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Last Updated: November 8th, 2011

Earlier today, Google announced Google+ pages for businesses and other entities. Naturally, we rushed over to G+ to snag our piece of the pages pie, and we'd like to invite each and every one of you to circle the new Android Police Google+ Page!

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We will continue to update the +Art Russ account for the time being, but go ahead and circle/share the new one so we can spread the word. While you're at it, don't forget to +1 the page as well!

We're hoping that there will be an option to migrate all data (including followers) from the Art Russ account to the new AP Page, but that's probably unlikely. This new transition also brings a few questions/feature requests into play, like will multiple team members be able to post to a single page without logging out from their personal accounts like Facebook pages? At the current moment, all core team members share a single login for the +Art Russ account, so the ability to add/edit posts on the Android Police page from our personal accounts would make things quite a bit easier.

Secondly, will we get a vanity URL? Google used to offer with profiles before G+ existed, so I expect that they will eventually bring this back, because, you know, http://plus.google.com/AndroidPolice is a heck of a lot easier to remember than https://plus.google.com/103876278794381402383.

Now, get to circlin'!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • schlotzky

    Does it take over your current personal page if you create a page with your personal account? It changes the name at the top right so I wouldn't want to lose my personal account, looks like I might have to create another google account to maintain pages?

    • jake

      No, it doesn't take over. It has a dropdown so you can pick which account you want to use.

      • Brian

        I was wondering that as well. Works like my FB fan page then.

        • Lorenzo in a Benzo

          Got a pretty large fan base do ya?

  • andreas

    ok plus.google.com/103876278794381402383 its then. they should make better urls than this

    • jake

      Yeah, they should. Vanity urls are hopefully coming.

  • zadoc

    I have been waiting since day one to make a business page on Google+. It doesn't seem that hard. I can't imagine what took them so long, but I sure am glad it's here.

    POLL: Google+ launches business pages. Are you interested?
    Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/4794012

  • Slipgate

    From my understanding of the violation email I got, you won't have your profile for long as the terms of service do not allow commercial representation, groups, or nick names. You have to have a real name of a real person on there. I had a nickname on there and I got suspended for not having my "real name" on there. I'd like to know how they know what my real name isn't.

    • Cameron Summerson

      That's why Google created Pages for G+, which is exactly what this is.

      • Slipgate

        "That's why" being for having/not having nicknames or for groups? Because as per their naming procedures it says "Your profile and name must represent one individual." and below that "Google+ does not support profiles for couples or groups of people. Additionally, you cannot create a profile for a non-person entity such as a pet or business."
        In looking thoroughly at your post it makes me wonder if you're saying there is something called "Pages" other than "having a page". I've never seen that if that is the case.

        Edit: I guess I'm seeing this "Page" feature mentioned, but I just can't look at it in detail since I can't try to set one up since my account is banned.

        • Cameron Summerson

          Seriously, man? Read the post. There is a link in the very first sentence to the blog post where Google announced pages for G+.

          http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/google-pages-connect-with-all-things.html

        • Slipgate

          Seriously, man? Your website is bottom rung of the bottom rung of news sites I RARELY go to. On top of that, you posted your "read the post" comment after my edit to my original comment.

          Also, I can't go to your damn link because I'm at work and I can't go to Google+ for any info because all it says is account banned leading me to my account profile or their help section.

        • Cameron Summerson

          Dude, that link is clearly to the Google Blog, not G+.

      • Slipgate

        Also, can you make a page without having a profile? If so, how?

  • taylordd

    @Slipgate my madmeter is going crazy!

    • Slipgate

      Wait until you realize that you're getting angry over stupid crap.