Ingenuity is certainly something to be accepted. Commercial ingenuity is something to be respected. It may appear that sometimes, certain tech corporations just respect their own ingenuity. TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld stated that it appears to be the case with Facebook which has eliminated a piece of well commercial ingenuity from its site.
App developer Michael Lee Johnson is aware of the need to be big on Google+ or be unknown, and doubted what good methods to increase his Google+ circles may be. He hit upon a good plan, he placed an ad on Facebook and it was a plain thing that was captioned, “Add Michael to Google+.” The copy read: “If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App developer, Technological Virtuoso.”
If those terms we not enough to convince Facebook users that Johnson was a must for their Google+, he attached a good picture of himself wearing a jaunty cap.
According to Johnson, Facebook did not just remove this heinous horse of Troy from its pages. It reportedly banned all his other campaigns too.
Probably it was Clause 11 in the “Special Provisions Applicable to Advertisers” part where it said, “You will not issue any press release or make public statements about your relationship with Facebook without written permission.” Johnson had shamefully stated on Google+ that he was putting the ad.
Or maybe it was Clause 4d of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines: “Ads cannot insult, harass, or threaten a user.” Some may say, Johnson was harassing and insulting Facebook loyalists by his mere proposal that there may be another site to socially network.
Or maybe Facebook, its nose feeling pinched, just decided to reach for 6a of the same Advertising Guidelines: “We may refuse ads at any time for any reason, including our determination that they promote competing products or services or negatively affect our business or relationship with our users.”
Expelling all of Johnson’s movements still appears to be a touch cruel. Maybe Johnson will consider an action against Facebook for emotional distress and, well, damage to his reputation.
So Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities informs me this he will have to put in a court in Santa Clara Country. Johnson’s only public statements have been: “LOL.” Oh, and “Facebook. You Suck.”
1,460 people presently have Johnson in their Google+ circles.