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.

 

Twitter Eliminating the Older Version Permanently

Twitter finally is all set to eliminate its older version all in all and to bring in the new design. Nine months since the new version of Twitter has been launched – the social media company is enabling users to get use to the new version as the older one will be eliminated completely pretty soon and everyone would be switched to the latest version automatically.twitter old version

Twitter has been asking its users to switch to the latest version throughout this period however now it is spreading an urgent and serious message which states that users will be upgraded automatically to the New Twitter version very soon. Even the top bar is showing an alert message to users and have been altered to Yellow color. It simply cannot be anticipated how soon Twitter is going to upgrade to the latest version. It could be taking a few days or weeks however; it is pretty much evident that Twitter is ready to finally eliminate the older version altogether and bringing everyone to a new design.

People have been coming up with mixed reviews about Twitter’s new version. Some of them do not like the change nevertheless; it still happens to be a small number of people out of Twitters 100+ million users. On the other hand, the latest version was being launched nine months until now but still it is taking too long to persuade people for the newer Twitter design.

 

New Facebook Apps Notifies the Breakup Status

Other than Social Networking, Facebook is extremely popular for its unique and amazing applications. It holds a large number of applications ranging from Friendship, relationships, love and all such weird themes. Lately, another application has been added to the list and it has been named as the Breakup Notifier. It will be notifying via an email whole the love of your life is being in a relationship with anyone else breaks up.

Dan Loewenherz has designed this app. For all those who want to make use of this application need to sign up via their email and informing friends about their relationship status. However, it keeps on changing as per your new relationship or wall posts. Undoubtedly, it will be extremely helpful in figuring out whether whomever you are connected to is free or not?

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Loewenherz states that he built this particular web app that is useful in getting alerts while people you are interested in breakup on Facebook. Some safety features have also been included such as if anyone’s relationship status becomes ‘Married’; the app warns them that it is possibly advisable not to make use of this particular service.

This turns out to be ideally an ‘Alarming’ App for all those people who are still in search of finding their someone special. Once they are making use of this particular App, they are not required to check that person’s Status on daily basis. Thus, it is offering you with an outstanding opportunity to play the rebound woman; somewhat, a hard and Soft deal for you!

Hard in a sense that you are being notified and it turns out to be soft if you are not!! Notification is the best part as it updates you real-time. You can make use of the application and share your experiences with Ishtihari as well! :p

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.