Google shuts down TV station’s Google+ account

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Missouri TV station KOMU adopted the new Google+ social network early and experimented with using its group video chats (called “Hangouts”) during newscasts. But Google deactivated the account, saying it’s not yet ready for businesses to join the network. A pilot program for business profiles is in the planning stages; one report says business profiles may be open within two months. KOMU New Media Director Jen Reeves and others complain that Google is enforcing its business profile ban unevenly, sometimes leaving one competitor up while taking another down. || Related: News organizations with unofficial profiles can download and back-up their data in case Google deletes them. || Also: What Google+ means for news and what’s missing.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/maura.marie Maura Youngman

    Huh. I wonder if some bored Googler intern just spends all day shutting these down.

    I’ve seen a few smart ways around this — some news orgs with “branded” individuals behind them are using their + accts to put their news out. Pete Cashmore, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    Stupid move on Google’s part. KOMU’s Sarah Hill was just featured on Mashable in an article about innovative ways reporters are using Google+ http://mashable.com/2011/07/17/journalists-using-google-plus/

  • Anonymous

    Stupid move on Google’s part. KOMU’s Sarah Hill was just featured on Mashable as part of a story about innovative ways journalists are using Google+ http://mashable.com/2011/07/17/journalists-using-google-plus/