Google+ Launches Branded Pages for Local Business

Google+ is Google’s social networking service. Users are able to customize their own unique page and interact with other Google+ users. The primary advantage of Google+ over other social networking sites is that Google+ is fully integrated with all of Google’s myriad services feature that neither Facebook nor MySpace can claim to have. Login Here:

One of the other interesting features of Google+ is the advent of circles, which enables users to organize contacts into convenient visual representations that are easy to share across Google’s wide array of products and services. Other cool features include: hangouts, where users can launch a video chat with up to 10 people, a +1 button, which is similar to Facebook’s button, messenger, which allows users to communicate within their designated circles, and œinstant upload, which stores photos and videos in a private album.

Just like Facebook, Google+ now officially has brand pages, which will allow for businesses and brands to use the service and reach out to their customer base.

Says Google’s Senior Vice President of Social Business Vic Gundotra in a recent blog post: So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. He adds: But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about from local businesses to global brands so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.

The brand pages look virtually identical to users profiles, except for one distinguishing difference: brand pages feature a little square icon so as to differentiate them from profiles. In the same way that Facebook operates, when users add a brand to their social circles, the brand’s number of followers increases. Some brands that are currently being added are Fox News, the game Angry Birds, and Fox News.

The full list of Google’s launch partners is as follows: Fox News, the Dallas Cowboys, Pepsi, Toyota, WWE, Macy’s, CNN, the Muppets, Angry Birds, X Games, Train, Barcelona Football Club and Save the Children.

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