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and, dear anonymous, you are entitled to your opinion, even if you don't wish to identify yourself.
Thanks Yasmin! Just read your post and it makes some excellent points.
There are some issues for pages on Google+, particularly when it comes to events, but it is important to begin brand presence there, as you note.
Classic shill, huh?
It'd be nice if Google would pay me for all the positive buzz I create about Google+. :)
Back in 2007, when I said Twitter is important for marketers, people said that about Twitter and called me all kinds of names, for which they've since apologized. In fact, many of those people are now power users of Twitter. But this is the first time my journalistic integrity has been questioned.
Early adopters are gaining traction in GooglePlus and it'll become clear to others in a coupe of years, just as it did with Twitter. Meanwhile, haters are going to hate.
Quite simply Barry Nelson, you're wrong.
Yes, Facebook is a great place to interact with friends and family. G+ is a great place to access and interact with people you don't already know, who can be great for your business.
But you need to use the tools that make you comfortable, and that doesn't need to include Google+