Google+ Pages Are Now A Thing

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Google introduces Google+ Pages

Google has just introduced Google+ Pages. Cue the fireworks!

Up until now, you could only create a personal profile on Google+, but Pages--similar to Facebook pages--lets businesses get in on the fun, with features and functionality tailored to promotion.

And that's great news for publishing houses, literary agents, and writers.  

A few weeks ago I wrote about how to use Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to build your writing brand. I recommended creating a personal Google+ profile, and you should still do that if you're writing, but if you have a book to sell, or you're about to be published, you should set up a Pages profile. Like, right now. Google+ Pages provides a much more amenable environment for whoring promoting yourself.

Pages lets people support you with that funky little +1 button and add you to circles so you stay on their radar screens. Plus, Google+ makes it dead simple to set up video chat sessions, so if you want to host a little discussion about your work (or Proust, or unicorns, or whatever), then this is the place to do it. 

Do you want to see what Google+ Pages look like? Go check out The Muppets page for an example. 

I'm still playing around with the features, so I'm not going to tell you that this is the brave new world of social networking, but it looks cool, and every little bit counts. Right off the bat, I found that you can create profile pages for 'books' and 'fictional characters' (!!), though I couldn't find the option for 'authors.' Doesn't mean it's not there, I just may have missed it. 

You can create your very own Google+ Page at this link

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs November 9, 2011 - 9:25pm

It looks exactly the same as a Google+ profile except it's not for a person? Is there actually a benefit to getting "pages" profile if you already have a personal profile to promote yourself as an author? I'm assuming there isn't. But there may be a benefit to getting a "pages" profile for a specific book.