Google+ social network is spambot says SEO expert

Just days after opening for a sneak preview to a select group of invitees, Google's new Facebook rival Google+ has been condemned as a 'spambot' by a UK SEO expert.

As we reported in an earlier article, users can sneak into the networking site via the backdoor, by getting themselves an invite from a Google+ user.

But the ability of users on the social network to send out email notifications of their Stream posts - the equivalent of Facebook's Wall - caused SEO specialist David Naylor to raise the alarm that the service could be a magnet for spammers, particularly given that these updates could be sent out to huge contact lists.

Of particular concern to Naylor is the fact that the 'unsubscribe' link included in these notification emails does not work if the messages are sent to a recipient who doesn't use the search giant's web-based mail service, Gmail.

According to Naylor's research, non-Gmail users who click the unsubscribe link are met with a 404 'page not found' error message, effectively preventing them from opting out of the potential torrent of spam to come.