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    Google's Latest Social Network: Google+

    Official Google Blog: Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web

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    Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others. With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.

    Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.

    In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.

    We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project:




    +Circles: share what matters, with the people who matter most
    Not all relationships are created equal. So in life we share one thing with college buddies, another with parents, and almost nothing with our boss. The problem is that today’s online services turn friendship into fast food—wrapping everyone in “friend” paper—and sharing really suffers:

    • It’s sloppy. We only want to connect with certain people at certain times, but online we hear from everyone all the time.
    • It’s scary. Every online conversation (with over 100 “friends”) is a public performance, so we often share less because of stage fright.
    • It’s insensitive. We all define “friend” and “family” differently—in our own way, on our own terms—but we lose this nuance online.

    In light of these shortcomings we asked ourselves, “What do people actually do?” And we didn’t have to search far for the answer. People in fact share selectively all the time—with their circles.

    From close family to foodies, we found that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share with precisely the right folks. So we did the only thing that made sense: we brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what’s new—just like any other day:





    +Sparks: strike up a conversation, about pretty much anything
    Healthy obsessions inspire sharing, and we’ve all got one (or two, or three...). Maybe it’s muscle cars, or comic books, or fashion, but the attraction is always the same: it comes up in conversation, we immediately jump in, and we share back and forth with other fans. Often for hours. The trick is getting things started, and getting over that initial hump. Fortunately, the web is the ultimate icebreaker.

    The web, of course, is filled with great content—from timely articles to vibrant photos to funny videos. And great content can lead to great conversations. We noticed, however, that it’s still too hard to find and share the things we care about—not without lots of work, and lots of noise. So, we built an online sharing engine called Sparks.

    Thanks to Google’s web expertise, Sparks delivers a feed of highly contagious content from across the Internet. On any topic you want, in over 40 languages. Simply add your interests, and you’ll always have something to watch, read and share—with just the right circle of friends:





    +Hangouts: stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face
    Whether it's inside a pub or on a front porch, human beings have always enjoyed hanging out. And why not? It's how we unwind, recharge, and spend unscheduled time with old and new friends alike. Hanging out is deceptively simple though, and the nuance gets lost online.

    Just think: when you walk into the pub or step onto your front porch, you're in fact signaling to everyone around, “Hey, I've got some time, so feel free to stop by." Further, it’s this unspoken understanding that puts people at ease, and encourages conversation. But today’s online communication tools (like instant messaging and video-calling) don’t understand this subtlety:
    • They’re annoying, for starters. You can ping everyone that’s “available,” but you’re bound to interrupt someone’s plans.
    • They’re also really awkward. When someone doesn't respond, you don't know if they’re just not there, or just not interested.


    With Google+ we wanted to make on-screen gatherings fun, fluid and serendipitous, so we created Hangouts. By combining the casual meetup with live multi-person video, Hangouts lets you stop by when you're free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face:





    +Mobile: share what’s around, right now, without any hassle
    These days a phone is the perfect sharing accessory: it's always with you, it's always online, and it's how we stay close with our closest friends. We didn’t want “just” a mobile experience, however, so with Google+ we focused on things (like GPS, cameras, and messaging) to make your pocket computer even more personal.

    +Location, location, location
    In life, the places we visit shape conversations in lots of meaningful ways. If we call John from the airport, he’ll likely ask about our trip. Or if Jane texts from a nearby restaurant, we might join her for dessert. With Google+ you can add your location to every post. (Or not. It’s always up to you.)

    +Instant Upload
    Getting photos off your phone is a huge pain, so most of us don't even bother. Of course pictures are meant to be shared, not stranded, so we created Instant Upload to help you never leave a photo behind. While you're snapping pictures, and with your permission, Google+ adds your photos to a private album in the cloud. This way they're always available across your devices—ready to share as you see fit.





    +Huddle
    Coordinating with friends and family in real-time is really hard in real life. After all, everyone's on different schedules, in different places, and plans can change at any moment. Phone calls and text messages can work in a pinch, but they're not quite right for getting the gang together. So Google+ includes Huddle, a group messaging experience that lets everyone inside the circle know what's going on, right this second.



    Starting today Google+ is available on Android Market and the mobile web, and it’s coming soon to the App Store.

    +You: putting you first, all across Google
    That’s the Google+ project so far: Circles, Sparks, Hangouts and mobile. We’re beginning in Field Trial, so you may find some rough edges, and the project is by invitation only. But online sharing needs a serious re-think, so it’s time we got started. There’s just one more thing—really the only thing: You.

    You and over a billion others trust Google, and we don’t take this lightly. In fact we’ve focused on the user for over a decade: liberating data, working for an open Internet, and respecting people’s freedom to be who they want to be. We realize, however, that Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus—on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.

