The Plus-ification of Google continued yesterday as the company announced it was offloading G+ features onto yet another Google service. But unlike the incredibly annoying (both in name and use) Search Plus Your World, this update's actually pretty useful; Google Voice users will be able to personalize their phone line's behavior using their G+ circles. Don't want to mix business with pleasure? With the new Circles functionality, you could have separate voicemail recordings for friends and coworkers -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Two days ago, Google started mixing Google+ connections with general search results. Pics, photos, shared links, posts, authored articles – if someone in your Circles shared something related to what you’re looking for, it shows up in your search results. Google calls it “Search Plus Your World;” I call it annoying. When the first page of results is dominated by “Personal Results,” that’s a problem. And to make it worse, Google doesn’t exactly make it easy to turn the “feature” off for good.
Life has taught me that death and taxes are constants, and it’s also reinforced the concept that dropping my camera in the ocean is pretty much game over when it comes to my vacation photos. Fast forward to 2011 however, and Google + has made the impossible, possible. Deep sea diver Markus Tompson was scuba diving in Deep Bay Vancouver Canada, when he swam past a rather odd looking object. It turns out the item that caught his eye was a corroding Canon Rebel DSLR, complete with neck strap (which obviously wasn’t used), and flash card. Apparently the flash card not only survived its extended stay along the ocean floor, but its contents, along with the help of Google + users, helped the diver locate the owner.
You would have expected when the Google +1 button and Google+ launched, that they would have tight integration. Yeah, not so much. The +1 button was mostly used to improve Google search results, but Google has announced a new version of the button that makes sharing easier.
So you've dipped your toes in the Stream, started a news feed wildfire using only a Spark, and, well, hung out in Hangouts. Not bad – you've certainly jumped feet-first into the social world of Google+. But dabbling is not the same thing as mastering, young grasshopper; grab your Google Bar and let us be your sensei in the art of Google+-Fu.
Google's horrible new policy on using real names in Google+ effectively means that the service is now a danger to real people. You have to ask yourself why a company that pledged to not be evil would do this.
Haters been hating on Google+. Sure, maybe it's just the Goog's attempt to draw advertisee eyeballs from Facebook, and okay, the invite system kinda sucks, and yeah, sometimes it feels like you're talking to yourself in a big, empty room. Those are all perfectly valid complaints. But G+ brings a lot of new things to the table, and despite the naysayers, an unprecedented number of people have been lining up to give the service a whirl. We're only one month in to the Google+ experience and 25 million visitors have already tested the waters.
You may not be ready to ditch Facebook for good, but now that you've had a chance to kick the tires on Google+, you might be ready to make it your go-to social network. The problem: You've built up a lot of friends, photos, videos, and other data on Facebook over the years, and you don't want to simply lose all that data. Here's how to migrate it all from Facebook to Google+.
Twitter has made a lot of headway by having big-name celebrities use the service as a promotional tool. This is the verified account scheme that the social networking site rolled out last year. Although Twitter doesn’t make a lot of use of it anymore, we’re getting word that Google is looking to create a similar system for Google+.
With Google + sucking up all the social networking mojo these days, it’s easy to forget about good ole Orkut, Google’s first attempt to bring over-sharing to the masses. With so much positive energy leading up to the final release, naturally everyone was wondering would become of Orkut’s tens of millions of existing users, most of who reside in either India or Brazil. Turns out Google does have a plan, and the front page reads steady as she goes.