I just read a rather interesting article at Blogging Girl, Google Plus Can’t Be Used in Conjunction with Blog Giveaways, and wow, it hit close to home for me: not so much because I’ve run giveaways where I’ve offered the option to add me to your circles on Google Plus a a giveaway option (yes, I have done this, on several occasions); but because I’ve entered dozens, if not hundreds (ugh, what a time sink!) of giveaways where the option to add the giveaway host to my circles on Google Plus was an option. Apparently this is a no-no for Google, per their very own Google+ Buttons Policy:
Publishers may not promote prizes, monies, or monetary equivalents in exchange for Google+ Button clicks.
The cynic in me is wondering exactly how many bloggers will abide by this rule. After all, many them require Facebook likes/follows as mandatory giveaway entries, and while Facebook has no problem with likes/follows as an optional giveaway entry, they do not allow likes/follows as mandatory giveaway entry options. Yet many bloggers continue to do so anyway. I guess it’ll keep on happening until an A-lister blogger winds up having their Facebook page temporarily or even permanently removed for things to change. In the meantime, I’m no tattle-tale, but I’m certainly not going to risk my own Facebook pages and Google Plus profile!