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It was announced today that Harry Potter actor Dan Radcliffe has joined a social network to help provide an accurate resource for information about the actor.

That social network is Google+.

“This has mainly come about because of the amount of people that I meet who tell me that they have contacted me on Twitter or Facebook when I know that’s impossible — because I don’t belong to either one of those sites,” he told MTV, who had the first report. “Now that I have this page, there will be an outlet for accurate information and hopefully people will not waste their time giving credence to people pretending to be me.”

If you’re hoping for updates on Radcliffe’s eating, shopping, or bathroom habits, don’t count on seeing those here. “It will be active,” he said, “but with updates about things I’m working on or have worked on, including things I’m passionate about, like The Trevor Project. What it won’t be is the minutia of my daily life, like what’s on the craft services table.”

While we’re glad Radcliffe finally is involved with social media, we think he made the wrong choice with Google+. The social network has failed to take off for Google while Twitter and Facebook continue to surge. The reason why he’s avoiding those two networks may be because of comments in the past about not being able to handle Twitter and Facebook. He seems to think it’d be impossible for him to use one of the other services without losing control of it.

We’re not entirely sure why he’s using Google+ to, in his own words, stop people from saying they contacted him “on Twitter or Facebook.” Daniel: It’s still going to happen, because you still don’t have a Twitter or Facebook.

Check out Radcliffe’s profile and add him to your Google+ Circle.

  • Sam

    He should’ve just joined Twitter… what is Google+ anyway? o_0

    • spacemonkey82

      a site that has more twice the number of users than twitter although it is 5 years younger than twitter.

      also a site that has more features than twitter, facebook, skype combined with zero ads. also owned by google (duh) which also owns gmail and youtube. and a little search engine that unfortunately nobody uses.

      so if you don’t know what google+ i must ask you what your secret is?

  • upper_westsider

    Seems like Facebook would have been a better choice for Dan. He could have done the same thing he’s doing with Google+ and reached a lot more of his fans.

    • spacemonkey82

      google+ is more authentic. no ads, far less trolling. facebook is for grandmas and grandpas. plus it gives you far more control over privacy and spam.

      i think he is smart to have chosen google+. i also suspect he is a google fan. its hard not to be one if you use their products like gmail, youtube, search, maps, drive, android.

  • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

    He should have done what Rowling did, join Twitter and Facebook and then barely use them. The solution isn’t a giant mystery. Lots of people have done this.

    • spacemonkey82

      he actually uses google+ (see his video diaries etc). i agree that lot of celebrity user accounts are managed by their PR firms and not themselves.

  • Lucy

    Google+ isn’t bad. The problem with it is that it isn’t popular. I think it was a good choice. So he won’t be on the most popular social networks; that’s life.

    • spacemonkey82

      google+ is second most popular social network. please google that and educate yourself. time to bust out of the bubble :)

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    I deleted by Google+ account because I simply wasn’t using it. Twitter or Facebook probably would have been better options if he wanted to reach more fans.

  • Tomas

    Just created a google+ to follow him :D

  • http://twitter.com/LaCoraDora Cora Dora

    I have a Google+, I don’t use it that often (neither do I use Twitter much apart from these comments) but it’s not terrible either. It’s slowly gaining speed still and I think has the possibility of becoming a more media focused site, if they continue doing premieres like with the hangout for the Lincoln trailer. And if that’s the case he might have made a very smart move.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jenella.herring jenella herring

    Failed to take off? Really?

    Check yourselves.

  • Jerome Turner

    Dan is smart. G+ is the future.

  • Glaciusx

    His little banner is so adorable. I love him!!!

  • http://twitter.com/marypao Mary

    Someone needs to explain to Dan & MTV that “social networking” means two-way communications. If you turn off your comments capabilities then it’s only a website sitting on a social network platform. That said, I don’t blame him for turning them off since there are a lot of creeps out there who would post crap just to get a rile out of everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/LeanneYau Leanne Yau

    Just join Twitter already. Google+ is so yesterday.

    • spacemonkey82

      twitter was created in 2005. google+ in 2011.

      how does it feel to be a dumbass?

  • Jill

    I think Twitter should have been the way to go for him because he can be verified on it and I don’t know many people that do the Google+. I might join it just because a celebrity does but I don’t want to. I like Dan and all but I’m not that crazy obsessed and I can always get his information right from Hypable most of the time.

    • spacemonkey82

      you can be verified on google+ too. also communicating with 140 character is a restriction that not every human being likes esp when in real life you dont impose that on yourself.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    LOL I find it incredibly hilarious that that out of all the social media cites, he chooses Goggle +

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    I haven’t used Google+ since last year. Join Twitter!

  • http://twitter.com/naina915 Naina

    follow daniel radcliffe official twitter ! @DanielRadcliffe

  • José David Arrivillaga

    Don’t you get it? he’s not on facebook or twitter because he’s never
    been attracted to social network stuff (because let’s face it, its a
    waste of time). Google+ will never be that saturated with users and only
    people interested in his work will go checking the site eventually so
    he will be able to manage it better and stay away from stalkers.

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