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Google+ for Android Is Like Having Facebook, iCloud and GroupMe in One App - Casey Chan on Gizmodo

Google+ for Android Is Like Having Facebook, iCloud and GroupMe in One App - Casey Chan on Gizmodo | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+. It has a legitimate chance to be really good. But like any other budding social network, a good app is a requirement. Google+ for Android looks to combine features I use from other apps into one single portal. Awesome.
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Wondering why Google+ actually looks good? Thank Andy Hertzfeld. - TNW Google

Wondering why Google+ actually looks good? Thank Andy Hertzfeld. - TNW Google | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google is not known for great design. That’s not to say that minimalist design cannot be great design.

But Google+ and all that falls under its umbrella looks good — really good. The trademark minimalism is still present, but it’s been done with style (is that contradictory?) and is something to be appreciated.

That’s because interface designer Andy Hertzfeld, member of the original Apple Macintosh team, was given free reign over design decision
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Google+: Facebook for people who don't like Facebook

Google+: Facebook for people who don't like Facebook | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Where Google+ differs is philosophy: while Facebook wants you to share everything with everyone, Google+ recognises that the labels we put on our social relationships are often more complicated than a simple "friend". Its solution is "Circles", which lets you place people into distinct groups and only share items with them, keeping your drinking buddies separate from your co-workers and hopefully avoiding sending drunken photos around the office.

Segmenting your network isn't a new idea, as Facebook lets you do the same thing with its group privacy settings, but Google's approach seems more user-friendly, a natural metaphor for the social circles we move in every day.
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What does Google+ Mean for Schools? - Apps User Group

Google recently announced the launch of their new socially-oriented group of services called Google+. The suite of products clearly is designed to compete against Facebook, the reigning champ of social. Currently most schools spend a lot of energy blocking or discouraging use of Facebook in school. Will the same happen to Google+, or will Google’s healthy relationship with education help open the door to social media in the K-12 world? In this article we will take a look at how Google+ could be used in schools for both students and staff.
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Does the Google interface remind you of Facebook? - You are not the only one.

Does the Google interface remind you of Facebook? - You are not the only one. | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
There’s no question about it: Google+ genuinely looks good. But, as thousands of people have already noted and joked about, it also really does look a lot like Facebook.
UX designer and consultant UXboy agrees, and put the two interfaces side by side to showcase just how much the entry pages of both services look alike.
Judge for yourself.
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Aggregation Is Invisible In Google+. Thank Goodness. Louis Gray

Aggregation Is Invisible In Google+. Thank Goodness. Louis Gray | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
While I once was a major proponent of aggregation products that pulled from many corners of the Web, the value downstream is vastly diluted, and adds to noise.

In posting to Google+, it´s not about pulling from somewhere else, but adding direct value. Photos, video, links and location. That´s it. No aggregation to be found.
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Google+ Breaks Out of the Social Box, Ready to Score Users -  Louis Gray

Google+ Breaks Out of the Social Box, Ready to Score Users -  Louis Gray | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
So long as another company owned the social graph, Google has been pushed to an unfamiliar role, as challenger. With the launch of Google Plus (nee Google+), you can see they haven't taken the role of backup lightly - delivering a fun and engaging place that brings many of the benefits of existing social sites, but learns from their mistakes. In time, the package of Google+ could be a serious alternative for people's attention.
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Google Plus Looks Like Everything Else - Business Insider

Google Plus Looks Like Everything Else - Business Insider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
It's big, it's ambitious, and it looks a lot like a lot of other things. If you can't make it through the lengthy blog post, here's an easy way to understand it. Google+ compared to Facebook, Google Reader, Tinychat, Microsoft Kin and GroupMe.
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Beware the buzz about Google+ | Andrew Nusca in ZDNet

Beware the buzz about Google+ | Andrew Nusca in ZDNet | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google Buzz came, was heralded, and died quietly in a corner. Will Google+ be the same?

Take things you read with a grain of salt. Think about that — how can you possibly consider a social service before people are using it? And moreover, how can you assume that how it’s intended to be used will actually be the reality?

