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Turn Google+ Into Facebook

Turn Google+ Into Facebook | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The resemblance between the two social networks is uncanny — my Tweet-length opinion is that Google+ is like Facebook with a more usable, streamlined Photos and Groups interface (and that might be enough to win). Only time will tell.

In the meantime, for those of you who have the decidedly middle class problem of social network fatigue, there is a solution. Thanks to the unlimited creativity of humans, you can now actually make your Google+ look like Facebook, with the Google+ : Facebook Stylish extension or this CSS code.
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What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave | Gina Trapani in Smarterware

What Google+ Learned from Buzz and Wave | Gina Trapani in Smarterware | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I've been been watching Google flail around social web apps for a few years now, so what I appreciate most about Google+ is that it's a well-thought out product informed by past experience. The more I use Google+, the more I see just how many lessons Google learned from Wave and Buzz, such as:
- Don't launch a social product without email notifications.
- Field-test the hell out of a social product before public release, with real users.
- Don't mess with the Gmail inbox.
- Build a product for users first, not developers.
- Don't make a separate monolith or an invasive add-on.
- Launch with a great, functional mobile app.
- Launch with a stupidly awesome "Send feedback" mechanism.
- Don't make tech authors want to write a book about it
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Social is for sharing, not hiding - Jeff Jarvis

The meme about Google+ Circles is that it beats Facebook on privacy because it gives us upfront control over whom we share with. That’s true: Every time I share something I make a decision about whether to share it with the public or some of my circles. That is better, clearer, and easier than digging into Facebook’s settings once and for all to silo my world. It is better than not bothering to change those settings and depending on Facebook’s defaults, only to find them change and become more public. Google+ got to learn from Facebook and start with Circles to enable this difference.
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» My First Impressions Of Google+

» My First Impressions Of Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ seems to work like a kind of Twitter/Facebook hybrid that allows more control and looks great. There’s a nice quote by Shimrit at Epicenter, “On Facebook I overshare. On Twitter, I undershare. If Google hits that spot in the middle, we can revolutionize social interaction.” That sounds about right.

Lately, the groups feature on Facebook has been frustrating me. Anyone can “add” me to their groups and as a result, I get included in a new one almost daily–often on subjects I haven’t heard of. Emails arrive whenever there is group activity until I go in and unselect “to be notified when a member posts.” Not a fan of that particular quirk.
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So You Got a Google+ Invite... Inc. compiled witty tweets

So You Got a Google+ Invite... Inc. compiled witty tweets | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
As mainstream media struggles to grasp the phenomena that is Google+, the online hype machine has been furiously churning for days. And it's not just churning out rants. There are smart, informed, and self-consciously amusing comments about Google's latest debut. So, we compiled some of the most fascinating and funniest Tweets and other online comments in hopes that the wisdom of the crowd here can illuminate some of what you'll need to know about Google+.
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Why Google+ is like FarmVille: Will it take off with younger users? | ZDNet

Why Google+ is like FarmVille: Will it take off with younger users? | ZDNet | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I have heard absolutely zero from my friends, student colleagues and my Generation Y counterparts about Google+.

Google seemed to forget the intrinsic problem with social networks. You need people using it for it to be “social”. At the moment, I only have a few colleagues, no way of inviting my friends, and a social network without friends is pretty anti-social.

It’s FarmVille all over again. Google+ is like FarmVille.
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Google Plus Temporarily Exceeded Capacity | AnsonAlex.com

Google Plus Temporarily Exceeded Capacity | AnsonAlex.com | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
If you’ve been invited to Google Plus and are receiving this message, don’t worry. Google is only allowing a certain amount of people to join at a time right now.
Once the queue is filled for a particular block of time, they put new sign ups on hold even if you’ve been invited. This is only a temporary hold and within the next couple hours you should be able to use your invite and start using Google +!
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The technology behind Google+ Hangouts

The technology behind Google+ Hangouts | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's new Hangouts video chat service is one of the most interaEver since Google started to roll out its Google+ project on Tuesday, many of its users have been particularly excited about its group video chat service Hangouts. I agree, but not just because it’s fun and easy to use. The real kicker is the technology that powers the service. Even in its infancy, Hangouts is an interesting cloud service. But in the not-so-distant future, it could evolve into a standards-based video conferencing solution that runs natively in many browsers and on a whole range of devices.esting features of its Google+ project.
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"The Google Minus Project" - Parody of Google+ Video Says Some People Don’t Matter

"The Google Minus Project" - Parody of Google+  Video Says Some People Don’t Matter | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's social networking thingamajig Google+ is less than three days old and already its introductory video has become the subject of mockery.

