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Google+ Pages: The 9 News Organizations To Follow

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On Monday Google+ finally opened its doors to businesses and brands with the creation of Google+ Pages.

Now, companies large and small -- from Coca-Cola and The New York Times to your local bike shop or animal shelter -- can set up their own Google+ profiles and connect with other users. Already, some pages have attracted thousands of followers. (Mashable's Google+ page, for example, currently boasts just under 30,000.)

Google's social network has experienced remarkable growth since its launch over the summer. The company announced in October that Google+ membership had reached 40 million, and the web giant continues to pursue new customers by gradually integrating its various web products with Google+. Earlier this month, Google rolled out a new Google+ sharing button for YouTube and new Google+ extensions for the Google Chrome browser. In addition, a " target="_hplink">controversial update to Google Reader recently tied the product more closely to Google+, although users didn't take to the change as willingly as they seem to have welcomed Google+ Pages.

Initially, Google actively tried to keep businesses out of Google+ by deleting non-human profiles. Google has finally changed its tune to match those of Facebook and Twitter, both of which have embraced the presence of brands in the social space.

The MSNBC-owned Breaking News has compiled a list of top news organizations to add to your circles on Google+. We chose nine that showed particular spark, be it frequent posts, interesting content or great photos. Check out the news organizations you need to be following on Google+ via our slideshow (below).

Then, check out the 19 executives you need to follow on Google+ (here).

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