Facebook threatened by Google+, social media power shifting

By Posted 19 Jul 2011, 14:48

How are you finding Google+ at the moment? While many of you will be very pleased with what Google+ has had to offer so far, the same cannot be said for Facebook as it has been confirmed that that a user has been banned from advertising Google+ on Facebook’s website.

For those of you who are unaware, many users are just getting introduced to Google+, the new social alternative website to Facebook and recent actions by a developer have definitely rubbed Facebook up the wrong way. The developer in question is Michael Lee Johnson as he recently decided to advertise his newly set up Google+ account using Facebook’s Ad system featured on the right-hand side of the website.

Just for your reference, the complete add listing can be seen below, courtesy of CNET.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso”

That portion of text was accompanied by the headline ‘Add Michael to Google+’, so it’s easy to see why Facebook were naturally not too happy with this, instantly removing all existance of it from their website. But rather than just give the developer a stern warning, Facebook has decided to stamp their authority on this, by terminating his account with Facebook, obviously stopping him from advertising on the website again.

Has Facebook taken things a step too far, as perhaps removing the violating Ad in question would be enough punishment, but removing his account completely seems a little bit drastic – do you agree? Naturally this news has spread around the internet like wildfire and it will be interesting to see the public backlash as a result of it and if Facebook may live to regret their decision to ban this user completely.

Going back to Google+ though, and considering that the website is still invite only, we can understand people’s efforts to try and get their profile out there to the public eye. Google’s determination to get off the ground with their Plus website definitely hasn’t gone unnoticed from our point of view, as I can speak on behalf of everyone at PR and say that we’re loving Google+ so far, although we’re hoping that more functionality is on the way to the site soon as it still feels like a male dominated sophisticated playground at the moment.

What are your impressions of Google+ so far? Do you believe the developer being banned is clear evidence that Facebook feels threatened by their new rival? We’ll bring you more news on this story as it develops.