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Larry Page stripped Google+ head Vic Gundotra off tweeting rights after Microsoft-Nokia deal comment

Larry Page stripped Google+ head Vic Gundotra off tweeting rights after Microsoft-Nokia deal comment
"Two turkeys do not make an Eagle." That was Google Plus head Vic Gundotra’s first hot-headed reaction to the just announced Microsoft-Nokia partnership in early 2011. 

And if Gundotra thought his first tweet would go unnoticed, he was damn wrong.

Shortly after, he got stripped off Tweeting rights with a direct plea from his 'boss,' Google’s chief executive Larry Page.

Now, almost two years after that, Gundotra appears to have been right (at least for the moment), but the snarky comment made waves, quickly interpreted as a direct shot at Microsoft and Nokia.


Gundotra first confessed about his limited presence on the microblogging platform at the SMX Social Media Marketing conference. And it seems the intervention of the ‘boss’ was more of an attempt to save him from trouble. 

Here’s the full transcript of what Gundotra said on his Twitter ban:

“Danny Sullivan (DS): Do you personally use any other social network tools and why haven’t you tweeted since July 2011?

Vic Gundotra (VG): Well, I made one tweet, and then I was asked not to tweet again.

DS: By Twitter?

VG: No, not by Twitter. (laughs)

DS: “You, Sir, cannot tweet any longer.”

VG: No, actually I was asked not to do that by my boss. I tweeted a tweet about two companies that went viral, went very very viral and made a lot of headline news. And honestly, I didn’t anticipate that my comments would be interpreted in the way they were interpreted.
I thought I was speaking to a relatively small number of people who followed me, a developer-oriented group, and instead it went mainstream. And so, uhm, I’ve curtailed my usage since then.
And frankly, I’ve been so busy on Google+, it’s been incredible. I think I have something like 3.5 million followers on Google+ so I have plenty of an audience who to speak to – an audience I love.

DS: (to the audience) Vic is a rockstar on Google+, by the way, if you don’t know. I did a post today and he came and commented on it and people went (didn’t get that part).

VG: It’s really great to work in Google engineering, and I think there’s a whole community of people that love that.

DS: Do you look at them though? I mean, do you go over and at least look through Twitter? You do have a Facebook page, I know that because I saw it today, so do you check out the other players just to keep up?

VG: You’re saying I do have a Facebook account? Yeah, yeah. I have a Twitter account too. Absolutely, I will check out things – it’s part of my job to keep up with where the innovation is coming from, so of course I look at those things. But my predominant usage is Google+.”


Google+ is actually doing more than well, it’s doing brilliant, according to Gundotra. He said it is the Internet’s fastest growing social network with more than 500 million people upgrading to it, and 235 million ‘active’ users. Still far from Facebook, but definitely not bad for what was deemed to become a ghost town.

source: The Next Web

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posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:01 16

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


But two turkey can make twice the Christmas!!! Yay!!! :D

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:27 7

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


But 2 eagles can make 2 turkeys.

MS and Nokia used to be eagles.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:10 3

2. MartyK (Posts: 697; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


"Two turkeys do not make an Eagle." hahahaha....

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 15:23 1

12. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


It can. If an eagle kills 2 turkeys and eats it and then later mates, then the two turkeys may make a number of eagles. :)

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 14:51

17. MartyK (Posts: 697; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


WTH?!...hahahahahahahahaha
Good one..hahaha

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:22 2

3. muhsen (Posts: 243; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


" He said it is the Internet’s fastest growing social network with more than 500 million people upgrading to it, and 235 million ‘active’ users. Still far from Facebook, but definitely bad for what seemed like a ghost town." it doesn't make sense
i guess u mean "but definitely not bad for what ...... " ,right??! or am i missing something?!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:35 1

4. Victor.H (Posts: 409; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Absolutely, it's corrected now. Thanks!

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 21:00

14. ScottSchneider (Posts: 313; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Mistake... Sorry for the Thumb Down...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 09:43

5. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Social network? How many times have Google said its not a social network but an extension of their services.

People only use google+ for SEO

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 10:44 2

7. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


i visit g+ once in a while. but every one is on Facebook so... that's what i visit mostly.

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 11:51 1

8. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


The eagle-eyed Nokia Lumia 920 would disagree with mr. Gundotra...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 12:59 2

9. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I need more than flashy colors on my smartphone thanks. The only thing the Nokia has going for it is the camera, and that's just in low light conditions

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 13:22 1

10. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Comparing it to the android flagship sgs3 it has: a better screen (higher res, more ppi, super sensitive touch, higher ref. rate), a superriour camera, a better os (well nhf, this is subjective), better build quality etc etc. i do agree that not all would agree but the l920 is currently one of the best if not the best smartphones around, and certainly not a turkey...
p.s. plus it does have flashy colors, i love my l710 in black/cyan - it really stands out from all the black/white stuff...

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 14:52 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have all three - I find twitter a waste a time - FB can be fun, but I have that off right now and I barely use G+....too much social media in this world....

posted on 07 Dec 2012, 16:44

13. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lmfao... google+..... rotflmfao... google+...... please stop, i'm about to wet myself laughing

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 05:16

15. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats the difference between just trying to compete and getting into a online he said she said type of thing.

This is something more older CEO's thats been doing this longer need to learn.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 08:07

16. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Why do we need eagle anyway. Turkeys are tasty eagles aren't. Turkeys are domestic and poite. Eagles aren't. Turkeys make our feast tasty eagles doesn't. Turkey don't steal anything. Eagles steal chickens. Turkeys are better anyway.

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