Social Media As Addictive As Smoking!!

A large number of studies being done until now have concluded that Google, Twitter, Facebook, and some of the other social networking portals are as addictive as drugs. While people were not provided with an access to any of the electronic mediums or even the Internet, they reacted just as twitchy addicts who have denied to take their drugs while they are forced to give up access to them.facebook addiction

Furthermore, just as a Boozer who completely inclines on bourbon as a social media lubricant, these online addicts truly believe that people who are not hooked on the information expressway, instant messaging and text messaging tend to be big time bores; this fact has been lately reported by the New York Post.

The research firm Intersperience concluded at the end of the study which was useful in depriving the behaviors of people and their online habits that some people truly considered giving up the Web based technology as hard as quitting the habit drinking or smoking.

The study states that approximately 53% out of 1000 people who were being surveys reported feeling ‘upset’ while there were deprived of their Internet connectivity. Moreover, it was also indicated that more than 40% people consider themselves lonely when they are just not able to access these portals.

 Making use of social media portals is certainly helpful but getting it over you definitely isn’t the idea. These portals although have been truly useful for a large number of people all around the globe but still they are making people get addicted to themselves and as a result their productivity and efficacy is being affected to a great extent.

Facebook vs Google+ – Some Comparisons [Infographic]

You have been one of those who have been the die hard fans of Facebook and you recently have switched to Google+, you certainly would be looking for comprehensive comparisons regarding What Google+ and Facebook services.

Infographic has done a great job here by comparing these two leading social networking platforms and it would be helpful in figuring out what both of these are offering.

All these services as well as the comparison is going to make you opt for a better choice of portals in case you are consdiering opting for one of them as an option.

Google+ – Get To Know More About It

Google+ is everywhere now!

I t can be termed as Fun, Bold and Social networking medium. A large number of people have been using this portal and until now it has more than 10 million users. Even after this demand and response, some people are yet not able to understand How Google+ works. Ishtihari is  being helpful to such people and following are some of the videos that would be useful in making you guys understand about how it really works.

Google+ – A Quick Look

Google+ – Circles

Google+ – Sparks

Google+ – Hangouts

Google+ – Instant Uploads

Google+ – Hurdles

As most of us are already a part of Google+, we are enjoying all these exciting features. What do you think about these? Do share with Ishtihari! 🙂

Google+ Project – Is It Going to Leave Facebook Behind?

Do you remember Orkut, Google Buzz, or Google Wave? Without acquiring much of the success, now it is considering obtaining Facebook – the social networking giant. This happens to be one of its largest efforts yet.

Lately, Google has launched the Google+ project which happens to be a social networking service which is more or less like Facebook. The service presently is available to selected Google users, they will be able to invite people, and this way they will discuss and share status updates, links, and photos pretty much as they do on Facebook.

On the other hand, Google+ project will be different in a noteworthy manner, which Google anticipates will be adequate to convince people around to make use yet another social networking portal.

It is primarily focusing sharing with groups such as hiking friends, roommates, or colleagues and not with all of one’s peers or the entire World Wide Web. It is also offering video chat and group text messaging feature.

Vice president for product management at Google, Bradley Horowitz stated that we have windows and walls in real life and we can speak to them knowing that they are in the room but when it comes to the online world, you are required to have a ‘share’ box with which you can easily share anything with the while world. Senior vice president for engineering at Google, Vic Gundotra states that Google+ project is actually a different model.google+ ishtihari

Google is unable to rank itself especially when it comes to social networking; it is for the reason that the competitor know all too well and their services are fully dominating the market.

Initially, Google+ will be testing if it can easily overcome its prior stumbles concerning this particular area and dealing with one of the most critical challenges that the company is facing. Right now, Google’s status is at stake as one of the most popular entry point to the entire Web. While people are posting on Facebook, it is normally off-limits when it comes to search engines; Google has been losing valuable information that could be benefiting its advertising, Web search and various other products.

On the other hand, Google+ may perhaps already be too late. comScore states that this year, in the month of May, around 180 million people browsed through different Google portals which included YouTube, comparing with 157.2 million on Facebook. However, Facebook users have been browsing through 103 billion pages spending 375 minutes on an average on the websites whereas Google users viewed only 46.3 billion pages spending 231 minutes.

These figures have been truly imperative for the advertisers and to the fact that people have been increasingly turning to Facebook and various other social networking portals such as Twitter and ask question which they used to ask from Google like asking for a recommendation to a doctor or a restaurant.

Analysts’ states that Facebook users are most likely going to duplicate their friend’s network on Google+ and will be posting on both these portals; however they can make use of both for different forms of communication.

Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Gundotra state that knowing more about Google users individually would be truly helpful in improving the overall Google product experience which includes maps, YouTube, search, and ads, for the reason that Google will be learning about what actually people like to have and how they eventually personalize Google products.

On the other hand, Google has been greatly criticized for failing to fully understand the significance related to social information on the World Wide Web until competitors such as Twitter and Facebook had already leapt ahead. Google’s co-founder, Larry Page regrets that Google has been a failure in this regard.

Google Buzz has been a sharing tool particularly for the Gmail users. It included user’s emails automatically to their Buzz network, which had been facing huge criticism that Google has been invading users’ privacy and have failed to understand this vital point that everyone is the email list or contact list are not necessarily their friends. Google altered this service so now it doesn’t connect people automatically.

Unlike Google Buzz, its employees have tested Google+ before making it public. It has been called as Google+ a project that is useful in emphasizing on the fact that it is not a finished product. Google states that it will be undergoing various modifications to introducing new feature and fixing problems. However, it happens to be a new web portal, plus.google.com and is a fully formed social networking portal by Google as yet.

Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Gundotra stated that they took great pains to mimic people relationships in real life and tried to bring down the social awkwardness such as over-sharing and friend requests normally lead to on other networking portals. Google+ users will be able to easily select people from the Gmail list or any other services. They can easily drag and drop friends into different groups and name them accordingly. They can even share updates with their friends as well as on these groups. Contrasting Facebook, users are not required to be in each other’s friend list; they can easily receive and share updates without sharing their own.

Google+ is offering various other features such as group video chats, which are called as Hangouts which means that each and every member of the group can easily join as it is happening. Another section called as Sparks provide videos and articles from all across the Web on particular topics. They can be easily shared with certain groups of friends.

When it comes to Google+ mobile app for iPhone and Android phones, people can easily have group chats with the feature known as Huddle. Videos or photos can be easily uploaded via cell phones to the user albums and Google+ users can easily post and view them from their systems or smartphones.

Google is just trying to bring in a million of users to in a manner that happens to be a great challenge as a start up. I don’t think people are much willing to let go off Facebook but exciting and amazing feature could be grabbing their attention, making Google+ most preferred networking medium.

 

Google Docs – 12 new File Formats

Now, the Google Docs Viewer enables you to suitably view attached PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and PDF documents. File viewing in your browser is far quicker and secure as compared to viewing them after you have downloaded them. The Google Docs Viewer is now offering enhanced features, and with it now, you can view several highly requested and most popular file formats. Some of the primary ones are;

  • Microsoft Excel – .XLSX and .XLS
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 – .PPTX
  • Apple Pages – .PAGES
  • Adobe Illustrator – .AI
  • Adobe Photoshop – .PSD
  • Autodesk AutoCad – .DXF
  • XML Paper Specification – .XPS
  • TrueType – .TTF
  • PostScript – .PS, .EPS
  • Scalable Vector Graphics – .SVG

All these documents will be showing a ‘View’ link while they are being received in your Gmail Inbox and once you click over the link you will be able to view all these format documents. Google Docs Blog stated that the Google Docs Viewer fully supporting utility for any web portal, with both embedded and full Chrome option.

Chat & Email Notifications right on your Desktop

Most of us are too conscious about continuously switching and checking Gmail for any new Email or chat message. If you happen to be like me, then you must be missing a significant message or chat just because you were not looking at your Gmail Window when it came. If you are making use of Google Chrome, then the days would be over as a new feature has been launched named as HTML5 desktop notifications. This feature will enable you to have pop-ups on your desktop whenever a new email or chat message arrives.

You can easily turn this feature on. All you need to do is to click on the Settings link which is at the top right corner of your Gmail inbox and then move down to  the ‘Desktop Notifications’ tab. If you consider being notified about any chat or email message or if you are making use of the Priority Inbox feature and you only consider getting notifications for vital messages then you can customize the setting accordingly.For the present times, this feature is only available for users who use Google Chrome; however, the Google email team is still working on this notification feature to be a part of the standard Web platform.

Getting less junk emails?

You might have been noticing that the number of junk emails that you have been receiving before has dropped to a great extent and you must be wondering why !

However, more than 200 billion spam emails were sent in August on daily basis as there were just 50 billion emails sent each day in December 2010. Rustock is the botnet that is generally responsible for sending such spam emails all around the world; however, in the month of December, it just sent less than 1% of all spam.

Xarvester and Lethic, along with Rustock have also been quite but this does not mean that you start celebrating the death of spam immediately until now this can be the lull before the storm?

Is there any probability that they are re-grouping so that they attack in a stronger and more deadly manner or is it really an end for the spam emails?

For instance, spam may turn out to be extremely lucrative when it is in the form of a Facebook post, SMS, or Twitter messages. We are not sure; nevertheless, having such a sudden and sharp decline can only be rated as a bad news.

Google has extended the Free Phone Call Services for the United States

Google recently stated that it has now extended the phone call services for the United States Gmail account holders. Once they subscribe to this facility, they can easily carry on all calls to Canada and North America for free. Google initially announced the phone calls facility via Gmail in August and the plan was to offer these free calls to Canada and the United States until the end of year 2010.

However, users will now be able to make free phone calls to such destinations for the entire year of 2011, whereas charges will be applied to all other countries. This Google free Phone call service is a facility that is certainly going to attract more and more users when compared with its rivals such as Skype.

Skype, presently is one of the biggest competitor for the US when it comes to the free calling services. However, Google is also able to understand its presence in the Canadian and US market. The free calling services by Google will also be boosting the other Gmail related utilities. These come out to be extremely rewarding offers and also exceptionally user-friendly.

Such free call services certainly attract people in a large quantity instead of going for the paid plans. It is expected that Google is soon going to introduce such services for other continents such as Europe and Asia. The Google’s Voice based service is also able to strengthen the position on quantity and quality scale which is a bigger question in the countries such as India.

At the beginning, the voice service is at a standstill, therefore, the network operators are getting extremely anxious about when Google is going to introduce such user-friendly service that is already incorporated with the Android  based Smartphone and tablet operating system. All those people who prefer using Skype while they are traveling will soon start making use of Gmail. Such facilities by Gmail along with the email-based services are considered better whereas Skype is not offering any such services to its users. Such kinds of incorporations are going to be extremely helpful for Google to get a large number of users that would be particularly callers.

For now, calling services from Gmail is only accessible to the US Gmail users; however, Google has not provided any statement about when people belonging to other parts of the world would be able to access this calling service.