Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Unfriendly: Google Blocking Ex-Employee’s “Social Circles” Book (Oh Yeah, He Now Works At Facebook) | TechCrunch

Google helps a former employee promote his new book… (p.s. this and the next post were both via my LinkedIn Today home page)

Anyway, there’s been a lot of interest recently in Adams given his history and he took some time today to write a blog post to clear some things up. Why he left Google, what he does at Facebook — it’s good stuff. But the real meat is one little nugget of information he drops: Google is blocking him from releasing a book he wrote about his social research called, what else, Social Circles. And Adams is not happy about this at all.

Specifically, Adams says he received permission in June 2010 from Google to publish Social Circles. As he notes the content, title, and cover (circles!) all existed before the Emerald Sea project (Google+). But after word of the project started leaking out that summer, Google rescinded their permission and asked Adams to wait to publish until Google+ launched. Adams understood, and was perfectly fine with that. But now that G+ is out there, he says Google is still blocking him from publishing the book, and he doesn’t know why.

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But rather than wait for Google’s permission, Adams is hard at work on a new book, called Grouped, which will be out in a few months, he says.

Unfriendly: Google Blocking Ex-Employee’s “Social Circles” Book (Oh Yeah, He Now Works At Facebook) | TechCrunch

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