DRAMA: Users Reporting Facebook Blocks of G+ Invite Links

Ruh-roh, Reorge. Though Mark Zuckerberg didn’t waste a second trying out Google+ in the early weeks of beta, it seems his capacity for amicable competition doesn’t extend to letting Facebook users invite their friends to try out G+. YouTuber  posted this video of his attempts to post an invite link to Google’s social media site, which shows his posts containing the invite links (but not others) being blocked from his friends’ feeds.

Google VP Vic Gundotra asked G-Plussers if they were having similar link posting issues, noting that the “company was ‘getting reports’ from other users.” Facebook’s having none of that, though. They insist that their people “could not duplicate the same problem as depicted in the video” and suggest instead that the invite posts are being pulled down by their spam-prevention display filtering technology, which blocks users from sharing the same content multiple times. (It’s not working on those shoes salesmen, Fb.)

That said, another theory posits that the effect is a smear tactic from the Google front–users are reporting mixed results on Gundotra’s post, but CNET insists that the problem isn’t being replicated at their end, either.

What say you, Geeks–spam-blocking coincidence or subterfuge? And if so, from which side?


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