Looking for tools to grow your presence on Google+? Check out the list below. Social media is always changing, so new services pop up weekly. As a result, this list cannot be exhaustive. I plan on ...
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Robin Good: If you have not yet dived into the Google+ universe, here is a curated set of welll-written guides and illustrated tutorials to learn all of the basics.
Via Jaana Nyström, Robin Good
Social experiences require multiple players and so does safety. We all need to do our part. These resources are here for teens, parents, and teachers to learn more about how to use Google+ in a fun, smart, and safe way. We’re glad you are here!
Via Gust MEES
If you were waiting for Google to release a screen-sharing feature inside the Hangout real-time collaboration platform, that time has come.
In the next 48 hours Google will be rolling out to all Google+ users the ability to screen-share during any hangout session.
From Christopher Johnson G+ post: "When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users.
We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design ( http://goo.gl/gG1NA ).
- Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.
- Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements."
Via Robin Good
This is massivley COOL and TY again to Shirley Williams!!
Two weeks ago today, Google released “Ripples” for Google+ and most of the world went on with their daily activities. Personally I thought it was just another one of those features that was interesting but nothing I could really use. That was until this Whiteboard+ video which I filmed with Rand. Both Rand and I were blown away at the amount of data a Ripple gives you and what you can do with it.
What is a Ripple
The definition of a “ripple effect” is: a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event. When it comes to Google+ a Ripple is an interactive diagram that shows how a Google+ post spreads as it’s shared by users. You can find the Ripple of any public post using the dropdown to the right of the post...
Via Martin Gysler, Shirley Williams (appearoo.com/ShirleyWilliams), Martin (Marty) Smith
This is an insightful piece by Jon Evans for Techcrunch
Intro: He asks.....
"Is this a contrarian view? I can't even tell any more. On one hand, Google Plus now has 40 million users, it's the fastest-growing social-networking site in history, and its users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos."
Here's what caught my attention:
Can Facebook seamlessly do both, and be all things to all people?
Maybe, but that’s not the direction they’re going.
****Ironically, they’re doing things “the Google way,” betting on sweeping algorithmic solutions with their Smart Lists and Top Stories,
****while Google seems to be building G+ “the Facebook way,”
****around personal curation and social selection.
****The key difference is that, as moot aka Christopher Poole said the other day,
****our identities — and our relationships — are prisms rather than mirrors, multi-faceted rather than black & white.
Google Plus acknowledges this in a way Facebook doesn’t, and that’s a big part of why I believe it will ultimately succeed.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Google+ Watch"
Google+ users have in the last few days increased by almost 30% with 2 major events providing the catalyst to its growth. Facebook making significant changes that has angered users and Google+ opening its platform to the public.
According to a survey being run on Mashable, 78% of users hate the new changes.
Users to Facebook who don’t like the changes are venting their anger by using the hashtag #newfacebook on Twitter when making their feelings felt in 140 character bursts. If you want to watch the comments fly by in the Twitter stream, then check it out… it makes interesting reading.
The timing is apparently working well for Google+ with Paul Allen estimating that the Google social networking has grown by 30% in just two days. Paul’s estimates of Google+ growth are based upon solid sampling methodologies that have proven to be very accurate in the past.
Facebook announced some major changes last week including significant modifications to its profile pages at the annual F8 Developers Conference.
Just a few days before that announcement Google+ decided to open its doors to the general public. I don’t think that is a coincidence!
The conference and some of the changes were already publicly known and Google was well aware of the conference timing.
The timing is apparently working well for Google+ with Paul Allen estimating that the Google social networking has grown by 30% in just two days.
From Google's official announcement: "Today we're excited to launch Hangouts On Air to Google+ users worldwide.
With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to: Broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, to your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
Record and re-share. Once you're off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.
Of course, launching millions of live stations takes some doing, so we're rolling out Hangouts On Air gradually, over the next few weeks."
Some very good news, that many of us in education been waiting on for quite a while. Having facility to combine video conferencing with broadcasting and publishing will really extend what is possible in collaborative learning spaces for schools, colleges and educational projects around the world.
Official announcement: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/google-hangouts-on-air-broadcast-your.html ;
Find out more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.
Via Robin Good, theo kuechel, Heiko Idensen
"Google has today unveiled details and started rolling out a new video via web cam feature to its Google+ social networking site.
The new share video via web cam feature now enables Google+ users to create videos directly from their web camera within their Google+ accounts.
N.B.: Google is currently rolling out the new update across all Google+ users, but explains that it might take a couple of days for the new feature to hit your account."
Via Efraim Silver, Robin Good
Excerpted from the article: "How much of an issue is this?
It's a seriously large issue, because it immediately limits what I see to a small subsection of my actual world.
I'm not seeing content from all my contacts, just those that Google chooses to show me.
If you think that there are anti-trust implications in this you would be right.
Only those contacts of mine who are active in Google+ are showing up, and this is one of the reasons why I have been encouraging people to get G+ accounts and to become active in that arena.
I don't like it, but Google is essentially doing its best to force everyone into that service. As long as Google remains the key search engine out there, and as long as we continue to use it, we're going to have to play by their rules.
Now, if this just hurt other social networks, I probably wouldn't have that much of an issue, but it doesn't, it hurts me. This is not a helpful service at all.
Now, you can argue that I'm making a fuss over nothing, since I can simply click on the world icon and see everything back to normal again.
That's true, but we've only got half the story so far.
What happens when I try and use Google without being logged into my account - when it doesn't know who I am, or anything about me?"
Find out by reading the full article: http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2012/01/why-google-search-plus-is-a-disaster-for-search.html
Via Robin Good, Antonino Militello
Today we’re pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays. Some of these were on nearly everyone’s wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises. These features will be rolling out over the next couple of days, and we hope you’ll find them useful this holiday season and beyond.
- Pump up (or down) the volume!
- More useful and attractive notifications
- Improvements to Google+ Pages
- A more beautiful and usable photos experience
Via The New Company, Matmi
Google+ had a hot start, but has since cooled down. For a lot of people, that means ignoring Google+. I want to warn you that is a bad idea.
Although the lights are on and it seems like nobody is home, trust me: there are people there. And they are the very people who can have a huge impact on your blog and business.
Why Google+ isn’t going anywhere
Google+ is designed to draw you away from both Twitter and Facebook. And in time, it could do this.
Yes, Facebook has over 800 million users. People like to state that number and then say “Facebook isn’t going anywhere.” Fair enough. But people do migrate. It happened to AOL. And it could happen to Facebook. In fact, former Facebook president Sean Parker says influencers are already moving from FB to Twitter and Google+.
Via Martin Gysler, Steven L. Johnson
Post by Jeff Bullas very interesting observations
"The Google+ Project has drawn the innovators and early adopters into its web and it is producing activities that have surprised myself and others."
In 1962 Everett Rogers published the book “Diffusion of Innovations” where he synthesized research from over 508 diffusion studies and produced a theory that proposed 4 main elements that influence the spread of an idea.
1. The Innovation
An idea, practice or object that is perceived as new
2. Communication Channels
The means by which messages get from one individual to another
The relative speed with which an innovation is adopted by members of the social system
4. The Social System
The people that are engaged in joint problem solving to achieve a common goal
He also outlined the following adopter categories that reveal the percentages of the types of participants that are involved in the innovation cycle.
Are we surprised by this? What are the benefits and the downside for us as participants?
Good piece by Matthew Ingram Sr. Writer for Gigaom..........
By now it’s become fairly obvious that Google’s new social network, Google+, is here to stay (unlike some of the company’s past efforts at being social): depending on which estimates you believe,
**Google+ may have as many as 50 million registered users, which is not bad for a three-month old product.
And the company has made it clear that it wants to use Google+ as a kind of identity platform for other things — hence the importance of its controversial “real name” policy.
**But it wasn’t obvious just how much was riding on the new network until recently, thanks in part to some comments made by vice-president of product Brad Horowitz, who said that in the future, Google+ and Google will effectively become inseparable.
Here's what caught my attention:
"Tying all that to my real name and my Google+ posts is another step down the road towards a potential personal privacy debacle.
**That’s the problem with the kind of ubiquity that Google wants for its Google+ network, and the downside of trying to copy (and improve on) a giant social network like Facebook: along with all of the benefits comes the risks and the inevitable backlash as well
**— and for a company that is already under investigation by the FTC for how far its reach extends, that may be a bit more than even Google can handle.
What do you think?