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SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today.

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SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/21/12 5:48 PM
It may be silly but I send text messages to Google+ (33669) from Google Voice.  It's worked flawlessly until today.  I haven't made any changes but my posts aren't making it to google+. 

I've unchecked and re-enabled the Allow SMS Posts option but that doesn't make a difference.  I've also tried sending SMS to other phones with google voice and the messages are received.  So I'm confused... is this happening for anyone else?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. ミ★ღ ραυℓ ღ★彡 11/22/12 1:49 AM
Did you notice any error message while sending SMS to Google+?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/22/12 8:42 AM
On Thursday, November 22, 2012 1:49:42 AM UTC-8, ミ★ღ ραυℓ ღ★彡 wrote:
Did you notice any error message while sending SMS to Google+?

Thanks for the prompt reply. There's no error or indication that the text message wasn't received.  It just seems like it was ignored. 
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/23/12 1:10 AM
For good measure, I tried testing from another Google Voice account and changed the SMS source number in Google+ settings.  I then tried provisioning access for my cell phone and tested from there.  Works fine.

So at this point, here's what I know:

- G+ SMS updates from mobile phone works.
- G+ SMS updates from google voice fails.
- Other SMS updates from google voice are sent/received fine.
- I'm not getting any errors.

This leads me to believe that G+ administratively blocks Google Voice SMS updates. 
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/26/12 12:46 PM
Bump

Any thoughts here? I suppose it could be a Google Voice issue with it not supporting short code but I don't get why this was working fine up until last week and then suddenly stopped.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 11/26/12 5:58 PM
I am having a similar issue.. I send updated to google plus via the "secret email"  that they were all working find until november 21st when they stopped and have not started up again.. I tried removing all and reseting it up to see if maybe google changes your secret email after a while.. but my ended up being the same...  

anyone got a clue??


Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/26/12 10:53 PM
Hi Joanne,

I'm still stumped but in the meantime, I've been using the "send feedback" feature on google+ to try to get some traction.  If you have some time, please feel free to do the same.  The more people/attention we can get on this, the faster it'll get resolved.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Fred McMurray 11/27/12 4:10 PM
My posting to Google+ stopped on the 21st also. I can see the sms text messages going from gmail to Google Voice but not being received by Google+. It may be time to autopost to Google+ a different way. I'm looking at this plugin to do so.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 11/27/12 4:24 PM
Please post if anyone has an easier solution.. Before this stopped I was using an ifttt recipe to send my fanpage post directly to google plus....
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. iakoubtchik 11/28/12 10:12 AM
I'm also seeing that only Google voice SMS updates are failing.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. haroonie 11/28/12 10:15 PM
i've noticed this too. i send updated to the "secret" email to updated g+ and looks like google has blocked it as of nov 21 :(
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 11/28/12 10:22 PM
Please keep sending feedback to Google+.  I know I sound like a broken record here but I'm very eager for this to gain more attention at G+ so they can fix it.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Lief Zimmerman 11/28/12 11:04 PM
I tried to enable IFTTT recipe for over an hour - couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work.
Thanks for this forum Discuss post - I stopped wasting my time that night.

I would like to see this functionality re-enabled in some way.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 12/1/12 1:22 AM
This very disappointing as I used IFTTT also to post my rugby news to my Google+ contacts. I noticed that is stopped for a while a couple of months back but never for this amount of time. With Google not opening up the required API looks like we are all a bit stumped for posting to Google+ by this means unless they fix this issue. Please fix the issue Google+ team so we can get back to posting our news.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/1/12 1:19 PM
Yup, stuck indeed.  Please continue to send google+ feedback on this.  I'm doing it daily in the hopes that it gains more attention.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/2/12 4:49 PM
Minor update.  I've been testing some more and if I text directly to 650-450-9500 from google voice (the web site itself... NOT via the email address).  Updates are received.

However if I try to use the special email address, it's rejected.  This further suggests that Google has stuff locked down.  Please continue to send feedback to Google -- I miss this feature!
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 12/3/12 8:16 AM
What is 650-450-9500? I thought the number for SMS posting was 33669?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/3/12 8:32 AM
33669 is the one US customers are supposed to use.

