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Google Plus Pages: 5 things you should know before you register

Google Plus Pages: 5 things you should know before you register

Google+ Pages for businesses were launched yesterday but there are a few teething problems

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After several months of anticipation, Google finally announced Google+ Pages for local businesses, groups, sports, brands, organisations and more. Just a few weeks ago Google granted its Apps customers access to the social network, slowly growing its user base.

After yesterday's announcement, users flocked to create a Google+ Page for their business, but many were disappointed with what they saw. Google+ Pages bear a significant resemblance to personal Google+ pages - in fact, there are very few differences and few features that users expected to see.


Here's a rundown of what you and your business should know about Google+ Pages, and how to remedy problems you may have already encountered.

1. Claim your organisation's Google+ Page ASAP

When Google opened the flood gates to businesses and organisations yesterday, there was a rush to lay claim to brand names. One flaw in the sign-up page for Google+ Pages was the lack of verification required to set up an account.

When you start the process of creating a page for a product or brand, for example, you only need to enter what you want the page to be called, the website you want to associate with the page, the category and who will be able to see your page.

If your business is actively involved in social media or you think it may want a Google+ Page in the future, it's a good idea to claim your business's name to prevent squatters from holding on to it.

2. Log out of your personal Gmail account before creating a Google+ Page

One mistake Google+ users made yesterday was following the link to create a Google+ Page for their business while still logged into a personal Google account. As a result, the brand pages were automatically linked to their personal Google+ account, which means they have to toggle between their own and the company's, depending on what they want to post.

For some people - like those who don't want the company account linked to their own - this is problematic. It appears the only way to fix it is to delete the account, then reregister it under a new Google account that you create specifically for the brand.

For others, though, this could be useful, especially if the person registering the company account is the one who will be posting to it.

3. Be careful when switching between linked accounts

If you were someone who, either accidentally or purposely, linked a Google+ Page to your own personal account, always be aware of which account you're posting to.

Several weeks ago, a Google employee made headlines when he accidentally posted a rant about Google+ publicly, instead of to his Circles It is always important to be aware of what you're posting and to whom; this latest example is an especially timely reminder now that Google+ Pages have launched.

When you switch between accounts, Google+ does show you a banner notification at the top that reads, You are now using Google+ as this page. Your posts, comments, and notifications will be from this page. And while you do need to click "Ok" to make it disappear, it can be easy to miss.

4. You can't add additional administrators...yet

One feature that's clearly missing in the launch of Google+ Pages is the ability to add multiple administrators to a company's account. As it stands, only one person can access and post to the Google+ Page through the Google account that created it.

While this certainly isn't ideal, there is an easy workaround. For example, businesses can disseminate the account's username and password to those who require access to it, such as the marketing department or customer service representatives. Clunky, but it works for now.

Allowing multiple administrators access to a Google+ Page seems like it should have been a feature rolled out in its first iteration of Pages. Hopefully, though, Google will include this feature in its next update.

5. Google+ Pages do not allow contests or promotions

Google's "Terms and Conditions" page says that Google+ Pages are not allowed to run contests, sweepstakes, offers, coupons or other promotions directly on the Google+ Page. Instead, Pages can display a link to a separate site where the promotion is hosted, as long as you are in compliance with a number of terms.

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  • Collin Davis Hi KristinMy google plus page has a very unique problem Our google plus page was creating using one of our employees gmail id and he was admin of the page I was assigned manager of that pageHowever when the employee left the organization his gmail id was deleted Now I continue to be manager of that page but because the admin has been deleted I have also lost my editing rightsThe said page is still in existence Is there anything that can be done via which I could retain the admin details of the pageAny help would be greatly appreciated
  • lester thanks for sharing it with us keep posting
  • Junkasb You dont need an invitation son
  • Sell Blackberry Storm 2 Hi everyone Im really excited to try Google plus I want an invitation for Google plus please
  • Joe Google Pages was the lack of verification Isnt that same problem with facebook pages
  • Zombiesgirl On your left under your name you can switch over to your pages A drop down appears when your mouse is in the area Took me quite a while to figure that out
  • Coolpatj I made a google page but now I cant edit it even though I I am the administrator How do I do this
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