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<img src="http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/isgoogleplusthehackerspace.jpg?w=600&h=517" height="517" width="600" border="0" hspace="2" vspace="2" alt="Isgoogleplusthehackerspace" /> On June 28th, 2011 Google released the Google+ social network (“Real-life sharing rethought for the web”) via invite-only and limited field testing. At this time it’s still not 100% open for anyone to join, as they test their new service, but more and more people are joining, many of them makers, hackers, engineers, and electronic hobbyists. On July 14th, 2011, Google announced it reached 10 million users in its first two weeks (as of 7/19/2011 they’re up to about 20M ).
With the beta release of Google+ this past week, the global tech community is already ruminating on how the new service might be a "game changer" for social media. A plethora of new features - including a video chat platform for up to ten people - ensure that Google+ will be a success, at least in certain circles. Along with the initial excitement, concerns about the platform are arising, particularly around its privacy and user policies. In 2010, Google launched social platform Buzz, only to face a class action lawsuit over its exposure of users' email contacts (full disclosure: the organisation where I work, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, was among the recipients in the settlement). While so far, there have been few complaints - and in fact, heaps of praise - as to how Google+ has dealt with privacy, there are concerns as to what happens when a user runs afoul of the platform's Terms of Service.
I remember Myspace . We speak of it now like it died in a war, but it’s actually still out there if you care to gaze upon it . It was and remains the social media equivalent of a GeoCities website: everything is blink tags and glitter fonts, tropical vomit and chrome skulls. Like Metallica rode in on a pack of My Little Ponies and got thrown into a wood chipper, and the chipper sprayed the guts up onto our screens. Then?
<img class="aligncenter" title="google_plus_music" src="http://evolver.fm/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/google_plus_music-591x398.jpg" alt="google+ google plus music facebook spotify sharing youtube social" width="591" height="398" /> Google’s social network, Google+, is late. Facebook has a big lead, having ousted MySpace, which in turn deposed Friendster, the site that started us all on this path towards recreating our social fabric as a network of connected personal nodes.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- If Google+ wants to be the next Facebook, it has to capture the key demographic that drove Facebook's early growth: college students, who blast out status updates and multimedia messages about as often as they blink. The new social networking venture is still in trial mode with a limited number of users, but a swarm of twentysomethings are already kicking its tires. It's the features that Google ( GOOG , Fortune 500 ) pitches as unique -- the detailed privacy controls of "Circles" and the "hangout" group video chat -- that have college-aged users the most intrigued. "The ability to have more control over who sees my profile and activity is certainly a major plus," Harsh Sinha, a finance and computer science major at New York University, says of Circles.
If you are like me, getting started on Google + has been a little slow. I have people adding me to their circles all the time but don’t know who I should add to my circles. I have found that hand picking your Google + stream can create a wonderful flow of content, creativity and inspiration. Unlike my “all following” stream on Twitter which flows quite quickly (yes I have made lots of smaller lists to track different groups), this is a curated list of celebrities and real people, following a wide variety of topics and interests that I hope will bring something new to your Google + experience. Here are some recommendations for interesting, engaging folks on Google +:
Google+ VS FaceBook , Twitter etc...