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Old 06-28-11, 11:46 PM
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RIP Facebook...introducing Google+

Google Plus takes aim at Facebook
By Hayley Tsukayama

Google made a huge announcement today, launching Google +, or Google Plus, its long-awaited version of a social network to rival Facebook.

Google’s been trying to crack the social market for years, running into false starts with content-sharing services Wave and Buzz. (The former fizzled and the latter set off a privacy complaints that ended with a lawsuit and an FTC settlement.) Many have been waiting for Google’s big push into social since it rolled out its +1 button in March, especially as Facebook gets cozy with its search rival, Microsoft.

And then, today, Google announced +. The site bears a striking resemblance to Facebook, with streaming feeds and specialized groups of friends. In fact, Google + gathers many of the features of existing social networks.

The network has five basic components: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, Instant Uploads and Huddle. It also requires a Google profile, meaning you’ll need to provide Google, at minimum, with a name and a photo.

Circles lets you group your contacts — e.g. friends, work, family. Like Facebook, this features lets you share information with groups of contacts instead of hitting everyone with your latest update at once. Sparks acts like an RSS reader or Facebook news feed, letting you input things you’re interested in and pushing relevant content to you. Hangouts features live group video chats, aiming to foster spontaneous meetings with up to 10 people. You can also alert certain groups of friends when you’re hanging out.

Instant Uploads takes care of the increasingly important mobile aspect of social networking, automatically posting users’ phone pictures and videos to a private album. From there, users can decide if and with whom they want to share their media. You also have the option to add location data to every Google + post.

And Huddle is a group texting feature — similar to Beluga, which Facebook acquired in March — that lets you have a group chat through your phone.

Check out Google’s explanation of the network here:



There’s essentially nothing in Google + that doesn’t already exist in another Web service, and so the company is probably hoping that adopters will want to move their social efforts to one, centralized location.

Will you be trying Google +?
Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...tXpH_blog.html

I'm sure this will be a huge hit just like Google Wave and Google Buzz.
Old 06-29-11, 12:54 AM
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Ooo..."Hangouts," "Sparks," and "Huddle". There's no way those terms came from a marketing team. They so hip!
Old 06-29-11, 01:48 AM
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I'm just freaked out by the black bar! Google has changed! Stop it!
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I know right? That black bar is f**king creepy!
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Didn't google already try the social network game? The site was called hurkle or something. A complete bust in the US but I heard it became very popular in Brazil.
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So long as it doesn't have FarmVille, I am in.
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Google already has enough of my personal information as it is.
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this is so awesome that i just deleted my facebook account and sent pre-invites to all my friends with hotmail, aol and yahoo emails to be ready for this
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just deleted my wife's facebook as well
Old 06-29-11, 08:38 AM
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I like the part about your mobile pics being uploaded to a private album. I wonder how good of an integration this will be with Android.
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Did anyone get an invite yet? Maybe we can start a DVD Talk invite thread and pay the invites forward?
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Apparently, the invite feature lets you spam your friends by sending them out -- but if they actually go to the site and try to sign up they're turned away.
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Apparently, the invite feature lets you spam your friends by sending them out -- but if they actually go to the site and try to sign up they're turned away.
Wow, really? Yay...
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Hold on, let me log out of Ping so I can check this out...
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Re: RIP Facebook...introducing Google+

I'll give it a shot when an invite comes my way.
I'm not removing my Facebook account anytime soon, but Google already has the majority of my online info anyway. I wouldn't say I'd be "switching" as much as "consolidating" it all into one place, assuming Google works out some of the kinks that have already been reported.

I laughed when Facebook tried to offer me an email address, though.

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Re: RIP Facebook...introducing Google+

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I'm just freaked out by the black bar! Google has changed! Stop it!
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I know right? That black bar is f**king creepy!
Huh. I thought only coloured people got the black bar.
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i can see this being popular with the single guys crowd to pass around their victory shots
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Does this allow you to talk smack on the internet with people you know in real life with the end results of you getting murdered?

Does it allow you to create beef with your family members and friends that you normally wouldnt have ever been able to discuss without social networking with the end result of you never talking to these people again?

Will this allow you to post where and when you go on vacation so burgulars can get the heads up?

Can you post incriminating statements that will prevent you from getting a job and be able to be used against you in court?

Does this allow ex's to stalk you on the internet?

Will people be allowed to ogle at your pictures?

Can kids create accounts, get cyberbullied, get depressed at looking at others great lives and then commit suicide?

Does it have farmville, I need something to take up 5+ hours of my day?


Or is it different from facebook?
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I can't wait for the movie. Come on Fincher, forget this dragon tattoo bullshit and get on it!

But of course I will try this when I get an invite.
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Re: RIP Facebook...introducing Google+

the black toolbar is actually kind of cool - but notice how it's everywhere except for gmail......

I think I'll finally be done with social networking once this launches and facebook goes away.
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facebook has it's issues but every company has a facebook page and twitter profile and you don't need a gmail email address to use facebook

but i'm going to sign up for this because i think it will make it easier for me to send kids' photos to people instead of emailing them
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
i can see this being popular with the single guys crowd to pass around their victory shots
I'm not sure I want to know what you mean by this.
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In other news Myspace was sold for only $35 million.
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fuck social networking, get on an ebay clone google.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
facebook has it's issues but every company has a facebook page and twitter profile and you don't need a gmail email address to use facebook
I think this is Google's last shot at launching a social networking platform both Wave and buzz failed miserably and they definitely did take into account that since they will require users to sign up with gmail.....it has to be better than facebook.....well at least the standard user has to think it is anyway.

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