Earlier today, a YouTube video was shared on +Vic Gundotra’s Google Plus profile claiming that the easy-share links that Google recently unveiled were not being posted to Facebook. In the video originally posted by Google employee Randall Safara, a side-by-side image is shown of a user’s Facebook feed and that of a friend. When a standard message is posted, it appears instantly on the friend’s feed. However, when a Google+ invite link is posted to Facebook, the link does not appear instantly and is not shared with the friend.
Gundotra claims that Google has been getting reports of the share links not working beginning on Friday, August 12, 2011. I just attempted to post a share link with my Facebook friends and made a follow-up status update asking if they are able to see it. None of my friends reported being able to see the original link, and it also did not appear in my Most Recent feed. (The “Did you see that link I posted” status update does appear, however.)
The only record of me ever posting the Google+ share link appears to be on my Facebook profile. The link appears in the standard list of status updates that I have shared on Facebook, but not in either my News Feed or that of my friend. I distinctly remember such links appearing in my News Feed previously.
While Facebook is well within its rights to prevent people from advertising a competing product on its website, it’s surprising to see the company stealthily get in the way of end users encouraging their contacts to chose another service. Here’s a look at the video showing what appears to be G+ share links being blocked on Facebook.