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Photographers on Google+ A Curated Streamed List Via Trey Ratcliff - via @TreyRatcliff

People are starting to use Google+ in different creative ways. Trey Ratcliff made a streamed list in Google+ of Photographers. Photographers could "Me" themselves and put their contact info in the stream. People could then pick and choose and make their own Circle of Photographers to follow. Ratcliff occasionally re-shared the original post, with the updated photographer updates, in his public stream. On Saturday, Nearly 400 photographers had shared their Google+ contact info in the stream.
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Google Plus: Will Businesses & Brands adopt it?

Google Plus: Will Businesses & Brands adopt it? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Will Google Plus be adopted by Businesses & Brands?
I would say, YES – but adoption may be slow!

Facebook, is a great place for businesses and so is Twitter – It really helps brands to interact and share with their fans & followers. Facebook’s Business & Community pages have made huge positive impact on Businesses world-wide. On the contrary, Google Plus currently looks like it has been purely targeted at individuals (and it might change as it matures).

Google Plus adoption for Brands & Businesses might be slow initially, but over a period of time, it will surely catch on. It will be a place where Brands can put up their profiles, their “+ses” and it will be accessible to anyone and everyone without having to actually “follow” the brand.
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Google+ Cost $585 Million To Build (Or What Rupert Paid For MySpace) - Forbes

Google+ Cost $585 Million To Build (Or What Rupert Paid For MySpace) - Forbes | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Phil Terry, a good friend, Web veteran, fellow lover of the classics and the cofounder of Creative Good, a user experience business, has put together some back of the envelope calculations for how much Google spent to build and launch its new social networking service Google+. The number happens to be eerily close to what News Corp paid for MySpace all those years ago.
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Spam messages promise Google+ invites, deliver drug ads

Spam messages promise Google+ invites, deliver drug ads | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
It's the hottest invitation in technology right now -- an e-mail telling you how to "learn more about Google+." If you get one, though, be careful about clicking on it. It may be spam.

Security vendor Sophos says that pharmaceutical spammers have recently started to cash in on the popularity of Google's Facebook alternative by pushing out fake invitations to the Google+ social service.
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New Images Suggest "Shared Circles" Coming Soon in Google+ - Stay N Alive

New Images Suggest "Shared Circles" Coming Soon in Google+ - Stay N Alive | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
In a recent blog post (language), Florian Rohrweck uncovered some new images hinting at the possibility of sharable Circles to others you want to share to in Google+. Such functionality would be comparable to Twitter Lists, which anyone can subscribe to.

Looking at the image names, each one starts with "shared_circle", providing open, closed, and highlighted versions of each, and an icon representing the circles. It would seem that Google+ is readying a way to let you share certain circles of yours that anyone can subscribe to and view. This would completely replace just about every feature Twitter has of benefit (other than perhaps the 140 character limit and SMS interface if you call those benefits) - it will be interesting to see what happens as more and more Twitter users get Google+ accounts.
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9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect for data privacy.

When people ask “can Google+ beat Facebook?” they’re misstating the question. It’s not about one site versus another site. Google+ is bigger than that. The reason Google calls it the “Google+ Project” is that Google+ will become a central part of Google’s whole identity. It will reshape the company. So the real question is “can Google beat Facebook?” Put that way, the contest seems a lot more even.
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Social Networking Showdown: 8 Facebook Features Google+ Doesn't Have (Yet) - PCMag

Social Networking Showdown: 8 Facebook Features Google+ Doesn't Have (Yet) - PCMag | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The biggest difference between Facebook and Google+ is that your friends are already signed up for Facebook. Everyone's already at that party. Additionally, people have a history with Facebook and have invested a lot of time into uploading and tagging photos, saving notes, playing games.

Take a look at these eight things Facebook can do that Google+ doesn't (yet).
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Google+: An Introductory Tour From Jason Falls / Exploring Social Media

Google+: An Introductory Tour From Jason Falls / Exploring Social Media | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Jason got in to use Google+ this week. He tinkered and played and then recorded a screen cast lesson to show us the basic setup and use. Here's his first take on the new sharing network from Google.
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Facebook Engineer Builds Google+ Inspired Facebook Hack

Facebook Engineer Builds Google+ Inspired Facebook Hack | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
With many asserting that Google+ is heavily Facebook influenced, Facebook Engineer Vladimir Kolesnikov has flipped the switch and taken inspiration from the novel Google Circles design with Circlehack, a much simpler tool to build Facebook Friend lists.
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Scumbag Google - Imgur

Scumbag Google - Imgur | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Imgur is used to share photos with social networks and online communities, and has the funniest pictures from all over the Internet.
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Google Executives Throw Themselves Into the Google+ Fray

Google Executives Throw Themselves Into the Google+ Fray | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google Executives Throw Themselves Into the Google+ Fray. For larger companies, such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, it is not as common to see executives directly involved with the project working with users in real time to answer questions and resolve issues.

