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Bill Gross is the founder of prolific business incubator Idealab and its Twitter app builder and buyer Ubermedia ; he's wrangled with Twitter headquarters over access to the Twitter API and reportedly tried (unsuccessfully) to outbid Twitter to acquire leading desktop Twitter client Tweetdeck .
Google CEO Larry Page headlined Google’s earnings call today and of course revealed some interesting statistics on Google’s most recent product, Google+ .
Why it might succeed
In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There’s friends and family, of course, but there’s also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we’re loyal to, and the TV shows we can’t stop watching (to name a few). So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people.
Notable Silicon Valley tech blogger and startup consultant Louis Gray is finally turning his passion for Google’s products and services into a career. Gray has just accepted the position of Product Marketing Manager on the Google+ team, an evangelist role involving the promotion of Google’s new Facebook competitor, Google+ . The role is loosely defined, but will involve working with Google+ engineers to improve the product, setting future goals for Google+, and, most importantly, promoting the social network whenever and wherever possible.
Lady Gaga appears with Google's Marissa Mayer.
The Google+ Ecosystem is Slowly Expanding – Even Without an API Google+ doesn’t currently offer an API , but that isn’t stopping developers from trying to offer Google+-related apps and services. Given how fast Google’s new social network is growing, it doesn’t come as a surprise that developers are working hard to get a head start in developing services for it, even without Google’s support.
How much is social worth to Google? Investors added $20 billion to Google’s market cap the first week after the launch of Google+ on June 28. A Morgan Stanley downgrade on Friday, brought the total down to $15.8 billion because of doubts whether Google will indeed be able to capitalize on new products such as Google+.
Guide updated January 18, 2012 Google+ : It's the hot social network on the block.