October 14, 2011
Let’s be honest, Google Buzz was a failure for what it intended to do. With the launch of Google Plus, Buzz became a redundant service that has little use and has almost none of Google+’s features. Google just announced today a new initiative to direct more focus on Google+, and less on Google’s other social services.
Over the next few weeks, Google Buzz and its API will be permanently shut down. Existing content will be archived on the user’s Google profile and backups can be downloaded through Google Takeout.
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October 8, 2011
Did it ever occur to get too many Google notifications at once? Or too hard to manage all the activity? A recent Google Plus update will give you the edge over those troubles.
A new settings is added in the options to let you to set who will be able to send you notifications. Continue Reading →
October 5, 2011
An old feature from Google Plus is the ability to disable commenting and lock down a post after it’s published, allowing you to keep your friends from sharing the post to others, or to prevent comments on a post.
Starting today, it’s now possible to adjust those settings before the post is posted, allowing you to fine tune the posts. You can choose to change those preferences in the new drop box next to the share bar. Check out this video to see how: Continue Reading →
October 1, 2011
Google just opened its first retail kiosk in London, UK as an effort to promote Google’s Chromebooks running on ChromeOS. Called the Chrome Zone, Google hopes to help consumers choose and purchase the right chromebook for them. Unlike Apple Stores or Microsoft Store, the Chrome Zone is only a kiosk inside a branch of PC World.
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September 28, 2011
by Guest Poster
Search engine optimization helps you in getting your web page on the search engine’s search results. When your website gets listed high in the search engine results, it becomes easier for you to get increased number of visitors to your website. This will help you in earning higher revenues with time. So, search engine optimization or SEO is really important for your website. From the day when these strategies were discovered, various changes have been going on to develop more advanced strategies to better optimize the websites.
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September 27, 2011
It’s been around a week since Google’s social network went public for all. How has the announcement affected Google+ use and popularity? Here’s some stats on the state of Google+, a week after it was made public:
According to Hitwise, visits to Google+ climbed up to 15 million U.S. visits, from 1.1 Million the week before. That’s an astonishing 1269% increase! That places Google+ in the top ten social networks in terms of traffic. Continue Reading →
September 20, 2011
For the last 90 days or so, Google+ has been in what Google calls the “Field Test” phase. That means the service is subject to problems at any time and only people with an Google+ invitation could sign up.
Starting from today, anyone can sign up on Google+ as they wish. Google just announced on the official Google blog that the registration process is now open to anyone with a Google Account. Although it may look like a sign of a finished product, Google states that ”We’re nowhere near done” and Google+ is only moved from Field Test to a Beta status.
It may seem underwhelming for some, as Google should have opened the gates when the hype was higher. The good news is that quite a few additional features are presented at the same time as this message. Here’s some of them: Continue Reading →
September 16, 2011
Developers, do you want to create websites and utilities based around Google Plus? Now you can with the release of a limited version of the Google+ API. Google has released extensive APIs for many of its products, but Google+ was unfortunately left out until now.
Before this release, the most you can do to integrate Google+ with your web app is to add one of those +1 buttons. Now, the API enables you to do a whole lot more with your Google+ users.
Right now, the API is rather limited compared to other social network’s API. It has read-only access to the Google+ system, this means you can only retrieve elements such as profile information and activities. It’s not much, but it’s a good start for a limited (and beta) API. Facebook’s API, for comparison, allows for much more access and allows read and write access.
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September 11, 2011
One major downside with Google’s handling of profiles is the horrendously long and complicated URL that is assigned to you. Right now, the only “official” way to access your profile is through a long string of numbers like https://plus.google.com/106268503834064085453. It’s not pretty, and it’s extremely hard to remember unless you have magic memory. Unfortunately, Google+ currently offers no option to enable a shorter, custom URL like Facebook(http://facebook.com/username) and Twitter(http://twitter.com/username). Continue Reading →
September 2, 2011
Twitter users may have found it difficult to follow celebrities and other popular figures on Google+ due to it’s lack of suggested people to follow. When you sign up for Twitter, you will be greeted with a huge list of celebrities to follow, making it very easy to find and to connect with various stars.
Now, something very similar is being implemented to Google+, according to a tweet by Google’s Vice President of product:
We’re about to pilot a ‘suggested user’-like mechanism on Google+. If you’ve got more than 100k followers on Twitter, DM me – lets talk! Continue Reading →