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Google’s Eric Schmidt Finally Joins Google+

Google executives have come under fire as of late for either not joining Google+ or using it sparingly. The concern of course is that Google+ is their own social network and Google is hoping to overtake or at least be uber competitive with their existing competitors.

Google+ has been around since late June. Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman, made his first post today. He posted links to comments he made around the web about Steve Jobs passing away.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page haven’t been all that active on Google+ either. When the service first rolled out Page filed his page (no pun intended) with photos of a parasailing trip. He also recently posted about Steve Jobs.

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Like the Google Q2 results, Page posted his Q3 remarks on his Google+. Yesterday he put up a post about a contest Google is doing for high school aged students.

Granted the Google executive team is busy, it seems worrisome to both journalists and analysts that they dont use their own service.  Analysts and tech bloggers like Michael Degusta of Thundetstatement, even point out that Mark Zuckerberg uses Facebook quite often.  Dick Costolo, founder of Twitter also tweets multiple times a day.

Dan Olds of The Gabriel Consulting Group said that Schmidt’s appearance on Google+ was transparent.  Olds went on to tell PC World Magazine:

“Google+ has received some bad publicity surrounding the low number of Google execs who use the site. Add in the frank comments of a Google engineer, who wrote a devastating and frank critique to Google’s Google+ approach, and starting up a Google+ account suddenly ranks pretty high on Google executives’ to-do lists.”

Rob Enderle Chief Analyst with the Enderle group had some harsh words for executives that don’t use their own services, telling PC World

“Honestly I think that executives who run a company and can, but choose not to, use that company’s products, should be replaced by executives who have a passion for what the company builds,” Enderle said. “It showcases a disconnect between the executives and the firm’s products and helps explain the low … quality of Google’s newer products. ”

Hopefully this is a new trend for the executives at Google. On the other hand though, people instrumental in the launch of Google+ like Vic Gundotra, use the service regularly.

source: PC World