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August 01 2011


Google+ rolls out "stars" to keep a list of starred posts for easier location later

Slash Gear :: Chris Davies reports, that Google is rolling out the ability to “star” posts in Google+, as part of the company’s continued tweaks of the new social network. The option, which is not currently available on all accounts, but which seemingly began to appear when users accessed Google+ on Sunday night, works much as it does in Gmail, keeping a list of starred posts for easier location later.

Continue to read Chris Davies, www.slashgear.com

July 31 2011


Price competition - Google+ Games will hit Facebook where it really hurts

AllThingsD :: Google is close to launching a social game network that could make Facebook very, very nervous. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two platforms will be cost. According to multiple sources, Google will take less than a 30 percent cut of the revenues, which will break the industry standard created over the past few years by both Facebook and Apple.

Slash Gear found more evidence of the upcoming social game network:
Slash Gear :: Google’s help pages for Google+ have officially confirmed the upcoming Games Stream, a place where results from what will presumably be social-style gaming on the new network will be pulled together.

Continue to read Tricia Duryee, allthingsd.com

Google+ Games stream confirmed - continue to read Chris Davies, www.slashgear.com


July 30 2011


"Facebook for Business" guide launched, while Google+ for business still not in sight

PC Magazine :: Facebook unveiled "Facebook for Business" earlier this week. A five-page guide that the social network created to show companies how they can maximize their social presence on the site. It covers everything from a general overview of the relationship between businesses and Facebook pages to categorical, step-by-step instructions for helping neophyte companies navigate the world of Facebook (and its many features) for the first time.


Continue to read David Murphy, www.pcmag.com

July 25 2011


Google+, Facebook, Twitter - Tamagotchi trend in social networks: "feed me or I die"

ZDNet :: Tom Foremski's initial enthusiasm for creating G+ circles was as short lived as his recent idea to organize socks, underwear, and T-shirt drawers. "I now pop people into just one G+ circle. And all I’m doing is recreating my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter networks on Google+" - Why do we need "just another" social network?

Tom Foremski writes, that he's doing it for the same reason as others, "that you have to be in it to understand it, otherwise you might miss the emmergence of something important," and adds to say that Google+ could be the start of something new although it’s too early to tell.

[Tom Foremski:] I never possessed a Tamagotchi, the tiny little electronic toys representing a virtual pet that required regular care and feeding through pressing the right buttons throughout the day, or they would “die.” But my daily chore of keeping my digital presence alive across all my social networks feels like each one of them acts like a modern day, adult-themed Tamagotchi.

Recommended reading, a nice piece: Tom Foremski's "Google+ and the Tamagotchi trend in social networks"

Continue to read his full article here Tom Foremski, www.zdnet.com

July 24 2011


Martin Bryant: Can Google+ beat Twitter and Facebook as a tool for journalists?

The Next Web | TNW :: Google+ has taken off like no other social network before it. While it’s still in ‘limited field trial’ mode, it’s already being seriously considered as a contender to take on Twitter and Facebook. Journalists already use both those networks to great effect.

Martin Bryant: Could Google+ see similar usage?

A must read for journalists - continue to read Martin Bryant, thenextweb.com


Robert Schultz's Google+ experiment: turning it into a liveblogging tool

Robert Schultz is a "TV Broadcast Journalist, Photographer & Enterprise Architect" (his own words on Google+). He recently used Google+ ability to edit posts continuously. He turned it into a liveblogging tool.


Sarah Hill, KOMU-TV - Google+ Hangout: Norwegians speak on Oslo bombings

Another case of how journalist currently make use of Google+ features. Sarah Hill, an American television journalist at KOMU in Missouri, used a Google+ video chat Hangout to bring together Norwegians via Google Plus about their reaction to the recent bombing outside government headquarters and shooting at a youth camp outside Oslo. One of the video chat room participants described what it felt like when the bomb blast went off. The G+ Hangout was recorded and broadcast on TV.



The Atlantic PLUS - a real-time news experiment on Google+

Alexis Madrigal is Senior Editor at The Atlantic and currently running an real-time news experiment on Google+, called The Atlantic PLUS. The Atlantic PLUS Google+ feed comprises links to Atlantic stories, details of what Madrigal and other staff members are working on that day, links to news on other websites and a photograph for the day.

Continue to read Alexis Madrigal, plus.google.com


Google+ deleting accounts en masse, as it struggles with real name policy

ZDNet :: A striking number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours as the new social network struggles with its community standards policy around real names - alienating and frightening the people it aims to serve. Removed but restored through influence is Limor Fried- AKA Lady Ada / Adafruit Industries: She was recently featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine. Her account has just now been mysteriously restored, though only after a groundswell of complaints. Suffice it to say, the rest of the deleted accounts will not have such well-placed advantages.

More stories - continue to read Violet Blue, www.zdnet.com


How MySpace Tom may have inadvertently triggered the Google/Facebook war

Washington Post :: It was Microsoft, that was just about to sign the MySpace search/ad deal 2006, and it was Vic Gundotra, now the man behind Google+, trying to get the deal done for the Redmond corporation. But everything went different: MySpace founder Tom Anderson ran into John Doerr and told hime that they were about to close with Microsoft and Google closed the deal. Within an hour, Google brass helicoptered out to a News Corp. shindig at Pebble Beach ... Just think about what would have been had Anderson not run into Doerr? - It may have been a place for Google and Facebook to be friends. In a relationship, even.

Continue to read www.washingtonpost.com

July 23 2011


Google+ or why (Mike Elgan thinks) Twitter is obsolete

Computerworld :: The microblogging service Twitter debuted five years ago, and by all accounts it's one of the great success stories of the social media era. Twitter boasts 200 million users and 350 billion tweets per day, and it's a ubiquitous reference on mainstream TV. Today millions of people rely on Twitter's service for news, commentary, blog updates and social interaction. The company is about to close an $800 million funding round, which values the company at about $8 billion.