Today, a lot of folks are talking about Google Plus (alternately, Google+), which is in limited preview. It’s been dabbled with by a bunch of tech writers (not me, I hasten to add), and today, you’re reading their thoughts on it.

It’s a bit like reviewing a car by driving it across a dealer’s parking lot.
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Google Black Bar (Nav Bar) launched site wide except YouTube, + related?

Google Black Bar (Nav Bar) launched site wide except YouTube, + related? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The black bar isn’t only in the search engine, but it’s side wide. We tested the new navigation bar in Picasa, Google Docs, Google Reader, and even Google Books… And poof, Google.com and its sub particles are now officially with a black nav bar, excluding YouTube.

If I’m not mistaken, Google changed the navigation bar and used the color black to “emphasize” the nav bar’s existence more, aside from the fact that they’re also set to launch a new social networking like service, the Google+ that will surely challenge the popularity of Facebook in the next coming years.
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Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI - AppleInsider

Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI - AppleInsider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's new Google+ social networking project departs from the company's usually spartan interfaces with an animated UI designed by original Apple Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.

The new Google+ interface, especially the Circles social grouping feature, contains animations and other choices reminiscent of Apple's design ideals.

"With colorful animations, drag-and-drop magic and whimsical interface touches, Circles looks more like a classic Apple program than the typically bland Google app," said Levy, author of the book "In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works And Shapes Our Lives."
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Is Google Asking The Wrong Question With Social? - Semil Shah

Is Google Asking The Wrong Question With Social? - Semil Shah | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google still holds tremendous mindshare and user-intent for search. While in a perfect world it would have been helpful to require every GMail user to create a Google Profile account when they signed up (Whoops!), the reality is that Google is in a better position to organize all of the social signals we broadcast online rather than to organize all of the individuals making those signals.

Instead of building another social network, I’d like to see Google focus on helping us search through all the user-generated signals and content and to help us with our search, much of which is done offline through social questions, not keyword-speak
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FT video with Tim Bradshaw: Google has another crack at social media | FT Tech Hub | FTtechhub - Industry analysis – FT.com

FT video with Tim Bradshaw: Google has another crack at social media | FT Tech Hub | FTtechhub - Industry analysis – FT.com | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Video chat, and a neat way of differentiating between contacts, colleagues and friends, give Google+ unique functionality, but digital media correspondent Tim Bradshaw is not convinced that it will be enough to attract people away from Facebook.
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First Take: Google + Gets Features Right –But Offers No Reason to Leave Facebook - Jeremiah Owyang

First Take: Google + Gets Features Right –But Offers No Reason to Leave Facebook -  Jeremiah Owyang | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Finally, after many mis-starts and social media debacles Google gets their social networking offering down right. The downside is, there’s no compelling reason for me to pick up camp and move over.

Despite the familiar balance of features and site structure layout, this looks like a bare bones version of Facebook (minus the excessive ads, applications, yesterday tabs, and confusing user interface). As a result, I don’t see how this differentiates from Facebook.
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Google's New Google+ Social Network: Hands On - PCmag

Google's New Google+ Social Network: Hands On - PCmag | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's new Google+ social network, currently in a "field trial," can't quite avoid the stereotype that the company's products sacrifice usability for new features. Put simply, Google+ is a social network for geeks.
Unfortunately, Google can't help exposing numerous options to share, hide, protect, and discover photos, friends, videos, posts, and all of the other minutiae that make up today's online social interactions.
Underneath, however, there are some rather elegant features, including a lovely "Circles" interface to add friends, and a "Hangout" group video chat feature that holds promise.
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The New Social Network- Google+ Project - Why It will be a Success?? - Video

Google has finally unveiled Google+, the company's top secret social layer that turns all of the search engine into one giant social network.. But people speculating that It would fail as other projects of Google and is not a facebook killer at all...But such is not the case...Find out Yourself..
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Tech blogs not sold on Google's 'Facebook clone' - CNN

Tech blogs not sold on Google's 'Facebook clone' - CNN | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
There's an old joke in the tech world: Google is socially awkward. Coming from people who stare at computer screens for a living, this is pretty funny.

