Google suspends the Google+ profile they set up for Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman via Twitter Google fail.
Earlier this morning, author Neil Gaiman tweeted a peculiar string of messages about Google+. The company has suspended his account because it "impersonates someone," namely Gaiman.
What's truly bizarre about the situation is that Google actually set the profile up for the author itself. Strange for a public figure who's so prolific on social media, don't you think?
Here are a few of the confused tweets from Gaiman's Twitter feed this morning:
...and my Google+ profile is "suspended because it impersonates someone". It was set up for me by Google. I am puzzled by this.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013
Interestingly, googling "Google+ Neil Gaiman" takes you to a fake account: https://t.co/FfsrHQnPM5— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013
We tried going to his account link, which took us here.
@IraKates given that Google proudly set it up for me and presented it to me, I'm surprised to see them suspending it.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013
Gaiman also noted that he has been verified on Twitter for nearly four years.
This account has been verified since 2010. Honest. RT @Naomi_Freeman: Time to nudge Twitter into verifying you I suppose.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013
Fans took to Twitter to quip about why the author may have had his Google+ account suspended.
It's true. RT @pollyjradams: the truth is finally out. You've been impersonating a cooler Neil Gaiman for years.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013
Author John Scalzi also cracked a joke that Gaiman's recent turn onstage as a bearded Charles Dickens during a reading of A Christmas Carol may have confused Google.
Recently, Google has taken steps to deactivate fake Google+ accounts, but this time they may have jumped the gun on the "fake" account.
Just as this Google+ issue began to unfold, Gaiman's publisher Harper Collins announced The Ocean at the End of the Lane as its book of the year.
According to the Gaiman, Google has since reinstated his account.
Google unsuspended me. Hurrah. I assume that complaining on a verified Twitter account helped. (Still astonished they didn't ask first.)— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 18, 2013