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JohnW
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thorn, post: 210130 wrote:
Google+ is alive and well, it is owned by Google, the largest internet company in the world. Because a lot of Australian businesses are unaware of it and don;t understand how it works, some commentators like to put about that it is somehow ‘in extremis’ – it is not…

Australian business would be well advised to take G+ very seriously…

…do you think Google is bothered whether we ‘like Google plus’ or not?
Hi Thorn,
I don’t think anyone here expects G to take any notice of this discussion.

I certainly recommend that businesses claim their Google+ (Local/Maps/Local Business Center/Places/My business/etc.) listing and ensure it is accurate.

I’m so POed because the biggest Internet company in the world has not been able to get its business directory accurate since 2004.

You might like to read this:

A Brief History of Google Places

It covers 2004 – 2012. Check out the red “News Items” column for some of the spam reports.

There are whole business categories that G has had to delete world-wide then reinstate and maybe delete again for their wide-spread misuse/abuse. I can name:

locksmiths
advertising agencies
web designers/developers
SEO consultants

(FS discussed these missing Places categories on 24 Jun 11 and 23 May 11)

If you are referring to G+ as a social media platform, that is an entirely different topic. It is useful to communicate with certain demographics.
Regs,
JohnW