Saturday, July 23, 2011

GOOGLE+ BOOTS KOMU AND WILLIAM SHATNER: Anchor Sarah Hill posts "obituary" for new social media site

COLUMBIA, 7/23/11  (Beat Byte) --  Columbia's KOMU television and Star Trek star William Shatner now have something in common beyond television.  Google + -- the Internet search giant's answer to Facebook -- unceremoniously eighty-sixed Shatner on Monday and KOMU Tuesday, prompting KOMU anchor and Sarah Stories host Sarah Hill to post a tongue-in-cheek "obituary" for the social media site.
"+KOMU News, 3 weeks old, of Columbia, MO passed away Tuesday, in its sleep," Hill wrote on her Google+ profile page.  "Memorials can be sent to the 'Tablet app for Hangout Fund.'  Burial will be at 3:00 pm tomorrow in a G+ Hangout.  Graveside service to follow on my profile."
The move came as no surprise.  Still partly in a Beta testing mode, Google+ -- which features social "Hangouts" -- has limited most new accounts to individuals, closing the doors on businesses.   The Columbia NBC affiliate joined Shatner, booted from Google+ for his "celebrity business" status
"Actually we knew the KOMU news account’s days were limited as it’s a business and G+ is limiting those kinds of accounts right now," Hill wrote.  "KOMU will come back when organizations are allowed back in," she wrote. "It’s not goodbye, just see ya later." 

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