Android Gets Its Own Google+ Page

In their attempts to be more social, the Android team has been joining up on social networks left and right. We found it quite odd that they made a Twitter account before making a Google+ account, but now they’re up and ready to go on Google’s very own social network. You can add them to your circles and comment on everything they talk about. Any Android enthusiast shouldn’t even hesitate to invite the little green robot into their crowded social circle. Head to the link and see for yourself. [Android on Google+ via Vic Gundotra]

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  • ivorycruncher

    So let me get this straight.  Google REQUIRES a real name on all Google+ accounts, except when they feel like making an exception for one of their own teams?  If there can be an Android account, how come there can’t be a Phandroid account, or a BGR account, or any other account with a non-user-specific name?  DOUBLE STANDARD FAIL!!!   >:(

    • revangunrod

      It’s a “pages” page which they’ve recently created/allowed. They have them for businesses and stuff. I thought I saw an article on here about it, but I can’t find it. Instead, here’s an engaget article on it:
      http://www.engadget.com/2011/11/07/google-launches-pages-for-businesses-and-brands/

      • ivorycruncher

        Ahh, now that you mention it, I do recall reading that Google was introducing business support soon, but apparently I missed the article on it going live.  The thing is, I thought that they would have some sort of verification process (though likely as vague as the individual’s name verification) to prove that your business name is legitimate.  Now it sounds like you can create any old “page” with any name you want, and there’s no functional difference between that and a normal account.  What’s to stop everyone from creating a page with their preferred user handle, and use that from now on?  Needless to say, this is only getting messier as time goes on.

        • Scott Tompkins

          So first you’re pissed because you think Google is giving themselves preferential treatment in their OWN PRODUCT, and now you’re pissed because they don’t have  an iron-clad business name verification process, both of which so far have been based on your own un-researched hypotheses… yeah, I hear ya bro, hell in a hand-basket.

          • ivorycruncher

            Since I had not yet seen the announcement for Google+ Pages that JUST came out this afternoon, then yeah, it certainly looked to me like special treatment, hence double standard.  And now, you can go create a page with any name you want (there is an Other category on the creation page), so you could effectively create a page with your desired screen name, effectively creating a loophole around the real name requirement, which I see as yet another double standard.  I have yet to see any mechanism by which they’re restricting page names, especially when they provide an Other category.

            So, you apparently can now create a Google+ account with only your real name, but then can make a page with any name you want, and post to that instead.  Remind me again why we can’t just create accounts with the desired name to begin with?

          • Scott Tompkins

            I guess I just don’t care that much. When someone gives me something for free I say thanks, not complain that they should be giving me more… and honestly don’t care much for people who feel the need to hide behind an imaginary online persona.

        • andros69

          The new Pages are for brands, products, groups, and anything else you want it to be for. As far as I know, they don’t limit the use to commercial stuff. Since any of these can be non-corporations, I presume there is no initial verification, though I’m sure there will be some form of arbitration in the case of anyone squatting on a business name or product.

          you can see how they categorize the Pages here:
          https://plus.google.com/pages/create

    • Matthew Merrick

      Uh, wha? There are company/organization pages on google+ 

      see https://plus.google.com/118177253929143457733/posts

  • http://AfterCredits.com Chris R.

    Yay!  I can finally create a page for my website.  Now we just need the personalized addresses and I’ll be happy!

  • timoteoandre

    So cute lololol
    Im following, lets see google+ AND android growing more and more.