Facebook Says No To Ad Campaign Linking to Google+

Michael Lee JohnsonMichael Lee Johnson is not the first person to launch a self-promotional ad campaign on Facebook, but his campaign is probably the first to link to a Google+ profile — and also the first casualty in the new social network war.

In his bid to gain more Google+ followers or — in G+’s term — to get circled by more people, Michael started a Facebook campaign with the headline “Add Michael to Google+” and a blurb that goes: “If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson. Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso.”

In less than 24 hours (according to the time stamps on Michael’s G+ post), Facebook removed the ad, sending Michael the following canned message:

Your account has been disabled. All of your adverts have been stopped and should not be run again on the site under any circumstances. Generally, we disable an account if too many of its adverts violate our Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with the specific violations that have been deemed abusive. Please review our Terms of Use and Advertising guidelines if you have any further questions.

Michael’s response? Essentially Facebook – You Suck.

Now if I were him I’d send a card to Palo Alto, thanking Facebook for terminating the campaign before it got too expensive while generating more buzz than money can buy. After paying for less than a day’s worth of advertising, Michael’s name is now featured on publications like CNET, The Washington Post, TechCrunch, PCWorld and International Business Times. Pretty good ROI, huh?

Source: CNET

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July 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm, Rollt said:

Guy looks like and, (in his ad) sounds like a total tool anyway.

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July 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm, Jal said:

Agreed, still makes facebook look really scared though.

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July 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm, Ian Dutton said:

I had no problems when i posted my G+ profile on Facebook 7/14/2011. the previous commenters may be on to something.

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