    When your invite arrives we hope you’ll join the project. But it’s entirely up to +You.
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    The problem people have with Facebook is that they believes that we ultimately want to share everything with everybody. Which is just not true. You don't talk to your friends the way that you talk to your relatives or elders, or professional contacts
    The fact that Google named the service "circles" is promising. They get that you have different social circles, and they're going to create their service around that concept.

    Like I mentioned here ( http://www.sb-innovation.de/f71/goog...ng-site-24870/ ) they have a innovative new concept and only time will tell if people will love it.
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    Does any1 have an invite......???
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    Quote Originally Posted by zmist View Post
    Does any1 have an invite......???
    i think you can request one from here

    Want to join the project?
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    Funny, we run away from Facebook, to fall into Google.
    Privacy died in this modern age :laugh:
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    Quote Originally Posted by zmist View Post
    Does any1 have an invite......???
    Please don't.

    And Google Wave springs to mind.
    "Come visit sometime, okay? We'll always be here for you. We... we all love you."
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    To be honest, it has many innovative ideas in it. So in usability, this would be superior to facebook.
    However, as a network, it is as good as how many of the people you know you can find on it.
    So if it takes off with larges masses of people, it will be in. If it doesn't take off, and it stays for a few people (Google employees? ) then it will be another Google wave.
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    Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others
    however, this 'need' is nothing human-specific or exclusive, it is a general natural tendency for grouping of similar 'things', be it sand on beaches, trees in forests, animals in packs/droves/flocks, humans in various groups,...

    Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.
    not really, it just has a different feeling to it, since its not as direct/intense as face2face communication, which also means that no super-advanced online tool would be able to substitute in-person interactions, there will always be a sense of artificiality involved, regardless of its other advantages - these tools have their place in everyday life, though not such an important one as the technocratic generation likes to imagine/believe/elevate

    In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.
    ofc its awkward, its artificial, a product of one's imagination, a result of an idea adapted to the majority or mainstream or a human average - since virtually no one fits this average perfectly/exactly it has to leave/give a certain amount of awkwardness, no way to fix that, just smooth out to a bearable, relatively comfortable level

    We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software.
    as expected for followers of the technocratic world-view, translated: software & co. >= 'lifeware' (via imitation & mimicking), ie. mission impossible, though highly addictive/alluring/idealistic/utopian, hence the massive following, words of praise/hope & a big illusory candy at the finishing line which has a nasty (or logical) habit of constantly extending itself into the future

    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy
    Funny, we run away from Facebook, to fall into Google.
    Privacy died in this modern age
    which loosely fits the saying: 'out of the frying pan into the fire' and vice versa

    as for individual privacy (also individual freedom), it was already limping heavily down through the ages, with each era providing its own prescribed, newest, promising patch - guess these also have a nasty habit of being rather inefficient, resulting in an ever revolving & mutating theme, leaving inconvenient/messy/disturbing rotting areas/marks down below the supporting pillars of the current establishment/civilization, where the visibility is low and thorough inspection even more so...just keep on looking forward, maybe it'll hold...at least until one gets beyond old
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    The history of HI5 and MySpace will repeat itself.This time with facebook.
    Google is already dominating the internet,If you don't trust me just google that.
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    I think the sadistic masochistic part of me wants Google+ to win over Facebook, just to see the look on Zuckerberg's face
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    Google has the advantage they're Google. It's impossible to use the Internet without knowing them. That's one of the things that made Chrome popular.

    Facebook has the advantage they're Facebook. Old and widespread. Talk to someone where I live and chances are they don't even know any other social network.

    Let's see what happens, eh?
    "Come visit sometime, okay? We'll always be here for you. We... we all love you."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    I think the sadistic masochistic part of me wants Google+ to win over Facebook, just to see the look on Zuckerberg's face
    He's not happy...poor guy...

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t put on a happy face in his Google+ profile | VentureBeat

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    Honestly, as much as I don't trust Google, I want the G+ ti win Seeing how FB is abusing our data, and still be treated like kings with Obama and Sarkozy sucking up to Zuckerberg, makes me want him to lose and for us to have choice again, no more domination from one company over all Social Networking worldwide.
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    no more domination from one company over all Social Networking worldwide.
    Yes, more domination from one company over all Interwebs.
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    Dying to try Google+, but don't have the tech cred to get an invite? Don't worry, just find a Google+ user and ask them to share a post with you. You will be sent an email with a link to "Learn More about Google +". When you click on that link, you can sign up for the service. If you get an error the first time, try again as the number of invites processed each hour is supposedly limited. Good luck!

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