now that G+ Pages are opening up that might entice more people to sign up or go back. I'm really hoping so. I'd like to leave FB bust there's just too much to do there everyday, including, networking my own hobby business and keeping up to date with other businesses. It would be nice to see more of them switch over so someday I have no reason to be on FB. But that will take a LOOOONNNG time lol

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wow there are too much about Google plus  and u allow to open worldside is that safe?  I see dont get it sorry

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Ya, google+ was all hyped up and stuff, then when it does come its just not what the hype as all about.

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I actually like G+ a hell of a lot more than FB the problem with it is that everyone is not there. It is much more transparent about who you are sharing what with. Hence why FB basically adopted their circles...

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The best part is that it can now become a threat to facebook as facebook earns most of its revenue from brands and if brands and companies switch to google+, then facebook is going to go down

See google also integrated search for Google+ pages to its core search hence a strategic win for people can easily follow brands and connect via search

http://thetechnologycafe.com/watch-out-facebook-pagesgoogle-pages-arrive-for-brands-companiesintegrates-them-into-search-video-and-pictures/

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Wheatley:
"I'm not going to make a negative statement or bash G- , I mean G+, but the reality is that I just don't find any exciting about it? Everyone is on Facebook, all the teams I like are there, all the companies, Cable networks, car makers, everyone is there, plus , pun intended, all my friends and family. What is there to Google +, every one that has used it , went running back to FB."

That was technically a bash but whatever... What there is to Google+ is the connections aspect which allows you to connect to people or friends; I haven't used it but I don't think it's trying to be Facebook. I mean who cares if you can't like those companies, I want to connect to friends...

But don't let me get in the way, keep on "liking" those companies and keep on "friending" those friends you scandidly clad Facebook user.

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the Google+ hangout  = a way to play pen & paper role playing games with your friends who happen to be in geographically disperse locations. D&D anyone?

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Google plus is way cleaner than fb. The mobile app for g plus is so much better than facebooks too. People don't use google plus because they don't feel like keeping up another social network. I like it because I don't have a bunch of old people on g plus making things akward.

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