Google+ Games. Now it’s On.

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Google+ Games. Now it’s On.
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Well, it was only a matter of time. Here comes Google+ games for better or for worse.

Will games put Google+ in the mainstream? Will you play them? Comment here.

As you may have guessed, I’m not a big Facebook gamer.

Google announced the addition of games to Google+. They began the rollout on Thursday.

“With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web,” said Vic Gundotra, Google Senior VP, Engineering, on the Google Blog. “But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.”

“That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences,” he added. “Games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.”

Clearly, Games have been a huge part of building Facebook’s popularity. Zynga games in particular, have been a large part of that. Now, you will find that Zynga is offering games on Google+ as well.

Google Plus Gets Games

Google got its feet wet with games in the Chrome Web Store, and got plenty of Chrome users addicted to Angry Birds, which as you can see from the above image is one of the titles offered via Google+. That alone should keep a number of people engaged with Google+.

Google acquired a couple of social game companies last year in Slide and SocialDeck. On top of that, Google is encouraging third-party envelopers to build games for Google+, all the while taking only 5% in commission compared to Facebook’s 30%. Developers can learn more about developing games for Google+ here.

It’s true that Google+‘s early days have seen tremendous growth for the service, but not everyone is sold on the network being a Facebook killer, and it probably doesn’t have to be, but clearly, Google is serious about building this thing as a major player in the space. Games should help them along that quest.

This whole authorship markup thing for search may play a significant factor as well. If having a Google Profile means helping your chances of ranking in search, you can bet that a lot of people are going to take that seriously, and that’s going to add a great deal of visibility to those profiles, which will in turn add a great deal of visibility to Google+.

Someone in the comments of this article said Google will get in trouble for this. I don’t know about that, but it is interesting that Google would reveal this right as the company is engulfed in regulatory scrutiny – namely a broad investigation into its business practices by the Federal Trade Commission (not to mention an upcoming hearing with the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust).

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that “people familiar with the probe” indicated that Google’s Android and web search businesses would be key areas of focus.

Clearly, Google is very confident in its own business practices in regards to competition. Google has stood very firm on its stance in this regard, recently providing 5 key principles as to why it stands up to any scrutiny in this area.

Once Google announced Google+ Games, Facebook immediately followed it up with some game and app related announcements of its own, showing that they’re not only improving the gaming experience for users, but pushing them more aggressively. The company has begun rolling out a new ranking system aimed at better surfacing app stories to people who will “most likely” engage with it. We’ll see how well that works. They’ve had some issues in that “most likely” departement with the chat list.

It’s interesting that Facebook is now almost taking the opposite approach on app/game visibility. Tricia Duryee at All Things D asks if Facebook is bringing back viral spam, saying that they’re “bringing back some viral components that were turned off after users complained about random alerts cluttering their news feeds.”

All the more interesting considering recent ban bot-related events, and Mark Zuckerberg’s personal criticism of an app’s auto-wall posting.

Here’s what some industry thought leaders think about Google+.

Is Facebook showing more signs of panic over the potential impact of Google+? Tell us what you think.

Google+ Games. Now it’s On.
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  • http://sportimizer.blogspot.com Shane

    Still haven’t got it… :(

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      You’re invited.

  • http://www.socialmotus.com Madeline

    One more step towards social networking domination ;)

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      They have a lot of steps to go to get there, but games should be a pretty huge step in that regard. Of course, INTERNET domination is a different story. They have the operating systems, the browser, the search, the ads, the social network, the online video destination, the email, the doc/spreadsheet tools, the feed reader, and a whole lot more. Oh, and the broadband.

  • http://simplyhealthandwellness.info ryel35

    more to come..

  • Adsense Publisher

    What’s worse, our own government monitoring us to find terrorists and criminals or a corporation doing it for profit?

    Google is creating an unfair advantage over Facebook and other social networking sites because they are using their +1’s as a ranking signal, and so there is incentive for website publishers to get others to then join Google Plus so they can +1 their pages and help the website and it’s pages rank higher.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Looks like the Google Profile will be a ranking signal too – authorship markup data – which means having a google profile.