“The Google Minus Project” video above goofs on Google+’s big talk about bringing people together by reminding us that we still like to trash-talk and exclude people from our circles, and that there are certain people we couldn’t give less of a crap about, either online or off.
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Google+ Is No Facebook | PCWorld Business Center

Google+ Is No Facebook | PCWorld Business Center | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I reluctantly decided to dive into Google+ and see what it's all about. I am jaded by Google Wave and Google Buzz, and I don't really have time to start building an entire social network from scratch again, but I have an obligation to at least be familiar enough with a service like this to offer some advice. So, here it is: stay away from Google+.
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Google+ Invites Forced To Shutdown - Impressions shared through Twitter

Google+ Invites Forced To Shutdown - Impressions shared through Twitter | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
As people started to get invites and use the service, they used Twitter in many cases to communicate their opinions about it. That may not have been the exact plan at Google, but the reviews are positive in most cases.

The biggest thing everyone likes is the drag and drop ability to move your contacts into their appropriate "Circle" – friends, family, acquaintences, follow are in the start up categories, but there is a button to add additional custom groups.
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10 Ways Google+ Just Copied Facebook - Business Insider

10 Ways Google+ Just Copied Facebook - Business Insider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
We put together some side by sides of Facebook and Google+ that prove Google doesn't think Facebook is too broken. See for yourself how uncannily alike the two products are.
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Hangout Is Breakout Feature Of Google+, When Will Facebook Match?

Hangout Is Breakout Feature Of Google+, When Will Facebook Match? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Last night I had my first experience with Google+ Hangout, the video chat feature that allows up to 10 people to talk simultaneously. Bradley Horowitz (pictured below in the big window) announced a public Hangout and very quickly the room filled up. People were waiting in line to get in.
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Google+ could make Twitter the next Myspace

Google+ could make Twitter the next Myspace | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
There are numerous comparisons between Google’s new Google+ social offering and Facebook, but most of them miss the mark. Twitter’s position as a broadcast platform for 21 million active publishers is a much more achievable goal for Google to reach.

There are two different types of social networks, private and public — each defined by its default privacy setting. Facebook is by default private and meant to connect actual friends. Twitter by default is public and anyone can follow anyone else. Google+ is decidedly in the Twitter camp.

Although Twitter is growing (having just hit 200 million tweets a day), Twitter has left itself open to be displaced with a slow pace of adding features. Even newly returned founder Jack Dorsey has said that it was too difficult for “normal” people to use Twitter.
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Carefully collected stories on 3 Topics. One of them: The Google+ Project - Myrstad's Blog

Carefully collected stories on 3 Topics. One of them: The Google+ Project - Myrstad's Blog | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I believe Creation & Curation are two sides of the same coin. So this time I am curating good content. On 3 Topics: The Google+ Project, The Social Media Expert Debate & The New Social Journalism.

Shared on The Google+Project:
100 Google+ news, Pros and Cons
12 “Hands-on” articles on #Google+
10 Experts on the #Google+ Project
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Get Ready for Google+ Games - Mashable

Get Ready for Google+ Games - Mashable | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
It looks like Google has some big features planned for Google+, including a Google Games product.

Google invested more than $100 million in Zynga last year. The investment was designed to be part of a larger partnership, sources have told us. That partnership, we believe, will culminate with the launch of Google+ Games. And you can bet that Google+ will prominently feature games from the social gaming giant.

We doubt it will be long before we learn more about Google+ Games. Zynga is expected to file for its IPO in the next few days, and we bet there will be a few references to what kind of partnerships it’s exploring with the search giant.
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Dear Google, where the hell is my Google+ invitation? | ZDNet

Dear Google, where the hell is my Google+ invitation? | ZDNet | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
By a show of hands, how many of you received a Google+ invitation? Well, I didn’t receive one nor did anyone I know. And, I know a lot of high-profile writers, authors and various pseudo-celebrities. But, none have one. No, not one. To snub someone like myself, who is such a huge Google fan, is almost too appalling to discuss in a public forum. But, I’ll try.

