I don’t know if many of you have jumped on the Google+ social media bandwagon yet; I have, because as a blogger, I’m always on the look-out for the newest craze. Honestly, it’s nothing special. It was supposed to be the next big *thing* and compete with existing networks like Facebook and Twitter. It doesn’t even come close.
Google recently updated their Buttons Policy and as a result, it is no longer possible to use Google+ as a giveaway entry option:
|“Publishers may not direct users to click a Google+ Button for purposes of misleading users. Publishers may not promote prizes, monies, or monetary equivalents in exchange for Google+ Button clicks.”|
When I first read this, it was my understanding that this new policy doesn’t really apply to me because in my giveaways I ask my followers to add Rabid Reads to one of their Google+ circles. However, apparently “clicking” on the “add to circles” button falls under this rule because it’s a button and this is the Google+ Buttons Policy after all.
How will this impact you as a follower? Not at all. I recently started including Google+ in my giveaways but going forward I will make sure to exclude this network as an entry option.
To the best of my knowledge, no one actually finds my blog via Google+. It’s just another network where I post daily links to my blog. If anything, this is going to hurt Google more than anyone. Their social media network is already sub-par so why not make it even less interesting by forbidding users from using it in giveaways. Good call.
Anyway, I just wanted to warn my fellow bloggers who have also jumped on the Google+ bandwagon and who use it as an entry option in their giveaways that there’s now a policy in place against it.
What are your thoughts on Google+? Aye or Nay?
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I review Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books with a focus all things werewolf. Based out of Ottawa, Canada