Is G+ Putting Facebook On The Defensive? Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.
You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. If it’s not obvious yet, Google+ is going to be able to “undercut” Facebook when it comes to game developers and platform transactions. Instead of taking a 30% cut of all Farmville seeds (or whatever people are buying), Google will be able to take a smaller percentage for themselves. They may even take nothing. Google+ Mobile App (for Android) Review & Rating. Do Google services work best when used on Google platforms?
I was curious if that would be the case when I installed the a Google+ Mobile app (free) on an Android-based phone (Android being Google's mobile operating system). In fairness, Google's new social network, Google+, runs just as well on Android as it does as an iPhone app (free, 3.5 stars). It doesn't get special treatment on Android, except that when you download and install the app, you actually get two: the primary Google+ app and a separate app for Huddle, or group chat. The only other difference is that the interface on Android deviates slightly from what's in the iPhone app; the way the apps work is largely the same, however. Mobile apps are essential to the whole social networking experience. Part of this success comes from the design. How to Get Google+ Mobile App Start by locating the Google+ Mobile app in the Android Marketplace, and dropping it onto your mobile device. At one month, Google+ already a 'major player'
Google+ on Thursday hit its one-month birthday and is already a major social networking player, analysts say.
Google released its much-anticipated social network on June 28. Google+ quickly grabbed headlines, gained 10 million users in its first two weeks (and another 10 million since then) and had people seeking invitations to its field trial from total strangers. Oh, and it's gained a lot of interest in the much-sought-after and lucrative enterprise market. Businesses have been clamoring to set up Google+ accounts, even though the network has asked companies and organizations to wait until a business version is ready in a few months. "With tens of millions of users and Google behind it, Google+ has become a major player," said Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group. All of this fanfare and success means Facebook, which had been skating along with nary a serious rival, is having to make room for a new competitor. Chatroulette + Google Hangouts= PlusRoulette. Part of Google’s new social platform Google+ includes a group video chat feature called Google Hangouts, which is great for group video chat and sharing.
As my colleague MG Siegler wrote in his initial review of Google+, Google Hangouts attempts to solve the social problem of video chat by making it easy for you to let others know that you’re interested in chatting. You can share a piece of content, like a YouTube clip, and everyone in the Hangout can watch it together while talking about it. The feature is designed to create group chats (of up to ten people) within Circles on Google+. Of course it was only a matter of time before someone tried to add a Chatroulette-type of random functionality to the video chat service. Google Plus Has A Problem. Fear Not: I Have A Solution. Google Plus is terrific.
I don’t think it will ever be more than the Pepsi to Facebook’s Coke, alas, but it’s much slicker and better designed. It’s too bad that the service has sacrificed a pile of goodwill over the last week by repeatedly publicly shooting themselves in the foot. First there was the brands mistake. Google+ will let users conceal gender. The Ford Motor Company has officially decided that its gender is not male.
Nor is it female. On the Google+ social networking site, Ford lists it as "other. " That may not exactly be incorrect, but the bit of corporate awkwardness was the result of Google making two interrelated design decisions: first, gender can be only male, female, or other. Second, whatever gender is selected must be public. Until now. Frances Haugen, a Google product manager, announced the change in a post and video this evening that said it would take effect this week. Haugen said that asking for gender is useful to personalize Google+, especially in non-English languages with masculine and feminine word forms.
Five reasons why Google+ will succeed. Watch Twitter Explode: Google+ Invites Granted To Early Users. If there’s been a question I’ve been asked more than “do you have any Google+ invites?”
, I can’t remember it. And it’s only been a day! Sadly, I haven’t had any invites to give out. Google has decided they’re going to roll out the network very slowly. Or that was the plan. It now appears that early Google+ users (meaning the one who got access just yesterday) now have the option to invite other people. I realize that by posting this, I’m really asking for it. One big caveat: I have no clue if these invites grant immediate access, or if they’re simply a way for you to add friends you’d like to get invites — then they’ll be added to the waitlist.
A Review of Google+ Post by Craig Kanalley. Google+ Users Want App Store, Facebook Data Imports. What's next for the new Google+ social network?
If Google acts on its users' requests, the ability to export data from Facebook to Google+ might be one, as well as an app store. And one user already acted on his own request: a Chrome extension to export Google+ Stream posts to Facebook and Twitter. Announced Tuesday, Google's Google+ takes on Facebook in form and function. With LinkedIn serving as a social network for jobs, PCMag.com's hands-on found Google+ to be a social network for geeks, chock full of new features and social options. Even Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has joined Google+, although his profile page has just one update: a change to his profile picture. Within Google+, any comments attached to a public post are themselves public, and early users attached enthusiastic comments to two posts from Vic Gundotra, Google's senior vice president of engineering, with congratulations and feature requests.
Facebookoff tool? Invites, invites, invites An app store. What Your Business Needs To Know About Google+ Unless you’ve avoided the Internet over the past two weeks, you’ve probably heard about Google’s big play into the social web.
It’s called Google+, and it’s been labeled the search giant’s Facebook contender. That’s a modest assessment. Make no mistake. Google+ is aiming at Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter users. Google Plus Deleting Accounts En Masse: No Clear Answers. A striking number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours as the new social network struggles with its community standards policy around real names - alienating and frightening the people it aims to serve.
Removed but restored through influence is Limor Fried - AKA Lady Ada / Adafruit Industries: She was recently featured on the cover of WIRED Magazine. Google suspended Limor Fried “Ladyada” Google+ profile, no show-and-tell tonight… Her account has just now been mysteriously restored, though only after a groundswell of complaints. Suffice it to say, the rest of the deleted accounts will not have such well-placed advantages. Many have now been purged and not restored. The message I received this morning from the source in my previous Google+ article summarized it, Google+ suspended my acct "After reviewing your profile, we determined the name you provided violates our Community Standards.
" Just Like Facebook's Real Name Hypocrisy. Google+ business profiles to include analytics & more. If businesses can contain themselves for just a few more months, they’ll have much better Google+ tools than the ones that currently exist. In fact, Google will be unveiling specially tweaked profiles with analytics and more sophisticated sharing options, all coming during (or shortly after) Q3 2011. Businesses that don’t have the patience to wait for those features and instead jump into Google+ with a personal account will suffer a rather painful consequence; they won’t be able to migrate that personal accounts to a business profile.
Google isn’t building a migration tool, and it says switching accounts manually could get messy. In an exclusive interview with VentureBeat, a Google spokesperson confirmed, “There will be a product very soon that has businesses’ interests in mind… We want to give them the features businesses expect and the features that can improve the sharing experience both for consumers and businesses.”
In the meantime, Google is still asking businesses for patience.