      • http://www.LAokay.com Adsense Publisher

        I’m surprised that Facebook has not already filed an anti-competitive lawsuit against Google.

    • http://www.LLCTKD.com Kevin

      fair game in my book, if Facedork is going to cry about it, they can spend some cash and develope a better search engine. This whole thing of, competition isn’t fair cause you are smarter is crazy! Facebook claims they can’t stop the spam and viruses, but yet, they can block links to Google plus. They just don’t care about their users anymore…..and if China can block nearly EVERYTHING that comes in their country, facebook CAN & SHOULD do a better job.
      I LOVE GOOGLE+ so far, and keep building with it. It seems my website is getting better ranking since I started using it with GOOGLE+.

      • zendo

        The world doesn’t work that way buddy. You’d be the first one to cry when you are affected by it. And then you will wonder what hit you. It is a chain reaction and you are at the end of the chain. Things you will never understand. Adsense Publisher is right.

  • Maxim

    I just don’t find Google plus attractive or useful. Nobody is there. I love Facebook and it’s all I need.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      It definitely needs more people.

  • RB

    “This whole authorship markup thing for search may play a significant factor as well. If having a Google Profile means helping your chances of ranking in search, you can bet that a lot of people are going to take that seriously, and that’s going to add a great deal of visibility to those profiles, which will in turn add a great deal of visibility to Google+.”

    Google is going to get in trouble for that.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      I don’t know how it will affect anything, but it is interesting that they would bring this up as they’re being scrutinized by the FTC over web search practices.

  • http://www.dannywhitehouse.com Danny Whitehouse

    This is great, but it’s not new. Why oversaturate it? Keep it simple, use it for what it is. Can get games from anywhere. I hope they are not the same format as those games on Facebook where if you’re impatient you have to pay..

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Crum

      Games mean users and continued use by those users. Simple as that.

  • debittoo

    I would love to play them.

    Looks interesting and i want to know what’s the difference with the Facebook games notification…

  • http://www.AuthenticDeadSeaBeauty.com Kay

    Loving the Angry Birds!

  • http://1stpersonblogger.blogspot.com/ m

    I think Google+ is giving Facebook a run for their money. People are dissatisfied with Facebook over their privacy policy which they seem to change without notice very often. I think if Google can assure users of privacy then it is only a matter of time before everyone migrates to Google+.

    • zendo

      LOL! What people are dissatisfied with Facebook because of their privacy policy? Nobody. Just a few web savvy ones but they sill love the site. Nobody cares about that on Facebook. People have more things to worry in life than privacy on Facebook. They are there because of their low self esteem anyway. They like Facebook and won’t leave it for Google +.

  • http://www.presidentofgalaxy.com presidentofgalaxy

    I love Google+. When will we play farmville and AB.

  • sean

    Chris, can you invite me too pls? :)

  • Toni

    Google is after Facebook, to send them out of the business. They dared to challenge the Big Fish and now the will suffer the consequences.

    As I said before, to understand Google movements, and futures movements, don’t think about technolgy but about a business game where Facebook is about to lose.

  • Cani

    This +1 as ranking signal is going to backfire on them. If I were Facebook, I’d sue Google. Google is being anti-competitive abusing their power. It is not like Google + will go anywhere but Facebook certainly has a case against them. Maybe FB will wait more time to get more cash out of them.

  • http://www.kmhkreations.com Duncan

    Unfortunately, as someone who has to clean my Facebook stream of “Farmville Accomplishments” I knew this was an inevitable transition of Google’s “anything you can do I can do better” strategy against Facebook. Games are here to stay.

    So what’s next? To put it simply: Googlebucks. I’m guessing since Facebook created “Facebook Credits” to extract money from impatient players, Google will do the same.

  • Andrew

    While I’m not a gamer on Facebook, I did pay a few on Google+. It’s good to know that I won’t be spamming my friends with the accomplishments. Now…on to Angry Birds. LOL.

  • http://www.bestbuys4business.com Michelle

    I really don’t think Facebook has anything to worry about. You have to be logged into Google to select Plus +1 and I think it will take a while for results to really show. As usual it is those with thousands of followers that will benefit the most and they are already at the top of search results, so what is the point Google. I think Google would have been better off asking us to ditch the crap with a -1, then we would come across broken links and useless information.

