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I just came across the tag. Now, being one of those who can't stand little things like people writing "Google Plus" rather than the official branding "Google+" (yes, I'm way too anal about official brand and trademark usage), I was wondering if there was a tag.

Sure enough, there is. They are linked synonymously as well, so that's great. Except I have another question: why does get mapped to rather than the other way around, since Google+ is the official "spelling"? After all, maps to rather than both mapping to something like ...

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Perhaps this is simply because the google-plus tag was created first? –  Chris Frederick Jul 22 '11 at 17:34
I'm waiting to see if there's an actual technical reason for this before reversing the synonym. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 22 '11 at 17:35
@Bill there's no technical reason tags can't end in + as shown by [c++] and an even more close example, [gdi+] - stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/gdi%2b –  Daniel DiPaolo Jul 22 '11 at 17:48
@Daniel DiPaolo: Ah, yes. You were the one who retagged [gdiplus] questions to [gdi+]. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/96284/… –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 22 '11 at 17:50
@BoltClock yes, my "put a + when you mean a +" agenda is going well! –  Daniel DiPaolo Jul 22 '11 at 17:51
@Daniel: I thought the [c++] tag caused problems in search and they had to make it a special case. If that's fixed (or was just my imagination) then there's no reason [google+] can't be the official tag. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 22 '11 at 17:55
@Bill: Indeed, if you enter "google+" in the search form now, the + isn't taken into account. However if you made it the official tag, I bet the system will convert that into a tag search, and return questions with the [google+] tag (like it currently does for [c++]). –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 22 '11 at 18:10
The only hitch is future compound tags. See Clicking google+-api tag results in a tag search for google -api. –  Rick Sladkey Jul 22 '11 at 18:16
Isn't C++ special cased and reason why other tags don't need it because then you'll have to try and catch all future + uses? –  random Jul 28 '12 at 17:23

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