650-450-9500 is the US-based G+ number for SMS from international customers. SMS users in other countries can send to +16504509500 and update Google+.  It works OK when sending direct from the Googe Voice web site but the "secret" email function is blocked with it.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 12/3/12 9:21 AM
We are back in order again. 3 of my posts IFTTT'd to Google+ via the secret email within the last hour. Yepeeeeeeeeeeee!!
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/3/12 9:46 AM
Interesting! Thanks for the update.

It's still not working for me but I'll double-check and make sure I'm not doing something silly.  Is it working for anyone else on this thread?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/3/12 12:16 PM
Nope. Still not working for me.  JDCW, can you please confirm the format of the secret email address you're using?

Is it something like: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.33669.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com


On Monday, December 3, 2012 9:21:40 AM UTC-8, JDCW wrote:
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 12/3/12 12:39 PM
Still not working for me either......
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Sky B 12/3/12 1:11 PM
Hello all,

I'm looking into this issue and will report back when I know more. Thanks for your patience.

Best,
Sky
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/3/12 2:04 PM
i guess thanks for the news. at least i know it;s not only my account. been tryna find out why every since it stopped.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/3/12 2:09 PM
nope.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/3/12 11:10 PM
Hi Sky,

In case it's helpful, here are several methods for reproducing the issue.
  • Open google voice and send a text message directly to 33669.
  • Send an email to: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.33669.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com 
  • Send an email to: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.16504509500.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com 

In all cases, the Google voice number and email address are already authorized.  Deleting them and re-adding them doesn't make a difference.

Thanks,

-M

On Monday, December 3, 2012 1:11:32 PM UTC-8, Sky wrote:
Hello all,

I'm looking into this issue and will report back when I know more. Thanks for your patience.

Best,
Sky
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 12/4/12 1:59 AM
Yes, that is the format of the email that I am using. I have just noticed after a number of successful post last night it has stopped working again. My joy was short-lived :-(
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Sky B 12/4/12 11:22 AM
Hi all,

As I look into this, it would be helpful to have a clear idea of what the use case is. Is everyone using this path to automate posts through IFTTT? I'd like to be sure I understand what you need to accomplish to see if there's an alternative available.

Best,
Sky
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/4/12 11:37 AM
Hi Sky,

I can't speak for everyone but IMHO I think the common use case is automating posts through email delivery (which includes IFTTT).

I would like the ability to be able to send an email to 1<MyGoogleVoiceNumber>.33669.<MySecretGoogleVoiceCode>@txt.voice.google.com and have Google+ accept/add my post.

This method is used by IFTTT and provides the greatest flexibility for other scenarios in case users want to do automation outside of IFTTT. 

Thanks,

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Lief Zimmerman 12/4/12 12:49 PM
+1 for answer from Mike Berggren
the common use case is automating posts [to G+] through email delivery 
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 12/5/12 9:16 AM
Any update yet Sky?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/5/12 5:08 PM
I second that. Any updates?  I'm eager to start using Google+ again. =)
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/6/12 10:26 AM
Hi Sky,

If it helps, I can provide the non-delivery receipts for the emails I'm sending.  That might help you further localize where the issue exists.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Sky B 12/6/12 4:09 PM
Hi all,

I'm still looking into this. I might recommend pursuing an alternative, as we don't currently support this particular use case.

Best,
Sky
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/6/12 6:42 PM
Well can you hint when will Google will release it's API cause that's the only other way.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/7/12 1:15 PM
(I'm not sure if my prior message made it through or not so resending).

Hi Sky,

In the event that there's nothing that can be done for the email automation issue, can you please look into the issue sending SMS text updates directly from the Google Voice web site? I suspect that resolving this will fix the other issue too.

