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For businesses, social networking is all about engaging customers in the hopes that they’ll remember the next time they’re in the supermarket. As it turns out, one of the best ways to engage people is to tempt them with free stuff, which is why contests and giveaways are so popular.

Google, however, has decided that it wants nothing to do with online promotions. The content policy for Google+ Pages Brand Pages Finally Come to Google+ [News] Brand Pages Finally Come to Google+ [News] Whatever you think of Google+, it’s certainly not possible to accuse the new social network of resting on its laurels. Today, yet another new feature in a long string of updates has been added in... Read More states that “you may not run contests, sweepstakes, offers, coupons or other such promotions directly on your Google+ Page“.

Page owners don’t need to panic, however, because the prohibition applies only to activity on the page. Linking to an offer that is hosted somewhere else is acceptable. Here at MakeUseOf, we’ll be giving away an iPhone 4S on November 15th MakeUseOf Gets Google+ Page. Be The First To Join and Win A New iPhone 4S! MakeUseOf Gets Google+ Page. Be The First To Join and Win A New iPhone 4S! Google Plus received a significant boost today when they launched Pages, their answer to Facebook Pages, and the beginning of businesses and brands setting out their online tent on Google's social network site. We now... Read More to one random follower of our page. Since we only link to this giveaway here on MakeUseOf, it’s within Google’s guidelines.

This could be an important difference between Google+ and Facebook How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts [Technology Explained] How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts [Technology Explained] Read More for some page owners, as Facebook does allow promotions – if they’re contained within apps and entrants agree to absolve the social network of any responsibility.

Google+ does not have any similar policy for individual accounts. However, the policy for pages exists because of the risk of liability to Google should a contest go wrong, which suggests that trying to side-step the policy in that way would not be wise.

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Source: Mashable

  1. Achraf52
    November 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    For your giveaway I think it is not allowed by Google + as the way to enter is to join you and that what they don't want .

    • Aibek
      November 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

      As stated on their terms, they dont allow giveaways to be hosted on Google Plus account. That's different.

      • Achraf52
        November 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        Are you aware of Makeuseof terms for this giveaway, it is actually requesting you to ass their page to a circle to be able to enter, and they have no form on the site for signing up, just one way is to have Google + account and follow them there which is something changing user willing to choose who to follow and Google want to know what you really want than what you were forced to do so in exchange to something else, that is why they denied promotions on their network, and I do not know why Makeuseof wanted to do it this way as the normal way on site is better than any other way and there is +1 buttons that they can use so why not .

        • Matt.Smith
          November 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

          I am in awe of that run-on paragraph

  2. Esteban
    November 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry to ask here, but you lot always solve anything :)

    Is there a way for several people to manage the same page? On facebook you can, but I can't seem to find the option on +.

    Thanks in advance guys!

    • Anonymous
      November 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      Google are working on that feature last I heard.

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