I should have received one of these highly valued, golden ticket invitations because, after all, I’m a writer, a book author, a podcaster and a columnist. I’m almost famous, dammit.
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Google+ and the Entropy of Social Media

Google+ and the Entropy of Social Media | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ is the latest weapon in our war against entropy, against chaos. Better information streams, closer and more relevant circles of relationships, stronger real-time connections to people we care about and actually know (notice I didn’t say brands – they will be a part of this too, but how or even if they should remains to be seen.)

Google began as a way to organize the world’s information. Now it wants to organize the world. It’s taking the Entropy Effect head on and of course it wants to win.

Facebook isn’t Google’s competition, nor is Microsoft (client) or Twitter or Yahoo! or any other company or social media service. In this case, they are all on the same team. Google’s enemy is entropy. Its nemesis is the underlying force of the universe itself, of order vs. chaos.
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Google Plus Puts Out a Call for Developers

Google Plus Puts Out a Call for Developers | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google Plus doesn't have a public API yet, nor has it announced when one will be available. But if you want to find out about future developer opportunities, Google has a mailing list you can sign-up for to receive more information in the future.

Developers are already clamoring for an API, which is a good sign for Google Plus. Mohamed Mansour commented "Would be nice if there was a Google+ API. I would have made a Buzz to Google+ importer today."
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How to Invite Friends to Google Plus (+) Social Network | AnsonAlex.com

How to Invite Friends to Google Plus (+) Social Network | AnsonAlex.com | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I’m not usually one for quick posts but I think this deserves it. I got my invite to Google Plus last night and since have had a lot of people asking how to invite friends.
Here is the easiest way to invite or add friends / people to Google Plus:
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Engadget: Google+ code reveals intent to unleash Games and Questions to the social world

Engadget: Google+ code reveals intent to unleash Games and Questions to the social world | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Having a difficult time getting your honeydew list checked off because you're trying to level up in Mafia Wars? You may want to just chuck the whole sheet of paper in the trash. Buried deep in Google Plus' source code are a few curious references to at least two new services that may very well be destined for the invite-only social networking suite.

The first is Google Games, the tech giant's first venture into the world of social gaming. Also on the company's white board is Questions, a likely love child of Google's $50 million acquisition of Aardvark.
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8 ways in which Google Plus can be a Facebook Killer! | GooGeZ

8 ways in which Google Plus can be a Facebook Killer! | GooGeZ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google Plus is not aimed to be a Facebook killer, actually. But here are 8 ways in which Google Plus can be a Facebook Killer:

1- Privacy!
2- Easier Sharing
3- Perfect Combination
4- Facebook is over!!!
5- Apps?
6- Business?
7- Google is experienced
8- Huddle!
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Google+ Invites: Get Access to Google's New Social Network [CONTEST]- Mashable

Google+ Invites: Get Access to Google's New Social Network [CONTEST]- Mashable | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The contest is simple: comment on this article (the comments are below) and answer this question: Why do you want a Google+ invite? We’ll choose our top 25 favorite answers (possibly more) and send those people invites from the Mashable Google+ account.

We will do our best to send out invites to Google+ tonight, but it may take us some time to send them out.
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Google+ Sees First “Privacy Flaw,” Will Fix

Google+ Sees First “Privacy Flaw,” Will Fix | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The Financial Times has identified a “privacy flaw” within Google+: re-sharing. A privately shared post or picture can be subsequently re-published or shared by the recipient to any of his or her Circles or the entire world. This would potentially thwart the privacy “settings” or objectives of the original creator of the post.

Google is aware of the problem and says that it will address it.
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Google+ for Android app (hands-on) -Engadget

Google+ for Android app (hands-on) -Engadget | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Given the number of apps Google's made available for smartphones, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that it's taken its suite of social networking services direct to the mobile world as well. As soon as Google+ was officially announced, an app was ready for download in the Android Market and a web app became available for Safari for iOS (with its full offering to the App Store coming soon).
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