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Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses Google Is Now Getting Serious About Local Businesses
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Google has big plans for local businesses, and making billions for itself in the process. Google announced a major Google+ push into local search last week, when it revealed Google+ Local, which effectively turns Google+ business pages into the new …

Google Adds Captions For Google+ Video Google Adds Captions For Google+ Video

Unless you closely follow most Google employees on Google+, you may have missed the announcement yesterday of a new feature that has been added to the Google+ video player. Google+ videos now have a closed caption option, allowing caption files …

Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat Google+ Local Reveals Google’s Plan For Zagat
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Google has announced that it’s rolling out Google+ Local, which it bills as “a simple way to discover and share local information”. Google is finally revealing just what it’s going to do with it’s Zagat acquisition, as Google+ Local features …

Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local Google Talks More About Google Places & Google+ Local
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Earlier today, Google announced the launch of Google+ Local, a new social local search experience that will spread across Google+, Google Search and Google’s mobile search. It uses Zagat ratings and Google+ connections, and gives businesses a chance to make …

Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats? Is Google Forcing Google+ Down People’s Throats?
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Earlier this week, actor/Internet celebrity Wil Wheaton posted a pretty interesting rant about Google on his blog, and on his Tumblr. Specifically, it was about a feature he spotted on YouTube, which placed a Google+ like button in the spot …

Google+ May Be Getting Events In The Near Future Google+ May Be Getting Events In The Near Future

Well, this is convenient. This morning we brought you word that Google was adding Events support to the Google Places API. It’s no secret that Google has its APIs work together in one big happy family so one feature hitting …

Google+ Gets A Little Less Emphasis From Google Search Google+ Gets A Little Less Emphasis From Google Search

Beyond algorithm updates, Google has made at least two major changes to its search engine this year: Search Plus Your World and the Knowledge Graph. The former was designed to offer users a search experience more tailored to their own …

Google Glasses: Google Lets Photographers Try Them Out Google Glasses: Google Lets Photographers Try Them Out

Photos are clearly an important part of Google’s larger strategy, and Google+ has been an impressive offering into the photography world. Google is working on what could be an even more impressive offering, however, with Project Glass (aka: Google Glass), …

Google Wants a Deeper Relationship With You, Photos A Major Part Of That Google Wants a Deeper Relationship With You, Photos A Major Part Of That

Google held its first Google+ Photographer’s Conference this week in San Francisco, and emphasized the social network’s role in the photography world. Of course, the thing about that is that everyone’s a photographer (granted, not everyone’s good at it), now …

Google+ Is from Mars, Pinterest Is from Venus Google+ Is from Mars, Pinterest Is from Venus

So every webpage you visit these days is required to have a minimum of twenty social media buttons so that visitors can send updates of their internet activities shooting across the web for all to see. I bet you didn’t …

Facebook Gets Hangouts Through Oovoo Facebook Gets Hangouts Through Oovoo
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Google+ has one major feature that sets them apart from Facebook – the Hangout. With the recent public release of Hangouts on Air, the value is even greater. Facebook only has one-on-one video calling Skype, but a third-party application is …

Gmail Gets Better At Autocomplete Search Gmail Gets Better At Autocomplete Search

Google announced today that it has made some improvements to autocomplete predictions in Gmail. Specifically, they will now take into account the actual content of your emails. “For example, you might now get lax reservation or lax united as predictions …

Google Analytics Gets A Google+ Page Google Analytics Gets A Google+ Page

Google announced that there is now a Google Analytics page on Google+ that users can follow for updates. I’m not sure what took them so long, but it’s here now. “We’ll be sharing the latest and greatest about Google Analytics …

Google Maps API History Revealed In Office Hours Google Maps API History Revealed In Office Hours
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The Google Maps team does some of the more interesting things on the Web. It’s always a pleasure to hear what they have to say so this week’s Office Hours hangout is a treat. This week has Josh Livni and …

Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates
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Google launched Search Plus Your World earlier this year. Most Google users probably just know it as Google filling their results with a lot more results based on social connections. A lot of users complained about it, but Google appears …

Is Google+ a Ghost Town?  A New Study Reveals Weak User Engagement Is Google+ a Ghost Town? A New Study Reveals Weak User Engagement
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To hear Google tell it, Google+ is growing into a major social network that will soon rival Facebook. The company loves to point out that more brands are adopting the social network and that the site now has over 170 …

Google+ For iPhone: Google Finally Gets A Sense Of Style Google+ For iPhone: Google Finally Gets A Sense Of Style

Despite the perennial concerns over privacy and security, Google’s services remain pretty popular. Google can generally be counted on to make services that are easy to use and that make our lives easier. Even iPhone users tend to rely pretty …

Google Talks Content API For Shopping Testing Google Talks Content API For Shopping Testing

Only a few days after Google pushed the Hangout for the Content API for Shopping, they’re back again with another Hangout from just last week. This week’s Hangout focuses on a slew of new questions for the Content API team. …

Google+ App For iOS Gets A Facelift, Android Version Coming Soon Google+ App For iOS Gets A Facelift, Android Version Coming Soon

Google has rolled out an update to their Google+ app for iPhone. Google+ 2.0 gets a major overhaul for the user interface and a streamlined navigation experience. If you’ve used Google+ for iOS before, you know that the interface left …

Google+ Games Need To Take Advantage Of The Platform’s Strengths Google+ Games Need To Take Advantage Of The Platform’s Strengths

It’s pretty much a given these days that games are by far the most popular application on Facebook. The social gaming boom has been enormous and everybody wants a piece of the pie. Google saw that and started getting developers …

Luxury Brands Have Highest Google+ Brand Engagement Luxury Brands Have Highest Google+ Brand Engagement
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Google+ users apparently have some champagne tastes. A new survey from Simply Measured, a social media analytics firm, reveals that luxury brands like Ferrari, GUCCI, and Burberry rank the among highest among the Interbrand Top 100 brands on Google+ when …