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While there are already countless articles about Google+ and many more sharing up-to-the-minute statistics to emerge from the burgeoning network, I reserved my thoughts until now.
Google+ has crashed the social media party.
If, like me, you are watching Google+ fever spread across the twitternets with a mixture of bemused fascination and eye-rolling annoyance, read on.
I’ve been writing a lot about Google+ , but that’s partly because it’s a very interesting social network environment, and it gives me a lot of opportunity to study a social network at its birth. Once you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook or wherever for a while, you take for granted what it was like in the beginning.
CIO — While Google's ( GOOG ) new social network, Google+ , is barely a week old, it's already received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community. And as with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential. Here's a look at five important Google+ privacy settings that let you manage who can email you directly, how you're notified of Google+ actions, how to disable the Google+ service, and more.
Most critics believe Google+ is gaining popularity online, but at least one study figures Google's latest social experiment is growing at rates that rival Facebook's. The search giant's two-week-old social network, currently in a limited field test, reportedly grew by 350 percent between July 4 and July 10 from 1.7 million users to 7.3 million.
Two ways Google Plus will change how nonprofits connect with their supporters – Social media marketing for small non-profitsIf you’re reading this and work for a nonprofit, don’t waste your time with Google Plus – especially if your peanut butter is already spread too thin . However, if have time and you’re the curious geek type, go for it! As Andy suggests, “Experiment Personally then Apply Professionally” .
New social networking service Google+ is taking on Facebook – but is this the search giant’s electric wok moment?
Yes, you read that correctly.
It’s only been two weeks since the launch of Google+ , but already there are “millions” of users, according to chairman Eric Schmidt . Beyond that ballpark figure, Google has not disclosed any user or usage numbers. But Ancestry.com founder Paul Allen has been publishing his own estimates of the growth of Google+ (on Google+ itself).
Marshall Kirkpatrick, Technology Journalist » Google Plus’s Real Goal is Not to Kill Facebook, but to Force it to OpenI’ve been so focused on the user experience of Google’s new social network Plus that I haven’t thought very much about the big picture, I must admit. Listening tonight to an interview with Plus designer Joseph Smarr on the IEEE Podcast it became clear to me that for at least some of Plus’s leadership the goal is not to win social networking outright, or to kill any competitors, but to disrupt the social networking economy with a big enough, good enough and popular enough service that the walled gardens (Facebook in particular) are forced to open up interoperability enough that their users can communicate with the significant enough number of people in their lives that use a different social network.
For a long time, I’ve used Twitter to help pull together ideas. Since jumping on Google+ however, I’ve found that so many more people respond, and that there’s a great range of potential answers given to questions.
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 .
You can't get any more social then taking care of bodily functions in public places. Whether it's men lined up at urinals or ladies collectively freshening up their make-up - water closets or restrooms are about as social as you get. Ironically, hanging out together privately in designated places might be the bull-eye that gives Google+ the competitive edge - heretofore dominated by Facebook.
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