Ex-Google employee stopped from publishing book called ‘Social Circles’

By on July 14, 2011
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Paul Adams, an ex-Google employee and developer of Google+’s ‘Circles’ concept, has said that the search giants are not responding to his email asking permission to publish his book called ‘Social Circles’.

While it may seem obvious why Google is no longer interested in having a book out detailing the concepts of its new social networking platform, Adams was actually given full permission to publish the book back in June 2010. However, in July 2010, Google rescinded the publishing rights after Google+ (called Project Emerald back then) was leaked on the interwebs. Now that Google+ has been officially released and beta tested, Adams hopes to publish his book as well.

“The book contains no proprietary information, it is based almost entirely on research from 3rd parties (mostly universities) and any Google research referenced is already in the public domain,” he said.

Adams, who currently works at Facebook as a project manager, is “channeling this frustrating experience” towards a new book called Grouped, which will be out in a few months. You can read about his experience with Google, why he left, and more about the book over on his personal blog.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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