[Mike Elgan:] Suddenly, however, the service has been rendered obsolete by Google's new Google+ service, and also by the company's failure to capitalize on its five-year window of opportunity to innovate its way to indispensability. It's only a matter of time before Twitter becomes a ghost town.

Mike Elgan tell's us why he believes Twitter might perish.

Continue to read Mike Elgan, www.computerworld.com


Google+ (Plus) business profiles to include analytics & more

Venture Beat :: If businesses can contain themselves for just a few more months, they’ll have much better Google+ tools than the ones that currently exist. In fact, Google will be unveiling specially tweaked profiles with analytics and more sophisticated sharing options, all coming during (or shortly after) Q3 2011.

Continue to read Jolie O'Dell, venturebeat.com


How to measure social influence on Google+ (Plus)? ("talk" not "count")

Venture Beat :: VentureBeat tapped Joe Fernandez, CEO and founder of social influence monitoring firm Klout, to talk about how users can measure their influence on Google+. Although Klout isn’t measuring Google+ influence (yet), Fernandez gives some solid advice on how to build a great reputation and “score” on the service.

[Joe Fernandez:] When measuring your effectiveness, consider more than how many people have you in their Circles. Instead, [look at] how many people react to your content and how much reach those people have. Influential people on the system get the most +1′s, shares and comments from other influencers.

Continue to read Jolie O'Dell, venturebeat.com


The fall of Bebo and rise of Google+, email as a social’s secret weapon

Betabeat :: Much like the marriage of Myspace and News Corp, AOL and Bebo failed to produce positive synergies for either party. The company was eventually sold for an embarrassing $10 million in 2010. Fred Wilson: “The sad thing was, we had a social network sitting under our noses the whole time, called AIM.

Like Google, AOL had a base of more than 100 million users who went each day to their inbox and chat windows to communicate with friends, family and co-worker. But the company never threw significant muscle behind to evolve its massive homegrown user base from email/chat. Google+ on the other hand will be a lasting success. Its initial momentum is due in large part to the fact that it relies on email/chat at its core.

Continue to read www.betabeat.com

July 18 2011


Privacy concerns - Google+ (Plus) vs. Facebook: which can you trust?

PC World :: Are people flocking to Google+ to escape Facebook's evil clutches? And if so, is that really such a good idea?  - It's only some weeks ago that MySpace assets, which include some 50 million-odd personal profiles were purchased by Specific Media, an online ad firm. Since then, some smart folks have pointed out to that -- Google is also an advertising company (interesting news). And when you come right down to it, so is Facebook. That's certainly what has produced the vast majority of FB's revenues so far.

Which platform should we trust, Facebook or Google? - Dan Tynan's (first) evaluation.

Continue to read Dan Tynan, www.pcworld.com

July 15 2011


July 14 2011


Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus? - New York Times on the ‘psychology of sharing’: email still rules

paidContent :: When the New York Times first began talking about creating a metered paywall for its website last year, the company was quick to note that social media links would be exempt in order to keep the traffic flowing. Hoping to get a better sense of who shares links and why, the NYT commissioned a study that breaks down the types of people who share links and offered an overview of some recent marketing campaigns that appeared to hit the “buzz” mark. The one big surprise—at least for those fully immersed in the worlds of Twitter, Facebook and now Google+—is that e-mail is still the most popular sharing tool.

Continue to read David Kaplan, paidcontent.org


Privacy - Zuckerberg no longer trackable on Google+

The Inquirer :: Mark Zuckerberg has lost his lofty position as the most popular Google+ user and appears to have dropped out of the rankings altogether. Zuckerberg was top of the Google+ ratings as late as Tuesday evening, and when we last looked had some 21,213 followers and 39 friends. Today he is nowhere to be seen and has been replaced by Robert Scoble, the man who confirmed to us all that this Zuckerberg was the real Zuckerberg.

Looks like Zuckerberg  has tightened up his privacy settings on his Google+ profile, making it harder for outsiders to track his action on the social network. 

More exciting for a follow up is, how Google+ will evolve in 2011. You remember?  - Nicholas Carlson, Business Insider, revealed Google's bonus plans for employees on Apr 7. He wrote that Larry Page "sent out a company-wide memo ..., alerting employees that 25% of their annual bonus will be tied to the success or failure of Google's social strategy in 2011." Let's see how Google+ will have performend end of the year.

Continue to read Dave Neal, www.theinquirer.net

July 13 2011


Your Google+ (Plus) guide - 15 tips for newbies

Huffington Post :: While Google+ has a slick design and Google clearly tries to make the platform as intuitive as possible, but your first few days with the new social network can still be overwhelming. You may expect to log in and immediately see all your friends' activity with no effort at all. Or perhaps you're looking for a Facebook clone in every sense. You'll find neither on Google+.

So many new terms - what exactly are these "Sparks" and "Circles? And what are the other key features of Google+? Craig Kanalley has prepared 15 tips for newbies.

Continue to read Craig Kanalley, www.huffingtonpost.com


Paul Allen: Google+ (Plus) to pass 10,000,000 users tomorrow

Paul Allen | Google+ :: Paul Allen's surname-based analysis shows that the number of Google+ users worldwide reached 7.3 million yesterday (July 10) – up from 1.7 million users on July 4th. That is a 350% increase in six days. He writes, that the userbase is growing so quickly, that it is challenging for him to keep up, since the number of users of any given surname (even the rare ones he's tracking) seems to be climbing every day.

More impressive than last week's growth is the astonishing growth in users from yesterday at mid-day to tonight -- a 30% jump.

Continue to read his post - Paul Allen, plus.google.com

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