Google to ramp up development of business version of Google+

Google has already announced that businesses will have to wait a little while longer to establish a Google+ page since the company is developing a version of its new social networking service specifically for companies and organizations. However it appears that there has been so much interest in Google+ from the corporate world that Google has decided to speed things up in terms of getting companies ready to use the service.

In a Google+ post late on Wednesday, Google+ team member Christian Oestlien stated that businesses who wish to take part in the Google+ testing have until Friday at 6 pm Pacific time to sign up at this web page. He added, "To the thousands upon thousands of businesses that applied to be a part: THANK YOU! We won't be able to accommodate everyone, but your interest has got us very focused on accelerating our development plans."

Oestlien added that he and other Google+ team members will then go over all of the companies that applied for the test period next week. He stated, "We will be communicating with these partners next week, and will let the world know who they are soon thereafter." While Google+ is still deleting profiles of most businesses from its current consumer service that's not true for everyone. As News.com points out, a few businesses such as Ford Motor Company still have their Google+ pages online and working. It's safe to say that those businesses will be included in Google's corporate testing of the Google+ service.

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fobban said,
Uhm, why is an url shortener used?

because the default link is incredibly retarded to tell a friend who wants to look at a profile you don't have indexed/public/searchable.. its not like /!#/<username>
its something people with 25 character passwords would have a hard time recalling.

Ruciz said,

because the default link is incredibly retarded to tell a friend who wants to look at a profile you don't have indexed/public/searchable.. its not like /!#/<username>
its something people with 25 character passwords would have a hard time recalling.

Google+ profile link looks like this:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/000000000000000000000/
..., where "000000000000000000000" is the very long profile id.

MS Lose32 said,
Is corporate social networking the new email?

I think of it as more like how can I put my companies presence (as a company, not a person on +) on google+. Especially since + has twitter like ability (to follow other people's public circle). I think most company treat as PR, very view manage social network as primary contact well.

etempest said,

I think of it as more like how can I put my companies presence (as a company, not a person on +) on google+. Especially since + has twitter like ability (to follow other people's public circle). I think most company treat as PR, very view manage social network as primary contact well.

And I see it more like, "Why would I want to offer all my companies internal and private information to Google and any Employee that wants to run a query on our data stored on their servers."

Until Google gets serious about obfiscating the stored data from their own eyes, using them for anything is playing with fire. Especially when big companies and politicians are blindly using Google GMail, GVoice, GDocs, Android, and now Google+ too.

How many more violations of 'Google Policy' will have to be made public, so that Google will fire the employees and people will start to realize how dangerious just even corresponding about basic business is. If you are looking to buy a large amount of product XYZ, and a Google Employee runs across it, there is nothing preventing them from seeing it, and buying stock or shorting the supply of XYZ. There is nothing stopping Google itself from following these trends and using them for financial gain in the same ways either.

thenetavenger said,

And I see it more like, "Why would I want to offer all my companies internal and private information to Google and any Employee that wants to run a query on our data stored on their servers."

Until Google gets serious about obfiscating the stored data from their own eyes, using them for anything is playing with fire. Especially when big companies and politicians are blindly using Google GMail, GVoice, GDocs, Android, and now Google+ too.

How many more violations of 'Google Policy' will have to be made public, so that Google will fire the employees and people will start to realize how dangerious just even corresponding about basic business is. If you are looking to buy a large amount of product XYZ, and a Google Employee runs across it, there is nothing preventing them from seeing it, and buying stock or shorting the supply of XYZ. There is nothing stopping Google itself from following these trends and using them for financial gain in the same ways either.

Very true. Of course NO other email provider or news agency would do that, or hack into cell phones or itrack you with them or anything...

G+ business should be looked at as an EXTENSION of your RETAIL side of things, way to hit a new consumer market or do specials for people who use that service. Due to the term 'social networking' I would be very hesitant to use it privately.

thenetavenger said,

And I see it more like, "Why would I want to offer all my companies internal and private information to Google and any Employee that wants to run a query on our data stored on their servers."

Until Google gets serious about obfiscating the stored data from their own eyes, using them for anything is playing with fire. Especially when big companies and politicians are blindly using Google GMail, GVoice, GDocs, Android, and now Google+ too.

How many more violations of 'Google Policy' will have to be made public, so that Google will fire the employees and people will start to realize how dangerious just even corresponding about basic business is. If you are looking to buy a large amount of product XYZ, and a Google Employee runs across it, there is nothing preventing them from seeing it, and buying stock or shorting the supply of XYZ. There is nothing stopping Google itself from following these trends and using them for financial gain in the same ways either.

I don't know how this post has much to do with the article really. No one is talking about docs, mail, or any other services offered by them. If it's a privacy concern then that's on the business to decide what they do and don't want to include on the Internet. Staying on topic, how much different do you imagine this will be than a Facebook business page, the other G services aside?