Google suspends the Google+ profile they set up for Neil Gaiman

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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.

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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:

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We tried going to his account link, which took us here.

Gaiman also noted that he has been verified on Twitter for nearly four years.

Fans took to Twitter to quip about why the author may have had his Google+ account suspended.

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.

:::Update:::

According to the Gaiman, Google has since reinstated his account.

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Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

This is newsworthy? Those who follow him on twitter knew about this. Unlikely to have wider appeal than that.

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