Google, which had initially planned to test business partners on Google+ in the next “few months,” is moving more quickly with that program. A Google executive now says the company plans to announce a group of partners next week.

Christian Oestlien, group product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post Wednesday evening that the interest from “thousands upon thousands” of businesses “has got us very focused on accelerating our business plans.”

Oestlien continued: “Dennis Troper (product manager for business profiles), myself and the rest our team will focus next week on selecting a diverse set of business partners for the test period. We will be communicating with these partners next week, and will let the world know who they are soon thereafter.”

Earlier this month, Oestlien asked brands not to create Google+ profiles yet. Nevertheless, several brands, including Ford, Breaking News and Mashable have created profiles anyway. The full Google+ program for businesses won’t be ready until later this year, Oestlien says.

Businesses interested in being considered for the test program have until Friday to get their applications in here.

Original Article by: Todd Wasserman