What better way is there to get in the spirit of Halloween than to dress up like a zombie or vampire and splatter blood and scars all over yourself? Answer: there isn’t one. But doing that in real life takes tons of expensive costume makeup and waaaaaay more patience than we have. Fortunately, you can get the same effect without all the tedious paint application thanks to some Halloween filters available in Google+’s new Creative Kit for photos.
When you control over 60% of the search market, you can more or less do whatever you want. Google has decided to forcibly change the way our brains understand the act of search by ditching the “+” operator. Google searches will now ignore that symbol in web searches, but there is an alternative, clumsy as it is.
In a bit of a reversal, Google+ will reportedly be moving away from its strict real name policy and allow users to use pseudonyms. The news was apparently relayed by Google social chief Vic Gundotra himself. There is no timeline for the change, but it is likely tied to the user verification program.
It was a little surprising that when Google+ launched, there was a section of posts from Google Buzz , the company’s ill-fated Twitter clone. Google had all but abandoned Google Buzz, but today they actually got around to abandoning it for real. Google will be killing off Buzz, as well as few other products as part of what it calls “A fall sweep.”
Google just announced its third quarter results, and it was another win for the search giant. Google topped expectations with $9.72 billion in revenue, which works out to a 33% increase over last year. Net earnings were an also remarkable $2.73 billion. It seems that Larry Page’s first quarter at the helm will go down as a success, but not just because of the money.
If you're a fan of Gordon Mah Ung's rants of the week, you'll love reading what Google engineer Steve Yegge had to say about working at Amazon and what he perceives as Google's mishandling of its Google+ platform. His brutally honest and what some call an epic rant was posted to Google+ and mistakenly marked as Public, when it was actually intended for internal eyes only. Oopsy-daisy.
Google made a curious change today with no forewarning to users. Now when clicking the top link for Photos on Google sites, those using Google+ will be directed to the Photos tab of the social network, not to the Google Picasa Web Albums site. The G+ page lists photos from your circles and personal profile, but lacks many of the tools built into Picasa.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail stirred up a spit storm when it ran a story titled "Traffic Plunges for Google+ as 60 Percent of Users Log Off." That's actually true, 60 percent of active users did ditch Google's social network after it was opened to the public, but only after traffic spiked by a whopping 1,200 percent. Take away that 60 percent and what you're left with is nearly a five-fold increase in traffic (480 percent), which tells quite a different story than the headline.
Sure, you use Facebook, but do you own Facebook? Can you make it do anything you want it to do? And, yes, you tweet. Many tech enthusiasts do. But can you slap Twitter around like a ragdoll and bend it to your will? And what about LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+? We all use these social media tools to some degree or another—sometimes daily, sometimes hourly, and (for the truly desperate) sometimes by the minute. But like most Interweb travelers, even hardcore hardware enthusiasts suffer knowledge deficits in the social media department. We can recite CPU thermal specs as quickly as Star Trek dialogue, but we’re surprisingly lackadaisical in terms of social media mastery.
Enough is enough. It’s time to dig into the nooks, crannies, and feature-packed nether regions of today’s five hottest social media services. We’ll also reminisce over failed services in a virtual Social Media Walk of Shame, as well as dig deep into the hardware of the largest social media site online.
Social media? Yep, we dig it. Who says tech geeks can’t be fun and friendly?
Google Plus' big killer feature from the start has been that it lets users organize their friends and acquaintances into Circles to control what is shared, and with whom. But creating all these curated groups seemed a little like a half baked feature seeing as you couldn’t let anyone else in on that perfectly organized group. Well, now you can. Google is rolling out the ability to share circles on Google+.