William Shatner Knocked Off of Google+ for Violating Terms

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William Shatner Knocked Off of Google+ for Violating Terms
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Though it seems to be up and running now, celebrity William Shatner had his Google+ profile removed temporarily. Apparently, he was “violating standards”.

It’s unclear what the problem was, but ast night, Shatner tweeted:

My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye? 8 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Google did say last week that it was shutting down brand pages ahead of its official release of them. The company is supposed to start letting some businesses launch such pages this week, but on an application-approval process basis only.

A few days ago, Shatner tweeted as he was trying to figure the new social network out:

@wilw This is me on G+ http://t.co/t6QYYaK I’ve added you to my circle. Now what do I do? My best, Bill 3 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Shatner has made no public posts to his Google+ profile, at least since it was back up. He has 1,108 people in Cirlces, and 1,224 more have him in their Circles.

Celebrity use has been huge for pushing Twitter’s momentum among the common folk. Remember when Oprah joined?

The whole Shatner thing could actually help Google+ gain some visibility in this regard. The man (obviously) has a lot of fans, and this incident has simply drawn attention to the face that he’s on. It also shows the public that celebrities are already embracing Google+ (he’s not the first), and will give them more reason to join too – for the same reason many joined Twitter.

So far, Google+ seems to be taking more time away from users’ Twitter use than their Facebook use, and given Twitter’s much lower user-count, and integration into various facets of every day life for many people (compared to Facebook), Twitter might feel the threat of this emerging social network quicker than Facebook.

During Google’s earnings call on Thursday, CEO Larry Page announced that Google+ had already surpassed 10 million users. I wonder what it’s up to now.

Hat tipd to Robin Wauters.

William Shatner Knocked Off of Google+ for Violating Terms
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  • http://demonesprit.wordpress.com Janet Aldrich (TEC4)

    Sorry, no interest at this point in Google+ … I like Twitter and really have no interest in starting all over again and learning a new system when the one I have works in a way I’m happy with.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I didn’t care about Facebook until everybody left MySpace for it.

      • http://www.SaltLakeCityOkay.com Adsense Publisher

        Very good point Chris, but at the same time what is Google really going to be offering that Facebook and twitter don’t already or couldn’t offer? That’s why people left Myspace for Facebook. Facebook offered more, it was better. I just don’t see Google showing up after all this time and their previous failures and having something more than what Facebook is doing, or can do.

        • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

          Just read an facebook-_n_899922.html#s300815&title=Hangouts_Video_Chat” rel=”nofollow”>article about what Google+ offers that Facebook doesn’t, as a matter of fact.

  • spookiewon

    In what way is Bill Shatner a “brand” if Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey and Leo LaPorte are not? Seriously, Google. Bill’s tweets at Twitter have always been his personal tweets, and he barely posted at Google+ before he was shut down. If well-known Star Trek actors are a “brand” why not shut down Wil Wheaton too?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      We don’t know that this is the reason, but if you think about it in terms of Facebook profiles/pages, celeb pages are treated like brand pages.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    This is why Google has such an uphill climb when it comes to providing a real social network. They still don’t get it.

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