On Tuesday the search giant unveiled a "project" called Google+. Pronounced "Google Plus," this online network, according to Google, is nothing like Facebook. According to the tech bloggers who have been rushing to review it, Google+ is trying to be a lot like Facebook -- it's just not succeeding.

This opinion is not unanimous, of course. But many bloggers are quite skeptical of the Google effort.
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While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid - Techcrunch

While We Await The Native App, The Google+ iPhone Mobile Web App Is Pretty Solid - Techcrunch | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
While the Google+ Android app was there ready to go on day one, the iPhone app remains in review with Apple. But fear not iPhone users, there is a little hidden gem you may not know about: a mobile web version of Google+ that works great in Safari.

If you simply point your iOS Safari browser to plus.google.com, you’ll find a solid web app written in HTML5. You can’t do quite everything you’ll be able to with the native app, such as Huddle (group chat). But it the main parts of the Google+ functionality are there. Stream, Photos, Circles, Profile, and Notifications appear in the main menu.
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Stay N Alive: Google+ Just Beat Facebook to the Future

Stay N Alive: Google+ Just Beat Facebook to the Future | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Facebook already been rumored to be working on a much stronger mobile strategy, bringing Facebook's powerful platform to the apps you use on the mobile devices you carry, to every place you go. It's that which has had Google scared and hinging employee bonuses on the success of their social program this year. However, it seems in one fell swoop Google just beat Facebook to their own game. Google+ is that good, and it immediately puts them ahead of Facebook. Here's why.
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First Night With Google Plus: This is Very Cool - Marshall Kirkpatrick in ReadWriteWeb

First Night With Google Plus: This is Very Cool - Marshall Kirkpatrick in ReadWriteWeb | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I thought I'd type up some notes after an evening of using Google's new social network, Google Plus. This is a really big deal, a super ambitious effort involving scores of engineers over months of near total secrecy. It's really, really well done. Will it be good enough? I have no idea, but I have felt drawn to keep using it all night long.

The fundamental value proposition is around privacy: it's the opposite of Facebook and Twitter's universal broadcast paradigm. Google Plus is based on the Google Circles feature, which lets you share and view content to and from explicitly identified groups of your contacts, and no one else. It's really easy to use and a great feature - but even if you're communicating out in public, the rest of the service is very well designed, too. This is a smart, attractive, very strong social offering from Google.
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Everything You Need To Know About Google+ (Including What The Heck It Is) - Business Insider

Everything You Need To Know About Google+ (Including What The Heck It Is) - Business Insider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Business Insider explains everything about Google's latest social product.
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Inside Google+ Codenamed Emerald Sea - How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social - Wired

Inside Google+ Codenamed Emerald Sea - How the Search Giant Plans to Go Social - Wired | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ is not a typical release. Developed under the code name Emerald Sea, it is the result of a lengthy and urgent effort involving almost all of the company’s products. Hundreds of engineers were involved in the effort. It has been a key focus for new CEO Larry Page.

The parts announced Tuesday represent only a portion of Google’s plans. In an approach the company refers to as “rolling thunder,” Google has been quietly been pushing out pieces of its ambitious social strategy — there are well over 100 launches on its calendar.
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Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points — For Now - Wired

Google+ vs. Facebook on Privacy: + Ahead On Points — For Now - Wired | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
One of Facebook’s clearest weaknesses is its privacy practices, which have come under attack many times for being confusing, ever-mutating and self-serving.

So what’s different about Google+’s privacy policy?

For one, it’s much shorter.
The policy is very direct and simple.
The social network’s policy for what’s acceptable behavior is also concise, direct and well, almost human.
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Google unveils new Facebook rival - BBC

Google unveils new Facebook rival - BBC | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Some analysts have said Google could have a difficult time converting Facebook devotees to their new social network.

"People have their social circles on Facebook - asking them to create another social circle is challenging," Debra Aho Williamson, principal analyst with research firm eMarketer, told the Associated Press news agency.

"The whole idea of a Google social network... they've been throwing stuff against the wall for several years and so forth nothing has stuck," she added.
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