Google+ gives Facebook exec the boot

When a Facebook executive gets banned from Google+ for using his real name, is it malice, or just an honest mistake?

In a trifecta of social networking drama, Facebook product director Blake Ross has taken to Twitter to complain about being banned from Google+ for violation of "Community Standards."

(Update: ReadWriteWeb reports that Ross' account has been reinstated, and an account deletion bot was the culprit.)

The "Community Standards" in question are usually invoked when a fake name is used on a Google+ profile. But that doesn't apply to Ross, who signed up for Google Plus under his real name. He's not even the only Blake Ross on Google's social network.

Ross wrote on Twitter:

"Google+ banned me for having the audacity to be named Blake Ross? Are they just banning all FB'ers? I smell fear."

My take: Google+ is expanding far faster than the search giant was prepared for, with 25 million users in just over a month. There's no excuse for Google's often draconian account deletion policies. But it's important not to attribute malice to what's probably just growing pains for the fledgling social network - even if it is a key executive from rival Facebook who got burned.

Of course, the real question is whether these mistakes are, in fact, growing pains - or Google+ getting stretched to breaking.

[L.A. Times]