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  • PopCap And Wooga Pull Games From Google+

    PopCap And Wooga Pull Games From Google+

    Less than a year after the debut of gaming on Google’s social platform, Google+, two game developers are pulling their titles. Bejeweled Blitz, a popular game owned by Electronic Arts‘ Pop Cap divsion, and several titles from Wooga, the maker of games for children, will no longer be available on the Google+ social network. Read More

  • To Fight Off Airtime and Google+ Hangouts, Facebook Tests Adding Video “Call” Button To Profiles

    To Fight Off Airtime and Google+ Hangouts, Facebook Tests Adding Video “Call” Button To Profiles

    Desperate to increase video chat usage, Facebook is testing out a “Call” button  on top of people’s timeline profiles. I don’t think I’ve received a Facebook video chat since Facebook partnered with Skype to launch the feature a year ago, but now that might change. If a friend is online on the desktop version of Facebook, those in the test see a… Read More

  • With Its New Google+ iPhone App, Google Finally Gets It Right

    With Its New Google+ iPhone App, Google Finally Gets It Right

    Some people just love Google+ and others just hate the company’s efforts to create a social network and a social layer across all of its services. Google itself seems to be pretty happy with the results it is getting from Google+ so far – or at least that’s what the company is saying publicly. No matter your overall feelings about Google+, though, Google’s new… Read More

  • Want To Broadcast Live On YouTube? You’ll Need A Google+ Account For That

    Want To Broadcast Live On YouTube? You’ll Need A Google+ Account For That

    This morning, Google officially rolled out Google+ Hangouts On Air to all users worldwide, following the feature’s limited introduction back in September. At the time of its initial release, this live broadcasting feature allowed top Google+ users (like celebs) to stream live video feeds directly to their Google+ fan base. The service kicked off with a Google+ Hangouts stream from… Read More

  • Google+ Launches Share Button, Ignores That Few Users = No Referral Traffic = No Installs

    Google+ Launches Share Button, Ignores That Few Users = No Referral Traffic = No Installs

    Blogs and content sites are only willing to give up valuable real estate and clutter themselves with social sharing buttons if they get ample referral traffic in return. That’s the big problem with the Google+ Share button that launched today with no launch partners or live examples of it in use. The embeddable button for posting webpages to the Google+ news feed with an optional comment… Read More

  • Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade

    A recent post by a defecting Googler (at his new and previous home, Microsoft) suggests that a fundamental reordering of Google’s priorities has made it far less than the company it once was. A sudden comprehension of the danger posed by Facebook’s ever-expanding platform caused the company to enter a sort of berserker state, focusing solely on reinventing social while neglecting… Read More

  • Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back

    Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back

    Ad targeting. Google+ is designed to power ad targeting, and for that it only needs you to sign up once. This lets it combine the biographical information you initially enter such as age, gender, and places you’ve lived with your activity on Search, Gmail, Maps and all its other products to create an accurate identity profile. And this powers targeting of more relevant ads it can charge… Read More

  • Your Google+ Is In My RSS Feed! No, Your RSS Feed Is In My Google+

    Your Google+ Is In My RSS Feed! No, Your RSS Feed Is In My Google+

    If there’s one thing wrong with Google+ it’s a lack of a real non-browser interface. There are workarounds and widgets, but there’s never been a real way to pull your G+ feed into a more comfortable format. While many would complain that RSS isn’t even close to a comfortable format, it’s bettern’ nuffin’. That said, a new free service called… Read More

  • Google+ Now Open To Teens 13 And Up

    Google+ Now Open To Teens 13 And Up

    Google is opening up its social networking service Google+ to teens as of today, according to a post from Google’s VP, Product Management, Bradley Horowitz. The move puts the network in closer competition with Facebook, which also requires that individuals be at least 13 year old before creating an account. Says Horowitz, everyone who’s old enough for a Google account (13+ in… Read More

  • Find Out Which Brands Are Winning On Google+ With ZoomSphere (Hint: Android is #1)

    Find Out Which Brands Are Winning On Google+ With ZoomSphere (Hint: Android is #1)

    Facebook has AppData, Twitter has Twitaholic, and now Google+ has its own independent brand page rankings site: ZoomSphere. It shows which brands have the most followers, activity, +1s, shares, and comments, and slice the data by time, page category, and country. Oddly, the site doesn’t rank user profiles like SocialStatistics does — just brand pages. Still, by augmenting its… Read More