Mr. Horowitz, who was also involved with Google Buzz, said that it was not uncommon for him to join discussions about product introductions to try and answer questions and give feedback.
“Obviously in a launch like this, for a product like this, direct engagement is the best and most important means of understanding what’s working and how to prioritize features,” he said.
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Why yo momma won’t use Google+ (and why that thrills me to no end) - Robert Scoble

OK, I’ve been putting many hours into Google+. Your mom won’t use Google+.

So, what is Google+ for then?
It’s for us!
Come on now, we geeks and early adopters and social media gurus need a place to talk free of folks who think Justin Bieber is the second coming of Christ. That’s what we have in Google+ right now. Do we really want to mess that up?

That all is a long way of saying that I really love Google+ and I don’t care what the average user thinks of it. I’m getting a ton of utility out of it and I am having a blast with it. Hope to see you there soon, but please leave yo momma over on Facebook, OK?
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Google Plus invite like a “diamond,” proves Facebook and Skype hate growing?

Google Plus invite like a “diamond,” proves Facebook and Skype hate growing? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
According to a recent post by Google’s Senior Vice-President of Social Vic Gundotra, the company is currently facing an "insane demand" of customers wanting to have their very own Google Plus account.
Another evidence that Google Plus is gaining momentum is the eBay entry selling a Google+ invite. According to TechCrunch, Google+ invites are being sold for up to $75. That’s almost a $100 for a service that looks like Facebook, LOL.
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The Unofficial Google Plus Blog: Top 10 most wanted features in Google Plus

Top 10 most wanted features in Google Plus from the unofficial Google Plus Blog.
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Facebook Friend Lists suck when compared to Google+ Circles

Facebook Friend Lists suck when compared to Google+ Circles | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Facebook Friend Lists lets users group friends under different lists; family, co-workers, etc., so that you can share things with subsets of your overall Facebook friends. As in real life, you don’t share everything with all the people you know, and with the Friend Lists feature you can emulate that. Sounds very similar to Circles right?

The problem with Friend Lists is the poor usability of this feature. Unlike Circles, you get the feeling that this feature was tacked on, and that it’s not a central component of the service. Creating and assigning people to Circles in Google+ is a lot easier and friendlier than managing Friend Lists, just look at this video from Google which gives you a good overview of how the Google interface handles this.
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Facebook Fatigue Could Help Google+

Facebook Fatigue Could Help Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Are you starting to tire of Facebook? Facebook users have grumbled about irritations with the site for years now, but there are some indications that they may finally have reached a breaking point.

A recent survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index found that Facebook was the 10th most hated company in America. Customers are less satisfied with Facebook than they are with utility companies or even huge financial institutions like Bank of America.

I don't think there's any real mystery to why users want an alternative. Facebook has given users plenty of reasons to be upset over the years. The company has been notorious for sudden updates that raise major concerns about user privacy. Facebook's general strategy with these updates has often been that it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission
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a simple equation - Why Google+ could be the RIM PlayBook

a simple equation - Why Google+ could be the RIM PlayBook | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
For all the things that Google+ is great for, the one thing that stands out to me is that it seems to have missed what Facebook has become. Facebook is truly a platform and it’s not just because people share content with each other. The apps, the ubiquitous Connect, business pages, and the ease of which people can pull content from other systems is important. Facebook is its own ecosystem, and it’s not just a social network anymore, despite how easy it is to simplify it down to that term.

Getting people to leave behind their neighborhood (Facebook) is a tough thing to do. In fact, fighting Facebook on that turf may be a losing proposition that Google can’t win. That being said, I do like Plus and I’m intrigued.
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Google Release New Spam Bot In Form Of Google Plus - David Naylor

Google Release New Spam Bot In Form Of Google Plus - David Naylor | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Testing of the Google Plus site has revealed that the latest offering from the online giants is a cloaked version of a spam bot that potentially is going to cause issues for millions of online email users.

