• http://socialfresh.com Jason Keath

    Mashable is still up.

  • http://techstationbg.com debilz

    Yep, SEL, your info is wrong – Mashable is up and running atm :)

  • http://www.alterfalter.de Alter Falter!

    Mashable was down, is up again.

  • http://kercommunications.com K.C.

    Hmm. Maybe the “official” business version of Google+ is coming soon?

  • http://chrisrindone.com/ Chris Rindone

    Um, Mashable is still up, still posting.

  • http://linkedin.com/in/glennsoutham Glenn Southam

    There are 40,000 people in Pete Cashmore’s circles though so the important Mashable messages will still be communicated. Google(+) can’t go down the route of ‘blocking’ influential individuals and I suspect they won’t. They’ll be a plan to introduce businesses in the future but it will be by their rules…

  • Matt McGee

    Chris – Mashable isn’t STILL up. They were gone. Now they’re back for reasons unknown. No word from Google on any of this yet.

  • Matt McGee

    And now I’ve updated the story with more about the business profiles and Mashable’s situation.

  • http://imsickof.com/ TRISI

    That’s a pretty good deal for Pete Cashmore then, he gets an instant 105,000+ followers on his personal account.

  • new_haven

    Google: “Hey guys, don’t create non-human entities.”
    Search Engine Land: “Eh, let’s do it anyway.”

    TWO WEEKS LATER

    Search Engine Land: “Google punished us for breaking the rules? Let’s bitch about it.”

  • http://borasky-research.net/smart-at-znmeb znmeb

    That’s interesting! I don’t remember where I saw it, but supposedly Google had *invited* Ford to put a profile page up!

  • http://adrenalinfeed.com adrenalinfeed.com

    It´s so sad Google didn´t have a strategy for this before starting the G+ project. Our account is still working, but we´re the only ones seeing it atm. Our Google Buzz (which previously worked fine) is gone too. Why did they suddenly decide to penalize their most engaged users? I agree, it´s crazy. We have put a lot of work into this thing as well. Hopefully they will reconcider the whole thing quite fast. A lot of people are depending on Google. I just can´t see why they are treating us like this.

  • http://www.escherman.com andismit

    Nothing to do with Ford spending possibly upwards of $30K per day on Google PPC? Or am I just being cynical?

  • http://seofuel Hitesh

    This is going to be very difficult for Google to police long term, they will need to offer businesses a way in soon.

  • http://hauntingthunder.wordpress.com/ Maurice Walshe

    oh dear poor google they don’t get out much in the real world do they I was at an interesting meetup between Policy wonks and Gamers last night.

    We had some interesting discussions about online identity – and how this plays out both for real people and also for brands / nonhuman/ anonymous identities – a strict reading of this means you would miss out this gem from @Queen_UK “Mr Jobs, there is no such thing as ‘American English’. There is English and there are mistakes!”.

    So presumably they will be banning anonymous protesters in say Syria from using google+

    Are theer actually any grownups who think about things at google at all

  • http://freefrombroke.com/ FFB

    Yup, I discovered that I lost my account on Google+. I couldn’t +1 articles, then went to my profile and saw it was suspended. I changed my profile name to my author name and resubmitted the profile and now I’m waiting to hear back.

  • http://www.siliconbeachtraining.co.uk/ S.B.

    Mashable is still there just renamed Pete Cashmore who now has two accounts – the mashable account remains the same with 108166 followers only the name has changed! Ford is still there

    Lisa Barone of outspoken media puts it quite well in her article:

    http://outspokenmedia.com/seo/google-favorites/

  • http://about.me/douglascrets# Douglas Crets

    Seems like some of these brands mentioned in the article were doing this because they have to keep “first-mover” branding in any social space. They live and die by that access to new content and to users. it validates their ROI methodology and their continual operation. Personally, I see nothing wrong with waiting until the business use case is established, no need for me to be the first mover.

  • http://www.searchengineisrael.com S.E.I.

    Google is clearly picking companies that are positioning for marketing instead of interacting because they have something to say. It makes sens and connects with the idea behind the unveiling of Google Plus to begin with. I still see search engine land and Search Engine Round Table and not to mention my own Search Engine Israel up.

    As I said there is a difference between industry blogs and those websites jockeying for marketing position.

  • http://www.chatmeter.com C.M.

    The fact that these accounts were removed is not a surprise. The reason some lasted longer than others is a mystery that Google probably will not reveal. What it comes down to, is they ask for businesses to not crate Google+ accounts for the time being, so no one should be surprised by the suspension of accounts. What they should be surprised at is that Google seems a little set back by the number of businesses wanting to join. I think the real mystery is why Google did not have business pages ready at the same time as personal pages. I know that Google+ is not technically open to the masses, but when users can invite as many people as they want it will only seven invites to invite the whole world. So what is really going on behind the scenes at Google?