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The Google+ Business Page Backlash
Yesterday Google finally let businesses play on Google+. Today came the inevitable backlash. After announcing brand pages, a bunch of companies, including a host of news organizations, wasted no time in creating profiles. Yet, as businesses clamor to join the social network, some of them aren't convinced that these business pages are all that great. Given that Google is directly competing with Facebook, users have noted three downsides to the new brand pages.
One man show? As Google+ power user Robert Scoble pointed out, it's difficult for multiple people to manage the account. Technically, only one person can "own" or "post to" an account, making it difficult to split up posting duties.
No promotions allowed. Beyond the admin issues, Google mind-boggingly banned promotions or contests from G+ brand pages. Facebook restricts this type of thing, but not so much as Google+, says The Next Web's Nancy Messieh: "This move seems odd, as it could easily send any promotional traffic straight to a Facebook page when brands find that they are unable to host the promotions on Google+ itself," she writes.