So where does the problem arise?
The fact that Google Plus allows non Google Mail accounts to be placed into the contacts list within the site has opened up a huge security issue for email users based on the fact that Google have allowed you to share anything that you wish with huge contact lists, regardless of whether they use Gmail or not.
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Why Google Plus Circles Rockets Past Facebook's Social Graph

Why Google Plus Circles Rockets Past Facebook's Social Graph | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
As people, we differentiate our relationships. The lack of modeling the nuance in relationships is what's made services like Twitter an increasing failure as a social network as it's become more popular.

Even Facebook isn't immune to this. Sure, there are lists, but does anyone believe that addresses this problem in a meaningful way?

That's why I'm enthused about Google Plus and its model of social circles. My biggest fear? That people who are joining Google Plus will ignore this chance to categorize your "friends" based on your actual relationship with them and just drag and dump everyone into their friends circle, thereby negating this powerful capability.
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6 Things Google+ Can Do That Facebook Can't - PCMag

6 Things Google+ Can Do That Facebook Can't - PCMag | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Tbe new and exciting ideas that Google has germinating in Google+ come down to cliques, or friends grouping off into smaller subsets. That's a radical departure from Facebook, which does have some ability to put friends into different buckets, but not in a way that's central to the overall experience.

From there, Google+'s innovation comes in the form of how these circles of friends interact: video, mobile group chats, sharing and discussing content only within a circle that has a shared interest, and so on. What has Google dreamed up that Facebook, after several years in the big leagues, hasn't? We found six big ideas that may very well rock the social networking boat.

See 6 Things Google+ Can Do That Facebook Can't.
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How to : Clone a Circle in Google+ | Tech18

How to : Clone a Circle in Google+ | Tech18 | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Cloning your circle is decently faster than copying members from one group to another in Facebook. Following are the 5 simple steps to clone and create all new circles out of existing one.
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Google+: The Pros & Cons - via Mashable

Google+: The Pros & Cons - via Mashable | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
We were curious about what early Google+ users thought about Google+. So we decided to ask a circle on Google+ about what they believe is good and bad about Google+. And they delivered: we got more than 100 responses about the pros and cons of Google’s new social layer.
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Google+ contributor and Mac pioneer talks with CNET (Q&A)

Google+ contributor and Mac pioneer talks with CNET (Q&A) | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
A core feature of the new Google+ service is Circles, which makes it drag-and-drop easy to build 'circles' of friends in the browser. Meet Andy Hertzfeld, the man behind Circles--and the original Mac.

One thing I just want to make clear is, I feel a little bad that I've actually gotten too much credit as the designer of Google+...I feel more comfortable saying I'm the designer of the Circle Editor, which...even though I had help from other people, I really was the driving force behind that. I was not, really, for the entire Google+, and I'd just like to make sure that the superb UI team that we have here does get credit for their work.
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Google+: “Early adopters” r a myth to me. The real people that matter r all narcissistic. Comme des Fuckdown

Google+: “Early adopters” r a myth to me. The real people that matter r all narcissistic. Comme des Fuckdown | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
“Early adopters” are a myth to me. They can praise a new product or service, speculate or critique it, but the real people that matter are all narcissistic.

Real people don’t tweet about what they’re doing online, they tweet about the things they’re doing in the physical world, they post pictures with friends at clubs or sports games or concerts, they invite people to their birthday parties and BBQs, they let you know who they’re fucking (or not fucking anymore) with a status update of a little pink heart and want to do it all with as little digital friction as possible.

So the attempt to create digital metaphors for human interaction (Hangouts and Huddles on Google+) is as tired and convoluted as a rappin’ toothbrush selling Crest because the American Dental Association thinks they “get it,” it doesn’t simplify or solve any problem for the average person, it’s just more complexity and wasted time.
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Google+ invaded by multiple Mark Zuckerbergs

Google+ invaded by multiple Mark Zuckerbergs | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
How many Zuckerbergs does it take to make a Google+? And how many of them can be fake or fleeting? In the past 24 hours, at least three profiles bearing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's name have appeared on Google+, Google's take on the social network: "Fake Zuckerberg," "Mark Zuckerberg" (started today), and "Mark Zuckerberg" (started yesterday).

Twitter is all over it. The first Zuckerberg, which showed the social-media mogul smiling and talking trash, now returns a page-not-found error (here's a tweeted screen grab). Fake Zuckerberg was also short-lived (tweeted screen grab). The second Zuckerberg profile is still up, but silent--no posts.
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