Thanks,

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Shell Beach 12/8/12 10:12 AM
Exactly the same here as Mike you describe:
- The only thing that works is texting directly from google voice to +16504509500
- Texting from google voice to 33669 does NOT work.
- Emailing to 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.33669.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com  does NOT work
Emailing to: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.16504509500.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com does NOT work

I'm emailing from the email registered with google voice and google plus.

I can understand the emails not working, as they aren't publicized anywhere as a supported method. But what about updating Google Plus from Google Voice via Text Message directly from Google Voice to 33669 ?
What's even more strange is that posting does work, if the text is sent to 
+16504509500


Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Shell Beach 12/8/12 10:22 AM
I can confirm the same that Mike has described. Posting to Google Plus from Google Voice via Text Message.
  • The only thing that does work is Texting to +16504509500 directly from Google Voice, the sent Text message gets posted to Google Plus
  • Texting to 33669 from Google Voice does not post to Google Plus (there are no error or success messages either)
  • Emailing to: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.33669.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com does NOT work
  • Emailing to: 1<GoogleVoiceNumber>.16504509500.<GoogleTxtReplyCode>@txt.voice.google.com does NOT work
I've sent the emails from the address that's associated with the Google Voice and Google Plus accounts.

I can understand the emails not working as they are not publicized anywhere that google supports this method.
What I don't understand is why I can't post to Google Plus from Google Voice via Text message to 33669?
(What's even more strange, is that texting to 
+16504509500 from voice DOES work!)

Is this a bug, or is this method getting blocked on purpose?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/8/12 11:30 AM
I completely agree. It would be great to know if this was blocked on purpose.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/8/12 3:05 PM
Had to be block purposely.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Scott Raymond 12/9/12 4:00 PM
Sky:

It's pretty obvious by now that this was deliberately blocked to stop people from forwarding twitter entries to their G+ account, Would be nice if anyone from Google could simply man up and admit it instead of pretending there is an "issue".
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/10/12 9:41 AM
That was kinda obvious. Would say they couldnt handle the traffic but that'll be stupid. I thought this when I first saw the forum they blocked it.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/10/12 3:58 PM
Hi Sky,

I just wanted to follow-up with you regarding this issue.  Any news?  If you'd like me to collect additional information from my end, please let me know.  I'm very eager for this to get resolved.

Thanks,

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/11/12 10:45 AM
Hi Sky,

I just wanted to follow-up to see if there's anything else I could do to assist in the troubleshooting process here.  I'll be happy to provide additional logs, provide NDRs, or run additional tests if you would like.

Thanks again for your time and efforts,

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. inthepit 12/12/12 12:51 PM
any news regarding this?  there are no other alternatives as  google+ does not allow a 3rd party application to post status updates to the site.  closest we have is for google+ pages with hootsuite, but that does not include personal profiles.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. iakoubtchik 12/12/12 1:22 PM
I wrote an article mentioning a few useful social media tools. The last one on the list has G+ auto posting functionality http://pmc.io/Yg0eVJ
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. inthepit 12/12/12 1:39 PM
but that is for wordpress blogs, there also needs to be an alternative for just posting status updates
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. iakoubtchik 12/12/12 1:43 PM
They also have a PHP API if i'm not mistaken. Aside from HootSuite, I don't think there are any other options available.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/12/12 4:34 PM
Hi Sky,

Any news?  Is there anything else we can be doing to assist here?  I'll be happy to provide additional logs, provide NDRs, or run additional tests if you would like.

Thanks again for your time and efforts,

-M

Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. mohnish kumar 12/13/12 9:30 AM
It's working now but email notification is not to the people belonging in the circle
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/13/12 9:41 AM
It's still failing for me.  Could you please elaborate on what syntax you are using for the email-to-txt?  What Google SMS number are you sending to?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/13/12 7:49 PM
Hi Sky,

Any news? It's been a week since we've last heard from you.  I'd greatly appreciate any update you could provide.

Thanks,

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/14/12 1:59 PM
Hi Sky,

Any news? It's been a week since we've last heard from you.  I'd greatly appreciate any update you could provide.

Thanks,

-M

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:09:58 PM UTC-8, Sky wrote:
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/15/12 11:01 PM
Hi Sky,

Any news? It's been a week since we've last heard from you.  I'd greatly appreciate any update you could provide.

