Social Networks Update

Social media has evolved rapidly and we have seen the emergence of social networks that did not exist months ago. According to comScore in 2011 social networking sites reach 82% of the world’s online user population. Social networks and mobiles have combined to turn people into social media addicts. You’re on Facebook. You’re on Google Plus. You’re on Twitter. So let’s explore what’s happening in those social networks.  Continue reading

New Google Search Bar

A new Google bar helps you navigate quickly between products, and share the right stuff with the right people easily on Google+. Instead of the horizontal black bar at the top of the page, you’ll now find links to your services in a new drop-down Google menu nested under the Google logo.

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Google bar’s updated look

Discussion

I like these changes. What do you my readers think?

Brief Updates for Google Plus Watchers

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“Of course I know that it’s important not to waste your time. So the following list of things that you should be doing on Google+ will keep you both productive and effective, not just entertained.”  Read  10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now.

“What if from the outset, Google+ was never supposed to simply be a competitor to Facebook? What if Google wasn’t bringing the fight to Palo Alto, swords drawn and ready to take them on. No no, Google’s vision was much, much bigger than that, and it comes down to one thing. Advertising.”  Read  Google+ Was Never a Facebook Competitor

Related post: Facebook or Google Plus?

Facebook or Google Plus?

google plus iconIf you are a regular reader of this blog then you are well aware of my antipathy when it comes to Facebook. However, I have been considering joining Google Plus. For the last month I have been reading all I could find on both so I had some information upon which to make an informed decision. Below are excerpts from some articles I would like to share. What I’m looking for now is feedback from those readers who do have a Google Plus account. Continue reading

Google+ added to Google Social Search

google button Today, Google began adding Public Google+ Posts to Google Social Search.

Remember, to experience this updated feature, you’ll need to be on Google+ and also make sure that you’re logged into your Google Account when you search. In addition, only public posts on Google+ are visible in search results. Private posts on Google+ aren’t.

To learn more, check out our help center. May your searching be tasty!   The latest update to Google Social Search: Public Google+ Posts

Bottom line: Google Social Search continues to operate as before. Things shared socially at places like Twitter and Facebook by those you’re connected with may appear with annotations and rank better in results.  The main difference is, as Google’s post says, is that things you share on Google+ itself are now part of the mix. — Google+ Public Posts Coming To Google’s Social Search Results

Google+ has been on quite a ride in its first 6 weeks of existence. It obtained 10 million users in just two weeks and is now said to have over 20 million users. The overall reaction has been positive, but since the platform is currently invitation-only, the early adopters have mostly been the tech savvy crowd. Google+ Makes Splash in Social Sector, But Will It Last? Social media and search leaders react to Google+

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