Google Inc. is challenging Facebook Inc. by using a controversial tactic: requiring people to use the Google+ social network.
Vance Stevens's insight:
Google Inc. GOOG +0.06% is challenging Facebook Inc. FB -0.82% by using a controversial tactic: requiring people to use the Google+ social network.
The result is that people who create an account to use Gmail, YouTube and other Google services—including the Zagat restaurant-review website—are also being set up with public Google+ pages that can be viewed by anyone online. Google+ is a Facebook rival and one of the company's most important recent initiatives as it tries to snag more online advertising dollars.
http://learning2gether.pbworks.com is a place where we try to learn from one another online every week. This week participants each used a different tool to try and record our Hangout. We found that WE couldn't do it without a USB mic (lacking access to On Air).
I guess I was waiting for Google Plus the entire time. Search, Plus Your World Google just married social to search. I can't search through all my wall posts on Facebook, to my great consternation I can't search through all my ...
Like Twitter, G+ is going to keep growing as it attracts one niche community after another. Perhaps by happenstance, G+ has currently gathered together a network of three kinds of tech nerds: early adopters (general nerds), Google fanboys (who knew there were so many?!), and “Facebook fed-ups” (people that don’t like Facebook for one reason or another).
Most of us ... are only beginning to scratch the surface of what Google+ can do; like many Google products, G+ is brimming with advanced features and untapped tweaks. That's why I decided to put together this massive list of Google+ tips and tricks. It includes some of the best power-user pointers I've found both from my own experimentation and from following some really smart folks in the Google+ universe.
I didn't intend this to be anything more than spouting off in 140 profane characters.
George Siemens says this is a "silly" post but I don't know. It's a post, it lives in the moment. George says social media is about flow, not substance. Perhaps, but without flow, substance would be lost, and that to me is the importance of social media.
I'm not sure why Scoop.It crashes when I attempt to curate certain bookmarks (but I've just discovered that if I delete what's in quote marks, the browser recovers). Must look more deeply into that, but meanwhile here are some links to sites on Google+ that I thought were useful but haven't managed to Scoop yet :-)
George Siemens weighs in on Google+, critiquing "a misunderstanding on Google’s part about how people structure themselves in personal networks. Most evident is Google’s power law making network ways in G+. While power laws (Pareto’s Principle) may exist in many areas of our lives – banking, TV watching habits, book purchases – they are surprisingly absent at a personal level. Yes, I likely respond to a small cluster of blogs and tweets that I encounter. But my personal networks – family and friends – don’t seem to have the power law structure of my public identity. For example, I move fairly fluidly between my personal networks. Facebook gets this. I’ve had very few “way out there” friend suggestions on Facebook."
Google is laying on a MOOC about understanding Google+ "The Power Searching with Google class starts on July 10th, and you can sign up with your Google Account. The course will consist of six 50 minute classes that you can take in your own time over a two week window, along with other students from all over the world. The course will consist of some traditional exercises, some interactive searching, Google+ Hangouts on Air, and Google Groups, where you can talk to other participants, and even members of the Google Search team to boost your search skills and get hints if you get stuck with a particular challenge."
Until Google+ adds such functionality, we've found five workarounds that will help you record your next Hangout — for free.
"ScreenCastle gives you the ability to record your entire screen, or to change the size of the recording box by pixel dimensions. An unlimited service, ScreenCastle will tape from the moment you hit record until you're ready to stop. You then have to upload your recording to the site."
Pixetell apparently records until you stop it, and "offers direct uploading to YouTube. As far as exporting goes, you can grab your files in FLV, AVI, MOV, OGV and WMV formats. Although it's such a fantastic tool, screen recording is just one string in the Pixetell bow — we'd recommend checking it out."
Screenr "only lets you record for up to five minutes. Recording is browser-based and instantaneous, and you can resize the recording window to suit. Once your five minutes is up, you can add a description to your clip, then sign into Screenr via one of your social media accounts for built-in sharing to Facebook and Twitter, the option to publish to YouTube, to generate an embed code, or to share the Screenr URL directly. As far as downloads go, you can save the MP4 file down to your computer."
FlashBack Express apparently records till you stop it, "is a free download for Windows users ... Once you've recorded your clip, you can then view it in the player. You might find the basic edit options handy, like the ability to upload directly to YouTube or to export your video as Flash (both SWF or FLV) or AVI.
Screencast-O-Matic is the Jeff Lebow option. "The free version limits recordings to 15 minutes. Recordings have a Screencast-O-Matic logo on the bottom right of the video. If you want to lose the logo you can upgrade to Pro for just $12 a year, which also gives you advanced editing options. It also means your recording time is limited only by local disk."
Stephen Downes contibutes to understanding Circles, and how to fix them: "What's the difference between what Google+ does and what I do now? Let me explain, and in so doing point to a way to 'fix' Google+."