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Google aims to "connect" users with shared interests - Ars Techn

Google aims to "connect" users with shared interests - Ars Techn
Google is improving its service aimed at providing websites with social networking features by making it easier for users with shared interests to connect with one another. The company has announced a number of new features for its Google Friend Connect that center on collecting and utilizing information about a site users' interests. The new features start off with a several ways to poll users for information about their particular interests. From your Friend Connect account, you can create a poll to ask your users site-relevant questions about what they are into. Site owners can use the data to create and send customized newsletters to users based on their stated interests. Here's a sample of the data you might collect if you ran a site about electric guitars. Google Friend product manager Mussie Shore explained the inspiration behind the new features using a comparison between seeing someone on a subway car versus seeing the same person in a guitar shop. Related:  collaboration

Identity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter Yahoo! announced this morning that it is adding Facebook Connect across many of its properties. This afternoon Google Friend Connect announced the inclusion of Twitter as a top-level log-in option. These moves will be convenient for users, but may not be good for the future of the web. People have always said that Google does what's good for the web, because what's good for the web is good for Google. The Importance of Identity Identity is a very important matter online, particularly as everything becomes more social. Facebook and Twitter are becoming big Identity providers. The Rest of the Identity World But there are far more parties in the world of Identity than Twitter and Facebook. Those small players, people working on things like OpenID, ActivityStreams, the distributed social graph and other components of distributed, independent and interoperable social networking - those players may have been sold down the river by today's deals between Yahoo and Google and Facebook and Twitter.

Global 500 pharmaceutical company boosts retention of MBA candid We have another client on the record. Here's our latest case study detailing a project that a global 500 pharmaceutical company launched with ProtoSphere. We don't have permission (yet) to use their name, so we scrubbed the case study of all identifying elements. Other than that, everything documented here is real and in the customer's own words. We have a nice graphically designed version coming, too, but we wanted to share the data with you now. Once we have permission to use our client's name, we'll post an updated case study here.Global 500 pharmaceutical company boosts retention of MBA candidates with 3-D social network powered by ProtoSphere Customer name A global 500 pharmaceutical company Industry Pharmaceuticals Situation Recruiting and retaining MBA candidates with leadership potential is essential to the success of any company in the life sciences arena. The company’s executive project manager was charged with developing a more efficient and consistent process.

Google Search Operators - Search Help You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise. Google Search usually ignores punctuation that isn’t part of a search operator. Don’t put spaces between the symbol or word and your search term. A search for will work, but site: won’t. Search social media Put @ in front of a word to search social media. Search for a price Put $ in front of a number. Search hashtags Put # in front of a word. Exclude words from your search Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. Search for an exact match Put a word or phrase inside quotes. Search within a range of numbers Put .. between two numbers. Combine searches Put "OR" between each search query. Search for a specific site Put "site:" in front of a site or domain. Search for related sites Put "related:" in front of a web address you already know. See Google’s cached version of a site Put "cache:" in front of the site address.

10 Team Collaboration Techniques for 2010 | Online Social Networ Dec Ivana Taylor, consultant and author of the marketing blog, Strategy Stew, presented 10 Must-Do Marketing Tips for 2010 in the OPEN Forum Idea Hub for Innovation. Reading through Ivana’s tips, I stopped at “Productize Your Services: It’s much easier to understand and purchase something that looks like a product.” This task has been on my list for a while, but now I feel compelled to tackle it sooner rather than later. During 2009, I focused on researching, analyzing and blogging about social networking sites and social media paradigms. Here are ten of the many ways we might be able to collaborate in the year to come: Brainstorming - Teaching each other and working together to find creative solutions to problems. I can envision collaboration strategies such as these benefiting teams in a corporate setting as well. Please share your ideas below before you go. If you’d like to collaborate, send an email with “Collaborate” in the subject to collaborate at braunersolutions dot com.