Thanks,

-M

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:09:58 PM UTC-8, Sky wrote:
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/16/12 8:18 AM
Hi Sky,

Any news? It's been a week since we've last heard from you. I understand that a resolution might not necessarily be available right now but it would be great if you could please confirm that you're still actively looking into this and provide an update on where we're at.

Thanks,

-M

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:09:58 PM UTC-8, Sky wrote:
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/17/12 9:47 AM
Hi Sky,

Any news? It's been nearly two weeks since we've last heard from you. I understand that a resolution might not necessarily be available right now but it would be great if you could please confirm that you're still actively looking into this and provide an update on where we're at.

Thanks,

-M

On Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:09:58 PM UTC-8, Sky wrote:
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Jacob Hench 12/17/12 10:22 AM
@Mike Berggren In my experience sending daily spam messages to the tech trying to help you is not the best method of approach.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/17/12 10:31 AM
Well said good sir. I'll hold off for awhile. =)
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. puffidredz 12/19/12 9:49 PM
i wouldn't hold my breath on it.  google blocked it intentionally because their block didn't only affect the SMS number, it also shut off all Wordpress plugins that autoposted to G+ as well.  they knew exactly what they were doing when they shut it all down; it's not a bug or anything that needs "a fix".  it was an intentional lock down because lots of the 3rd party software all broke around the same time. even Wordpress themselves are able to autopost to most other social networks EXCEPT G+ so i srsly doubt they are going to re-enable the SMS just for people complaining on their forums about it.  i've looked at other plugins but they want to charge $50+ for their software of which they can't guarantee any kind of longevity because it will just break anyway too once google sees what they're doing.  since G+ disabled me from being able to autopost from Wordpress, i just stopped using G+ altogether. it's not worth the frustration to write my content multiple times for multiple social platforms especially since about half of it is done on my mobile phone and i already hate using the phone's virtual keyboard anyway. to type my content once in Wordpress and then again in G+ would drive me nuts. what i do is post to Wordpress because it has the more robust interface and that's where my web site is, then from there it autoposts to twitter, facebook and myspace. it used to also autopost to g+ until my Wordpress plugin broke.  i contacted the developer about it and to my surprise i saw hundreds of people complaining about the same thing about the plugin just all of a sudden stop working, and he said it's because google changed something and there was nothing he could do about it.

so sorry to be the downer in all this, but calculating up all the odds, i just don't see it happening.
puffidredz 12/19/12 9:52 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Serife Celen 12/20/12 10:52 AM
I will just stop using google+ for my business. If google won't let me post automatically then what can I do, right?
I guess it will be Facebook and Twitter until they fix it...
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Chris Edmonds 12/21/12 8:01 AM
FYI to Google - this is just adding another barrier to people using Google+ (as if another is necessary). I'm posting stuff to Facebook constantly, and I'd also like the ability to post the same content to my G+ profile automatically (previously possible through IFTTT until the functionality described in this thread was disabled). If I have to take extra steps to get that content on G+, the fact is that I'm just not going to do it. Frankly, the lack of the ability to do this is going to be the difference between my using G+ (albeit apparently not in the way you'd like me to) and not using it at all. I know I can't be the only user who feels this way. I would think you would gladly take some interaction with your platform by a user like myself over none at all. Bad move.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Lief Zimmerman 12/21/12 8:54 AM
Honest-no-agenda question:

Why do you all think this is a purposeful move/change?
What reasons might Google have for turning this functionality off?

