October 13, 2011, 4:53 PM — After being noticeably absent from his company's own social network, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt finally has joined the ranks of Google+ users.
Schmidt made his first public posts on Google+ on Wednesday, offering links to comments he made on the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. What was most noteworthy about Schmidt's posts is that they're his first public foray into Google+ , even though the social network was unveiled last June.
Google executives have been taking it on the chin over the past few weeks since Tech blogger Michael Degusta reported that the majority of the company's management team aren't using Google+.
"So how about Google CEO Larry Page? It's been over 3 months since Google+ launched, and he's only made 7 public posts, including just one since mid-August," wrote Degusta. "Turns out that's still 7 more posts than Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has ever made. Since Google+ launched, Mr. Schmidt has found time to retweet Ivanka Trump's promotion of Snow Flower & The Secret Fan, but apparently couldn't find time to even join Google+."
He added that several of Google's board members either don't have Google+ accounts or have never made any posts. He also noted that only three of the 12 people listed on the Google management team page have ever made a single public post on Google+.
Google did not respond to requests for comment.
But the day after Google software engineer Steve Yegge accidentally posted a rant about Google's management and handling of Google+ on the social network, Schmidt has an account and has made a few posts.