The One Google Plus Feature Facebook Should Fear
There’s been quite a bit of talk about how Google ripped off some of Facebook’s features with its new social network, Google+. But it seems the biting goes both ways. Now, a group of four Facebook engineers have launched an unofficial Facebook app called “Circle Hack,” which allows users to organize their friends into lists in a near-identical fashion to the “Circles” tool in Plus — one of our favorite features. Since Circle Hack works in exactly the same way as Circles — even if it’s graphical interface isn’t quite as pretty — anyone who’s already on Google+ should know exactly how it works. Since Plus is still technically closed to the general public (though there are a few ways around the wall), we’ll give you a quick run-down on how it works: Go to the Circle Hack Website, where you are presented with a white, no-frills landing page. Facebook engineers copy Google+ with ‘Circle Hack’ app Facebook engineers copy Google+ with ‘Circle Hack’ app
Google+ Ad On Facebook Is Banned Google+ Ad On Facebook Is Banned What happens on Google+, stays on Google+. At least that’s the way Facebook would like to see things. Web developer Michael Lee Johnson found that out the hard way. He was trolling for Google+ friends on Facebook by running a Facebook ad asking people to add him to their Circles on Google+.
Screenshot At today's introduction of Facebook video chat, Mark Zuckerberg didn't want to appear too cocky about Google+, the search giant's recently launched competitor. Mashable's Ben Parr asked him directly about Google+, and here's more or less what he said (it's a rough transcript -- not precise): I'm not going to say a lot about Google+, we've all only spent a little time on the service....The last five years have been about connecting people, the next five years are about connecting apps. We'll see a lot of companies who haven't looked at social begin to build it into their apps. Not just Google. Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Google+ Won't Beat Facebook (Yet) Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Google+ Won't Beat Facebook (Yet)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joining Google+ was at a major media event, with everyone from Forbes to The Daily Mail covering the fact that the founder established a Google+ profile, building Circles that include former Facebooker Dustin Moskovitz and current Facebook CTO Bret Taylor. While many were doubtful that the real Zuckerberg would join a competing social service, tech blogger Robert Scoble texted Zuckerberg himself to confirm, tweeting out “Name drop moment. Zuckerberg just texted me back. Zuckerberg Surprised That People Are Surprised He’s On Google+ Zuckerberg Surprised That People Are Surprised He’s On Google+