Google continues to develop its social network. The company has unveiled brand pages for Google+ that allow businesses and brands to join it. When Google+ was just launched brands rushed to create pages but Google asked firms to stop creating Google+ profiles for a while. It took several months for the tech giant to launch business pages.
“For businesses and brands, Google+ pages help you connect with the customers and fans who love you. Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face. All you need to do is start sharing, and you’ll soon find the super fans and loyal customers that want to say hello.” Google SVP of Social Vic Gundotra said in a blog post.
The brand pages look like regular user’s Google+ profiles, though there’s a little square icon that shows that it’s a Page rather than a Profile. For now, users can add brands such as Fox News, the Dallas Cowboys and Angry Birds to their circles and ‘follow’ it just like Facebook users do, though Google+ looks and functions different.
Google’s launch partners include Angry Birds, CNN, Fox News, the Muppets, the Dallas Cowboys, Pepsi, Toyota, Macy’s, X Games, WWE, Train, Barcelona Football Club and Save the Children and its number will surely grow fast.
In addition, Google has partnered with US Military Government to help veterans find jobs in various branches and areas. The National Resource Directory site is a project built along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and uses Google’s custom search capabilities. Google has also created a custom widget that can be built into any web site to help spread the job search for military veterans.