Ep 27 of 2011
As Australia’s National Broadcaster, the ABC starts its 80th year, Google, 16 year old search engine giant launched a new social network option called Google+ to the screams and chorus of recluses the world over of “oh no not another one”.
With Google’s equivalent of Vista, the now defunct Wave but a distant memory, the world’s largest internet company has brought all its existing facilities and services into the one new social networking site which functions in a very similar manor to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook. Google+ seems to have taken all the best bits of Facebook, and added sevices like Picassa, a photo storage and sharing app, to streamline the process of sharing photos with friends.
In Google+, the Facebook wall has been replaced with stream, and your friends become a circle, as in a ‘circle of friends’, and as with life, you can have many circles of friends. Each circle has its own stream allowing targeted messaging amongst friends. After all, the hockey team doesn’t need to know about your family night outs.
The bottom line is that if you know Facebook, Google+ is a very easy transition. It’s just new names for features you used to in Facebook. According to the Google sales pitch and quoting from their Google+ site, “Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That's why we've been working on adding a few new things to Google: To make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world” They finish up by saying “We hope that you like what we've cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there's more to come”
So here we go again, just as the privacy concerns with Facebook and all social networking sites in general stat to abate, the new kid on the block will no doubt stir it all up again and there’ll be many parallels to be drawn and feuds to be had. Interestingly though, there’s been no mention of Google+ being a Facebook killer, so is that in itself an omen? Will 1/3rd of the world’s population jump ship? Is there room on the planet for two all-encompassing social networks? Fortunately, things of an internet nature move very quickly, so I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long to find out to see if the last one to leave Facebook puts out the cat.
This week on
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This week's App of the Week:
Android: Where's my Andoid
Ever lost your phone and you go to call it to listen for the ringer and remember its on silent mode? Now when you lose it you can text your phone with the custom set attention word and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer vol up, and start ringing. You can also text a different attention word and get the GPS location of your phone.
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