...wondering out loud.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 12/21/12 9:17 AM
It's a bit dated, but all that comes to mind is: http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/28/dont-expect-a-full-readwrite-google-api-anytime-soon-google-doesnt-want-to-disrupt-something-magical/

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. puffidredz 12/21/12 9:35 AM
Because G+ is new and Google wants to block all avenues of cross posting to it no matter if it be through SMS, Wordpress plugins, email, or etc. They want to force people to only use THEIR interface so they can funnel millions of users to see their promotions and ads so they can make money.  And I am guessing that money is to be used to fund the G+ social network.  Sure Facebook and Twitter do the same thing but they still allow you to cross-post between networks and aren't forcing you to only use their interface.  I don't use G+ for this reason though.  What's the point of it being a social network if we can't share anything?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. puffidredz 12/21/12 9:53 AM
maybe, but i think they've waited so long now and destroyed their debut, the average user with a 5 minute attention span won't even care. if a product comes out and it's not good from the beginning, it's hard to get users to come back to it later. techs and developers might since they keep up with that kind of thing, but if Google's intention was to put it out now and work out the fun stuff later, then i think they missed their chance to make a huge impression to users that was already dominated by Facebook and Twitter. when and if they finally do launch their magical thing, they are going to have a slow trickle of users coming back to G+ rather than a large number of people.  they should have at least put out something though.  i would have been satisfied with just having excerpts of my posts with a link to a short url pointing to my website to read the full post.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. DEANDRE CRAYTON 12/21/12 10:57 AM
I was kinda thinkin this last night without the money involved. I say that Google doesn't want Their sight to become MySpace before it really even takes off. You figure no one uses their MySpace but probably have their Twitter or Facebook connected just in case. If Google aloud third party posting would be no need to log onto their site. And as @puff pointed out that would cause them money in the long end cause no one would be on here although users already have an account.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Steven S 1/5/13 1:01 PM
Confirmed. Failing for me too since November 20th.  Hard for me to get traffic going to my G+ page when crossposting tweets via ifttt and gvoice is now dead because of this problem. 
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 1/5/13 1:17 PM
Thanks for sharing and posting. I completely agree.

I hardly ever post to Google+ anymore since this issue began and it's extremely frustrating that we never heard back from official support. I wish we had closure here.  
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Steven S 1/5/13 1:22 PM
Indeed.

I just posted to my Google Plus page that if those who have circled the page want the once-a-day automated content, they'll have to get it from my Twitter or FB pages instead.

If they aren't going to release an API that allows crossposting to/from other social networks, then they at least need to restore this work-around if they ever want to get this G+ thing off the ground for real.  

Disallowing crossposting doesn't engender more usage, it curtails it.  Silly, silly G+ team.  Wake up and smell the cross-pollination that leads to more fruit..
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Kord Campbell 1/21/13 2:24 PM
All,

Just to set expectations, I don't think Sky is going to respond to us again.  Let me explain why.

I wrote this guide on cross posting Tweets to G+ in October.

At the time I wrote the post, I ran into issues with IFTTT wanting to support Twitter's RSS feeds and exchanged several strange messages with the support team there via Twitter.  They seem to be nervous about support for Twitter moving forward as Twitter has announced RSS feeds for your account may go away in the near future.  The general thought at the time was that Twitter was starting to become more and more closed to developers and third party users using their APIs.

I don't personally support this type of business decision, but Twitter is a private company, so they can do whatever the hell they want, when they want.  Hold onto that thought to consider here in a minute.

Sometime in December I noticed my Tweets were no longer reaching my G+ account.  I checked that IFTTT was still forwarding them on (they were) and then I simply shrugged and went on my way.  It wasn't until someone posted on my blog saying I should come in here and address it that I decided to take a look at what was going on.  I read most of your posts, including Sky's responses promising to look into it.  For the record, saying Google doesn't support 'this particular use case' is bullshit, and I'm calling them out on it and illustrating exactly why we've been left in the dark.  Let me explain:

Posting to G+ via SMS is a well known feature.  It's well documented in their support documentation.  Sending SMS messages via Google Voice is a well known feature and is also documented in their support documentation.

What is not well documented, nor a well known feature of Google Voice, is the ability to send an SMS to a short code.

So, to get to the bottom of this I've tested several well known short codes, including Twitter and G+, with my Google Voice number, and none of them seem to be working as of the time of this post.  This isn't a huge surprise, because GV has a well known history of not supporting short codes.

