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Can Google+ Rival Facebook? Can Google+ Rival Facebook?
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As you may know (especially if you’re a Google+ user), Google+ got its first major redesign this week. There’s a pretty healthy mix of likes and dislikes among users, but one thing remains clear: the Google/Facebook competition isn’t dying down. …

The New Google+ Is Only The Beginning The New Google+ Is Only The Beginning
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Google launched a big redesign of Google+ on Wednesday. It’s in the process of rolling it out over the next few days. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “The new version of Google+ will gradually start rolling out to all Google+ …

Google+ Redesign Breaks Developer’s Apps And Extensions Google+ Redesign Breaks Developer’s Apps And Extensions
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“Thank you Google for breaking all my apps and extensions without warning!” That’s what Mohamed Mansour, creator of the Google+ extension that helps the blind use the service, said today on his Google+ profile. What follows is a rant explaining …

Big Changes Announced for Google Plus Big Changes Announced for Google Plus
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Google announced today that there are some big changes coming for the Google+ interface. Senir Vice President, Vic Gundotra, posted to the Google Blog today to give a rundown of the upcoming re-tool. Right off the bat in the announcement, …

Google Makes Google+ “Simpler, More Beautiful” Google Makes Google+ “Simpler, More Beautiful”

Google is in the process of introducing a more “functional and flexible version” of Google+, in an effort to attract more and more users to their social media hub. Aside from a refined look and feel, there’s also some structural …

Google+ Pages In Google Analytics Soon To Be A Reality Google+ Pages In Google Analytics Soon To Be A Reality

It looks like Google may be gearing up to offer even more social data in Google Analytics than originally thought. Arvid Bux at DutchCowboys.nl (via State of Search) blogged about a presentation Google gave, indicating that you will soon be …

Google Plus Now Claims 100 Million Users Google Plus Now Claims 100 Million Users
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In a letter released publicly last week, Google co-founder Larry Page laid some news on us all about the state of Google Plus. Far contrary to the doomsday expectations that we have countered here before, Page highlighted some unexpected good …

Google Places Helps Small Businesses Get Noticed Google Places Helps Small Businesses Get Noticed
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Google has touted the benefits of Google+ for small businesses through various promotional videos. One service that doesn’t get a lot of public love in regards to small businesses is Google Places. The Google Places team held a Hangout on …

Google+ Has Over 120 Integrations Throughout Google Products Google+ Has Over 120 Integrations Throughout Google Products

Google CEO Larry Page put out a lengthy letter to investors today. In talking about Google+, he mentioned that there are over 120 Google+ integrations (I assume this means internally with other Google products). Unfortunately, he doesn’t list them all. …

Larry Page Posts Huge Letter About Google’s Direction Larry Page Posts Huge Letter About Google’s Direction
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Google CEO Larry Page has posted a new update on the company’s focus in a nice, lengthy letter on the Google Investor Relations page. On Google+,Page writes: [I]t’s been just over a year since I became CEO again. Instead of …

Google+ Questions Answered In Latest Hangout Google+ Questions Answered In Latest Hangout
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One of the coolest things Google does is list the office hours of their various departments. This allows users and developers to ask questions of the team and get answers from the actual people working on the software. The Google+ …

Google CEO Larry Page Talks Google+, Google vs. Apple Google CEO Larry Page Talks Google+, Google vs. Apple
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Was Steve Jobs’s anti-Android rage all just for show? Was getting into social networking a good idea for Google? Is Google even really still a search company, or are they something else? Those are the questions that Google CEO Larry …

Google Favors Google+ Less In Search Results Google Favors Google+ Less In Search Results
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As you may know, Google released a huge list of algorithm changes it made in the month of March. We’ve already looked at what Google had to say about the Panda update, and Google’s increased focus on freshness. Another noteworthy …

Google+ Hangouts With Extras Are Being Phased Out Google+ Hangouts With Extras Are Being Phased Out
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Hangouts are arguably the most popular feature of Google+, and Google has gone out of its way to promote various, prominent Hangouts. The company has also used the medium to have plenty of its own, connecting with users and/or providing …

Google+ Hangouts API Out Of Preview Google+ Hangouts API Out Of Preview

One of the more impressive features of Google+ is the Hangouts feature. It enables video chatting among multiple friends at once over the Google+ platform, but organizations also use it to meet one-on-one with people. Googlers do it all the …

How Google Approaches User Experience How Google Approaches User Experience
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Google posted the following video from an on air Google+ hangout in which a handful of the company’s UX designers talk for about a half hour about the kinds of things they do when approaching user experience projects and issues. …

Google+’s First Commercial For the UK Google+’s First Commercial For the UK

While Google+‘s commercial with The Muppets has been on in the United States since the Oscars, the search engine introduced the ad copy to the United Kingdom, making it Google’s first ad campaign for that particular region. Apparently, the tag …

Google May Be Preparing Their Own Third-Party Commenting Platform Google May Be Preparing Their Own Third-Party Commenting Platform
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Google may be launching their own third-party commenting platform to compete with the platform launched by Facebook last year. Comments made on websites using Google’s platform would be linked to users’ Google accounts, and the system would be tightly integrated …

Google I/O Tickets Sell Out In 20 Minutes Google I/O Tickets Sell Out In 20 Minutes

Well, that was fast. We reported that registration was open for Google I/O this morning at 7 a.m. PDT. Last year, the tickets sold out in less than an hour. This year the tickets sold out in 20 minutes. Vic …

Google+ Notifications In Gmail Now Let You Add To Circles Google+ Notifications In Gmail Now Let You Add To Circles

Email notifications walk a fine line between useful and annoying. I find that I like receiving them for some services (Twitter, especially when I get a new follower or get retweeted or mentioned) and I absolutely hate receiving them for …

Google+ Hangouts Get Free Calls To U.S. & Canada Google+ Hangouts Get Free Calls To U.S. & Canada

Another feature has graduated the Hangouts with Extras class and is now a core part of the Google+ Hangouts experience. As of today, you can now place free calls anywhere in the U.S. and Canada right inside your Hangout box. …