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.

 

Facebook’s Traffic Drops For Two Consecutive Months – Are People Done With It?

It has been reported that for the very first time, there has been a consecutive monthly drop in the Facebook traffic figures which makes it a slower growth than usual. The U.S initially falls to around149.4 million users in the month of May where as Canada lost nearly 1.52 million. At the same time, Russia, Norway, and the U.K also reported more than 100,000 losses of users.

The biggest question here is that what could be the primary reasons behind this incredible fall? Perpetually, various short term factors have been affecting Facebook’s traffic varying from country to country. Until now, it could have been something related to the lately happening cyber security breaches on various major networking web portals and big corporations such as IMF’s?

Cyber treats certainly happen to create a negative impression when it comes to online platforms. All the social networking web portals no matter they are highly popular of not, it is not an exception, if the web-surfers are feeling insecure or unsafe, when it comes to their personal information and data.

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One other component to consider in Facebook’s Marketplace; it is a virtual space accessed globally which is now considered as a local market because of its geographical restrictions when it comes to trading and dealing goods. On the other hand, the web portal has not yet capitalized on its complete e-commerce prospective the possibilities for the portal are simply infinite. However, when it comes to the marketing and advertising campaigns from third-party retailers that are making use of Facebook as a platform and a trading base, could be obliquely the portal’s fundamental objective to socialize and also which is helpful in promoting the slogan ‘It’s free and always will be’.

Nevertheless, Facebook is constantly updating and a lot of new features are coming up every day. Continuous modifications seldom engender provisional ‘usage time off’ to actually get use to the new merits. Furthermore, speaking of the utilization, according to a study conducted by the Psychologists from Edinburgh Napier University in last February indicated that people who have a large number of Facebook friends are most likely to feel anxious or stressed when it comes to using the portal. However, is there anything such as too many friends on Facebook?

In case all users eventually started to catch up with the origins of those ‘anxieties’ it was simply a matter of time before that wanted to sign off, which leads to the matter, What’s coming next for Facebook?

 

 

Facebook Testing A New Feature

Facebook is considering experimenting with the Twitter- Like feature. The feature is useful in alerting members in real-time to what their family member and friends have been up to when it comes to social networking.

This particular feature is known as ‘Happening Now’, and it is being tried by a fraction of Facebook users as currently it has more than 600 million active users. It is presently testing a new feature that concerns the News Feed that enables people to see what their friends are liking and commenting.

In the coming weeks, Facebook is anticipated to make vital improvements and would be expanding it a lot more. Presently, some of the Facebook features are there that are useful in altering people about what their friends have been up to at the social networking portal.

This particular feature is considered to be as a prospective challenge to Twitter – a global micro blogging service. Twitter enables users to easily share what they are seeing, doing or thinking instantly in their messages that comprise of 140 or fewer characters.