People, this isn't an issue with G+.  It's an issue with Google Voice.  The question you *should* be asking is why Google supported this for a short amount of time, and then abruptly turned it off.  The question you *should* be asking is why Sky is attempting to redirect the conversation into something very specific - posting from IFTTT to G+ - and seemingly ignoring the real issue:

Google Voice no longer supports SMS'ing to short codes, even their own short code for G+.

Why on earth he just didn't come out and say this is anyone's guess.  Perhaps Google got reported to CSCA for violating short code guidelines.  Filtering out short codes for competitors like Twitter and allowing their own to G+ could be grounds enough to file a complaint.  Maybe it was a pre-emptive legal maneuver.  Maybe it was aliens!  Who knows.

It's likely we aren't getting this feature back!  Complaining about it like a bunch of whiney bitches isn't going to help much either, as evidenced by the ongoing debacle over a lack of writable APIs for G+.

Back to my earlier point about the Twitter APIs.  Twitter has likely disallowed (this has been discussed extensively on the Internets) third party READ/DISPLAY access to my Tweets because they want/need to make ad revenue off my streams.   My hypothesis is that Google likely disallows POSTING to my stream (via APIs) because they make money off knowing what I'm doing/talking about and then showing me ads later when I search for stuff.  Letting me fill up my 'ad fodder goodies timeline' with either code (via APIs) or IFTTT (via short codes) probably isn't doing much for them, revenue-wise.

I'd have probably made the same decision they did.  Turn the damn thing off and be done with it.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Steven S 2/10/13 9:36 PM
And, just like that, they've turned it back on, at least for now.  

Shown here, actual size: http://bit.ly/WcG9vm

That was done via FB to IFTTT to voice/sms gateway to G+.  (I never bothered turning it off and tonight it suddenly worked again.)

I hope it stays around for awhile, but I'm not holding my breath.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 2/10/13 10:08 PM
Can you elaborate on the IFTTT to voice/sms gateway part?  What SMS number are you sending to? 33669?

Are you sending the SMS via the email leveraging the google voice email address?

Doesn't seem to work for me.

-M
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 2/10/13 11:43 PM
Actually, I stand corrected.  It IS working for me now.  I really hope it stays this way. Fingers crossed.
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 2/12/13 8:11 PM
is was working for a couple of days... now not posting any more.. nor am I getting the failed emails from google.. anyone else?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Mike Berggren 2/12/13 10:59 PM
It's still working for me so far...
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 2/13/13 4:55 AM
If I delete the recipe and re add it.. it will work once for me.. then it doesnt trigger..  The recipe says it worked.. but nothing gets posted.. but if I email directly to the email address something will post... wierd.


Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. JDCW 2/28/13 12:03 AM
Now that this service is working again I have another question. Does anybody out there know how to post to your own Google+ community using this method (Google voice email)? I have tried putting + in front of the community name like when you post to circles but to no avail. I would be forever grateful if anybody could come up with a way of doing this. Thanks J
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Arya Ziai 3/3/13 10:50 PM
Hey there when I send texts to 3369 it doesn't work. (I live in CA with an american #) But sending texts to 6504509500 does post to google+.. The unique address I got was:  14157867985.9230.DW5gb3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com(I changed a letter and number from the real one for security) However sending an email to  14157867985.9230.DW5gb3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com DOES NOT WORK, nor does14157867985.16504509500.DW5bF3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com
........ Ideas?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Arya Ziai 3/3/13 10:51 PM
hey there when I send texts to 3369 it doesn't work. (I live in CA with an american #) But sending texts to 6504509500 does work.. The unique address I got was:  14157867985.9230.DW5gb3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com(I changed a letter and number from the real one for security) However sending an email to  14157867985.9230.DW5gb3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com DOES NOT WORK, nor does14157867985.16504509500.DW5bF3C3cK@txt.voice.google.com
........ Ideas?
Re: SMS Post doesn't seem to work for Google+ today. Joanne DelBalso 3/18/13 5:50 AM
it has been working for me, however I can not get the "links" to preview??  is there certain code you need to add???
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