  • For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    That’s a good thing because Google+ missed the starting gun. And its “invite only” launch strategy saw all its disconnect users flailing independently. But in the long run that might not matter much, because Google+ doesn’t need a critical mass or tons of engagement. It needs signups so it can get its identity layer under users of its other products. That way it can… Read More

  • Circles Volume Slider Differentiates Google+ As The Social MacroNetwork

    Circles Volume Slider Differentiates Google+ As The Social MacroNetwork

    Google+ has found its place in the social network ecosystem: Twitter is the interest network, Facebook is the social network, Path is the micronetwork, and now Google+ is the macronetwork. With the new Circles volume slider, you categorize people and then adjust the presence of those entire sets of people in your main stream. This lets you efficiently consume updates from across… Read More

  • Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    Google+ To Take On Foursquare With Upcoming “Check-in Offers” Feature

    It looks like Google+ is adding a feature that will allow users to “check-in” via the Google+ mobile application in order to receive a time-sensitive deal or discount. This feature is mentioned in Google Places’s help documentation, but has not yet been made available to business owners using the Google Places service. Read More

  • Turkeys and Robots Don’t Matter, G+ Buttons On Google Doodles Matter

    Turkeys and Robots Don’t Matter, G+ Buttons On Google Doodles Matter

    People are all caught up in today’s Google Doodles but for all the wrong reasons. Yes, there’s a customizable turkey for the US and a fun sci-fi game for Europe. But did you notice the G+ button hovering below the turkey? Google is now using its most visible, accessible, viral element to get people to sign up and share on Google+. If worked into future Doodles, this could be… Read More

  • Google+ Rolls Out YouTube Integration, New Chrome Extensions

    Google+ Rolls Out YouTube Integration, New Chrome Extensions

    Google is shipping more Google+ features today designed to increase user engagement and sharing. These include a YouTube slider that lets you watch and share YouTube videos with your Google+ friends and two new Google Chrome extensions for sharing webpages and tracking your Google+ notifications. Read More

  • And Here It Is: The New Google Reader Revealed

    And Here It Is: The New Google Reader Revealed

    Today, Google is rolling out its update to Google Reader which features the promised user interface overhaul, and, more importantly, the new Google+ integration. Now, Google Reader users can “+1″ items directly from Google Reader to share it with their friends on Google+. This feature now replaces the “Share” and “Share with Note” options previously present. Read More

  • I Believe In Google Plus

    I Believe In Google Plus

    Is this a contrarian view? I can’t even tell any more. On one hand, Google Plus now has 40 million users, it’s the fastest-growing social-networking site in history, and its users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos. On the other, Google is mum about how many of those users are actually active; some say that its traffic has declined significantly from its peak; Google’s own… Read More

  • After Accidentally Public Rant, Google Engineer Follows Up With A Homage To Jeff Bezos

    After Accidentally Public Rant, Google Engineer Follows Up With A Homage To Jeff Bezos

    Remember Google engineer Steve Yegge’s long rant about his past experiences at Amazon and his current employer’s own issues with creating platforms on Google+ (which he dubbed a “knee-jerk reaction” and a “pathetic afterthought”? If you haven’t read it yet, it’s well worth your time. Yegge has now followed up on his… Read More

  • “For Those Who Don’t Want To Believe”

    “For Those Who Don’t Want To Believe”

    I feel uncomfortably like a prophet. In January, and again last week, I wrote about the prospect of UAVs used as weapons by terrorists; yesterday a man was arrested who “planned to attack the Pentagon using ‘small drone airplanes’ filled with explosives and guided by GPS.” In August I wrote about omnipresent mobile phones turning the world into a panopticon… Read More

  • Tools vs. Toys: Why The Timeline Changes Nothing

    Tools vs. Toys: Why The Timeline Changes Nothing

    Yesterday Erick and I had an interesting discussion about Facebook vs. Google+ and I came down on the side of G+. Why? Because tools are important, toys aren’t. Granted Facebook’s 500 million visitors a day proves me wrong in numeric terms, but in general usability and quality, I’m coming reluctantly down on the side of Google Plus. As you well know, Facebook won the… Read More