Does Facebook's Advertising Team Hate Google Plus?

Developer Michael Lee Johnson (pictured) continues to vent about Facebook on Google Plus, after the former banned his advertisements asking for followers on the latter.

Developer Michael Lee Johnson continues to vent about Facebook on Google Plus, after the former banned his advertisements groveling for people to add him to their circles.

Johnson’s original gripe about Facebook has garnered 1,215 pluses, 1,000 shares and 424 comments as of this writing; of course, this is largely due to the media attention he’s been getting over his complaint.

We suspect the developer attempted to place the advertisement without first reading Facebook’s Terms of Service, which state that the company dislikes ads promoting competing products — how ironic given that Johnson calls himself a virtuoso in his own promotional copy.



Johnson’s advertising strategy here was, um, interesting. Presumably, amassing followers on Google Plus would expand his business and the best way to get these friends is trolling on Facebook, right?

So far, 1,460 people include the developer in their circles on the search engine’s social offering and he effectively got them all for free, or at least without having to pay for an ad on Facebook.

Readers, what do you think about Johnson’s beef with Facebook?