  • http://www.inboxex.com brian

    It is amazing that there are so many people in this world who have time to play games like farmville. I know a person who was invited to invest in to zygne but he said no because he didn’t have time to play that kinf of games and he didn’t believe that people would play that kind of games. but he was so wrong!

    My friends keep telling me that how their bosses have nothing to do at work most of the time and they can watch them play games on Facebook during work time.

    This world is amazing.

  • http://elsiethecow.net Elsie

    Google needs to concentrate on being a search engine. It is going to Microsoft itself and end up being mediocre in numerous niches that it ultimately has to pull out of.

  • http://www.ecotour.com.np ecotour

    very good website thank you for your website

  • http://www.sumalnap.com/blog.html Jay

    Well, I’ve played Angry Birds, its kinda boring.

  • http://tvinlive.blogspot.com/ Alex

    I think it is time consuming! Doesn’t?

  • http://javabaliholiday.blogspot.com/ Zoyanny

    For many of my lovely friends online like offline game is very important, not only as activity and entertainment as well, also as live mirror and everyday live dreaming . I always want them to discuss what is the meaning? I take them many time for holiday too.

  • http://www.oldshopmanuals.com oldshopmanuals.com

    The next big game to hit the scene is almost ready to launch. You can sign up to win free downloads and be emailed prior to launch.Check out www.nightlings.com

    It’s going to be big!


  • http://1stpersonblogger.blogspot.com/ m

    The game is on indeed!

  • http://www.IMS-Global.com.au Brad

    Games are the most controversial part of all social media, period. However, this is the first social media “tool” that allows us to segregate our “friends” into various “types of friends” and “those that send game invites” can be easily be grouped into a “game inviters” circle and yet still be part of our social circle.
    Even though I am not a big fan of the games, to me this makes for a richer and more diverse social experience, almost like being out in the “REAL WORLD”.

  • http://lovepetworld.blogspot.com/ Peter Write

    Google+ is great i think it will surpass Facebook it will certainly give them a run for there money.

  • http://www.metanym.com/milton-keynes MarkFL

    New games will interest people, not copycats.

  • http://www.hedgehogdigital.co.uk/ SEO Bedford

    Google seems to be making everything right this time. Social Media engagement is the key to success of any social network and games are a powerful engagement tool. Will we see Zynga Poker on Google+?

  • http://www.alejandroshotelcusco.com/ Shomara

    new games..with games in the Chrome Web Stor?

    which as you can see from the above image is one of the titles offered via Google+. That alone should keep a number of people engaged with Google?

  • SchneiderAndy

    I just paid $22,87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38,76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $71,32 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://bit.ly/qNNVG2

  • http://www.culturalandadventuretravel.com/ Shomara

    diamond dash
    I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again.

  • Art

    No, not Facebook, not twitter, nor Linkedin, or any other social network other than Myspace, who was already doomed.
    As for games Facebook will win big time and you won’t find any better place to put your products out to millions.
    Myself I like Linkedin and Ecademy, they both are educational and good all around helpful people.
    Ecademy is far more friendly with some kick butt methods of getting your website ranked in to top 5 on page one of yours truly, Google.
    Linkedin has a very diverse crowd of business owners of all kinds, along with a half dozen other social sites, Hootsuite and Top-follower being the best.
    Google+ will die out after their debut and personally I could care less. The hype coming from obvious investors made me sick to my stomach.


  • http://apps.facebook.com/chatrounds/ Rachel

    Can you video chat from within a game, like on Facebook Video Chat Rounds? Does anyone know?

  • http://www.emuzicabuna.com special consult

    Any body can help me with a answer
    1) I observe that Facebook is well ranked in google
    2)Facebok and youtube dos not help the bussines because people dont folow the link which are there in the description
    3) if you meet a rezult from youtube or facebook is dificult to pass with your website
    the question is if facebook is a google competitor ,dos not help the bussines why should google ranked the fun page well ?

  • http://adainfo-di.blogspot.com/ sisca

    woww nice info that new game on google plus i must try this Google Plus

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