Google+ Is Walking Dead Today, Google’s Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years. The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+, Gundotra’s baby and primary project for the past several of those years. What we’re hearing from multiple sources is that Google+ will no longer be considered a product, but a platform — essentially ending its competition with other social networks like Facebook and Twitter. A Google representative has vehemently denied these claims. “Today’s news has no impact on our Google+ strategy — we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos.” According to two sources, Google has apparently been reshuffling the teams that used to form the core of Google+, a group numbering between 1,000 and 1,200 employees. As part of these staff changes, the Google Hangouts team will be moving to the Android team, and it’s likely that the photos team will follow, these people said.

9 Great Document Collaboration Tools for Teams This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. With cloud computing continuing its reach into areas once dominated by desktop applications, it's a great time to consider how your business could benefit from online collaboration tools for producing great documents. Whether it's a proposal, press release, manual, or other type of communication or documentation, there are some great and relatively easy to use tools out there to help your team prepare it. We've looked at the bigger picture in team collaboration tools before, including everything from private group messaging to shared contacts to project management. Wikis Wiki software allows multiple users to collaborate on interlinked web documents relatively easily using a WYSIWYG editor or a lightweight markup language. Collaborative Document Editors Google Wave More small business resources from Mashable:

Gillmor Gang: Call Forwarding The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — record a midweek Wednesday edition after Apple and Facebook earnings calls but before Microsoft’s the next day and Google+ chief Vic Gundotra’s resignation. Microsoft posted good numbers against the backwash of the Post-PC decline, but Google claiming the Vic news had no impact on the Google+ strategy was pure spin doctor. The Gang seems comfortable with Apple numbers setting the table for a Wearable Winter, if you can count an iWatch as meaning both something on the wrist and Apple TV as an extension of the AppStore. With Facebook perhaps moving away from the status update stream and toward private messaging as a way to reclaim the high school set, the stage is set for a good old fashioned showdown between Web and Apps. Forget Net Neutrality, it’s all about Native Neutrality. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dbfarber, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Live chat stream

15 Free Tools for Web-based Collaboration No man (or woman) is an island – and this statement can’t be any truer if you’re a designer or developer. Though paid/subscription services like Basecamp and Zimbra are great, individuals strapped for cash have a ton of alternatives that provide similar (if not better) features. In this article, you’ll find 15 free tools to help you facilitate remote/web-based collaboration. Whether you need basic whiteboarding/brainstorming tools or fully-featured project management applications – you should be able to find a tool or two that’s worth checking out. Google Docs Google Docs is an excellent application for collaboration. Stixy Stixy is a flexible, online “bulletin board”/drawing board. Project2Manage Project2Manage is a fully-featured, free, hosted solution for project management and collaboration (similar to Basecamp). is a free, web-based application for collaborative brainstorming. Dabbleboard Dabbleboard is a robust, online whiteboard that’s easy to use. Protonotes Twiddla

Google wants to make sure you know that it scans you emails Good news! Google is stil scanning your emails, but at least now they're asking permission. As of Monday, Google has updated its terms of service to explicitly inform Gmail users that it is in the habit of scanning their personal emails for the purposes of providing target advertisements, custom search results, and other features. The revised terms of service now state, "Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.” The revised user agreement is most likely a result of an ongoing case, in which Gmail users have accused the tech giant of infringing on their privacy. The consolidated multidistrict case, brought before the Norther California U.S. This week's update is the first to Google's terms of service since last November.

The 10 Best Collaborative Web Tools for Business | Business Pund This is a blog post by Drea Knufken. Desktop software may soon be a thing of the past. This is especially true in collaboration applications–the kind project managers and work groups use. Web-based solutions from SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) providers are quickly replacing networked office servers. The reasons are compelling. To name a few: * Secure, remote access from anywhere with an Internet connection * Lower software costs * Little to no setup costs * No need for technicians to setup * No long-term commitments * Centralization * Compatible with any operating system * No updating * No patching * No backing up * Add new users instantly * No computer dependence What are My Options? Ready to try a web-based approach? 10. Features: * Microblogging * Group creation * Company social network * File attaching * Email integration * RSS feeds Pros: * Creative setup process * Clean, simple interface * Very easy to use * Well-executed microblogging * Desktop, mobile clients * API Cons: Overview: Price: