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Pete Cashmore: G+ has succeded in exploiting weaknesses of Facebook. Hopes for FB improvements.

Pete Cashmore: G+ has succeded in exploiting weaknesses of Facebook. Hopes for FB improvements. | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Facebook remains a behemoth, but G+ has actually succeeded in exploiting a couple weaknesses of FB that I didn't really notice until an alternative was presented:
1. Poor handling of friend lists
2. Friend decay
3. Confusing privacy controls
4. Facebook groups

Ultimately I hope that Facebook pays attention and improves its own services -- that'll be great for consumers.
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Mark Zuckerberg's Value Problem: "My" Facebook Profile Was A Fraud, So Was Warren Buffett's

Mark Zuckerberg's Value Problem: "My" Facebook Profile Was A Fraud, So Was Warren Buffett's | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Facebook may think it's too cool to honor the web's social contract. It may believe its image says "we are the Borg," but to me it says "we are the slobs," and we're not interested in running a business. Facebook's attitude is futile, and I won't be assimilated.

Facebook will have a hard time keeping its inflated stock market valuation--currently roughly $84 billion for its privately traded shares--once investors face up to its flawed business model. For my part, I can say that if you ever see a profile of "me" on Facebook, it will be another impostor.
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Google+ tightens the privacy a bit more

Google+ tightens the privacy a bit more | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
This is a nice move by Google: if you disable resharing on a post, it also disables the ability for users to add +mentions to the post. It wasn’t a big issue, and it was one that Google debated internally for a while, but they ultimately decided to block it for the sake of user privacy.
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Google+ forces us to question who owns our digital identiy | Dan Gillmor, Guardian.co.uk

Google+ forces us to question who owns our digital identiy | Dan Gillmor, Guardian.co.uk | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Dan Gillmor: Are enthusiastic users of social networking sites giving up too much control?

Control, ownership and value are inextricably linked, but having one does not necessarily boost another. Exposure on a site you don't control may be worth more to you than lack of attention on a site you do. And you may find the social and professional connections you make and enjoy on third-party sites so useful that they're worth what you are giving up. But it's worth weighing the tradeoffs.
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Privacy policies: Google+ vs. Facebook - Digitaltrends.com

Privacy policies: Google+ vs. Facebook - Digitaltrends.com | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Of all the comparisons between the two, how the privacy differences between Google+ and Facebook stack up might end up being the most important.

While Google+ is still in its early days and things are likely subject to change, here’s an introductory look at how it sizes up against Facebook when it comes to guarding your information.
- Readability
- Customization
- Tags
- Photos
- Circles vs. Lists
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Google+ demands your real name: Pseudonyms suspended - SlashGear

Google+ demands your real name: Pseudonyms suspended - SlashGear | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ users who refuse to list their real names on the social network could see their accounts suspended, as the company pushes to relegate pseudonyms. Katie Watson, Senior Manager of Global Communications & Public Affairs at Google, told New World Notes that the search giant is “working with people to change their profile to include their real name.
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Why Google+ Is The Best Thing to Happen to Facebook | Judy Shapiro, AdAge

Why Google+ Is The Best Thing to Happen to Facebook | Judy Shapiro, AdAge | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
An Opportunity to Respect Consumers by Giving Them Tools to Manage Their Digital Privacy.

The Facebook we know seems tone-deaf to the range of negative public sentiment that any high-profile company should be able to read expertly (especially one preparing for a $100 billion IPO). One cannot help but recognize that today's seeds of discontent portend a possible groundswell shift as soon as a viable option appears -- "big announcement" notwithstanding. The pathetic $35 million sale of MySpace should serve as a dire warning to Facebook. As should the decade-before-its-time moonshot of TheGlobe.com.

"Nah," you say, "Facebook is too big, too entrenched." It does seem inconceivable but a broader perspective gives us a different take.
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Google+: And You Thought Facebook Is a Privacy Nightmare

Google+: And You Thought Facebook Is a Privacy Nightmare | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google is opening Google+ to more users as private invites remain available to existing users. There have been hiccups, and the population remains very limited, but Google is already facing privacy concerns that can only grow as more users enter the stream.
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More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real?

More Celebs Show Up on Google Plus, but Which Ones are Real? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's social networking service Google Plus is so new that it currently lacks a verification system for user accounts. This isn't a big deal for most users, of course, but it can be an issue when someone famous signs up.
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Google+ Privacy: A Closer Look

Google+ Privacy: A Closer Look | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
While generally privacy experts have praised Google+ for its work in keeping your data under lock and key if you want it to, the service in its early beta form is certainly not perfect.
Here are the three areas in which privacy issues with Google+ cause the most concern.
- Blocking individuals
- Google's Ad Business
- Photographers' Rights Limited
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4 Possible Privacy Issues to Pay Attention to in Google+ « Google+ Insider's Guide

4 Possible Privacy Issues to Pay Attention to in Google+ « Google+ Insider's Guide | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
4 Possible Privacy Issues to Pay Attention to in Google+
1. Mandatory Public Profiles
2. Comments Are as Public as the Post They Belong To
3. Even Circles Can Be Confusing
4. People You Share With Can Reshare To Their Own Circles
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Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to Know

While Google's new social network, Google+, is barely a week old, it's already received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community. And as with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential.

Here's a look at five important Google+ privacy settings.
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Google with some tighter privacy on picture - Shimrit Ben-Yair,Google+

Google with some tighter privacy on picture - Shimrit Ben-Yair,Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Shimrit Ben-Yair - Product Manager - Google - California with an update related to public profile picture or scrapbook photos.

Thanks for all the great feedback everyone! We're paying special attention to privacy-related issues, which is why we're rolling a new improvement to Google+ over the next few days.

Changing your public profile picture or scrapbook photos will no longer generate a public post to the stream, just to the people you have in your circles. So only people in your circles will engage in discussions about the photos you post.
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Here's How Paranoid Google STILL Is About Facebook

Here's How Paranoid Google STILL Is About Facebook | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google researcher Paul Adams, now working at Facebook, wrote a book about the idea of the circles in collaboration with Google called Social Circles. In June 2010 Google gave him permission to publish it.
Then news about Google+ (then rumored to be called Google Me) began to leak.
According to a blog post from Adams this week, Google freaked out and took back its permission in July.
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Does Google+ solve the privacy problem or make it worse? - GigaOm

Does Google+ solve the privacy problem or make it worse? - GigaOm | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
In a recent Quora post, former PayPal and Facebook engineer Yishan Wong argues that the way Google+ is structured actually makes the privacy of the service worse than Facebook in practical terms, and this could be exacerbated for those who don’t make full use of Circles. Wong’s main point is that Google+ makes a lot more of your activity public by default because it is structured as an “asymmetric” network like Twitter — in other words, people can follow you without you having to follow them — rather than a symmetric one like Facebook where following has to be reciprocal.
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Today On Google+: Top Users Hide Followers, Gender Can Be Hidden & How Google+ Is Built!

Today On Google+: Top Users Hide Followers, Gender Can Be Hidden & How Google+ Is Built! | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Below is today’s top news relating to Google+, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.
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Own your identity – Marco.org

Own your identity – Marco.org | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
In many ways, we’re better off: publishing online is far easier, less time-consuming, and more accessible than it has ever been, which has brought content, voices, and consumers online that wouldn’t have been otherwise.

But all of these proprietary networks that want to own and hold in your content are reversing much of the web’s progress in some other areas, such as the durability and quality of online identity.

If you care about your online presence, you must own it.
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Google+, Guess Who Gets The Rights To Your Content

Google+, Guess Who Gets The Rights To Your Content | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ is indeed providing a wonderful approach to social networking with its fresh new tools such as multi-video conferencing, circles, and sparks that have proved to be quite useful or even entertaining.

However, there are some things you should know before joining and if you are a photographer don't let that hype carry you away into joining reckless
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Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to Know

Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to Know | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Whether you're lurking around Google's new social network or are already actively using it, knowing your Google+ privacy and security settings is essential.

1. How to Prevent Anyone on Google+ from Emailing You
2. How to Selectively Disable Post Resharing on Google+
3. How to Disable Google+ Email Notifications
4. How to Export Your Google+ Data
5. How to Quit Google+
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Google Plus Sucks (And Here’s Why)

Google Plus Sucks (And Here’s Why) | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I contend that businesses and brands need to be transparent if they want to engage in social marketing campaigns. With Facebook and Twitter, this is relatively simple — and the value of transparency applies just as well to you and me (and it should). The clique-based philosophy of sharing on Google+ will only limit my ability to consume information, and that’s not fine with me — not on a social level, and certainly not on a professional level (where knowing what’s new in tech is crucial).

Can Google+ get better? At most, it can go in a different direction. Google+ sucks as a way to find and share news today, and I hope it doesn’t take away from Facebook and Twitter as the primary tools we use to discuss and discover new ideas.
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The internet's private enterprise. Where information is money, and information is power | Carne Ross, Guardian

The internet's private enterprise. Where information is money, and information is power | Carne Ross, Guardian | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Carne Ross: How far can we trust the corporations that profit by the personal data millions of us disclose online via social networks?
On the internet, as elsewhere, information is money, and information is power. So why have we given it away so lightly?
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Is Google plus public or private? It's neither, and both! - Post de Dave Gray

One thing I find very interesting in the "Google plus debates* is that people seem concerned about two things that seem to be in opposition:

1. Some people are concerned that they will lose the kind of serendipity they see on places like Twitter, where [almost] everything is public.

2. Some people are complaining about the unwanted "noise" from people they don't know that is cluttering up their streams.

What G+ is doing here, I think, is trying to give us something that allows us to be as public or private as we want to be -- to give us more control over that.
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Google+ Post Privacy Settings Explained

Google+ Post Privacy Settings Explained | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I See You! Understanding the post-privacy settings in Google+ helps you understand who sees what.
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Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to Know

Google+ Privacy: 5 Settings You Need to Know | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
As with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential.
Here's a look at five important Google+ privacy settings that let you manage who can email you directly, how you're notified of Google+ actions, how to disable the Google+ service, and more.
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Five privacy settings you need to know about in Google+

Google has done a great job building privacy into Google+. From the circles to the sharing, it’s been very well thought out.
However, privacy isn’t a simple thing. To that extent, Google has given you quite a few options to adjust the privacy of your account to your liking. NetworkWorld has written a nice post that explains how to tackle five privacy features that you need to know about:
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