Google Plus Progress Report

Whether you like it or not, Google+ is here to stay

By on October 7, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Whether you like it or not, Google+ is here to stay

It seemed inevitable that Google’s social experiment would eventually be scrubbed off the face of the Internet. The disdain for Google+ and Google’s forced implementation of the social media platform into each and every one of its products seems to be pushing users away, but in an interview with Re/code, new head of social media David Besbris claims that his team is “the largest [it’s] ever been.” More →

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Google Plus Real Name Requirement

Google finally gives Google+ users the one feature they have been asking for

By on July 16, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Google finally gives Google+ users the one feature they have been asking for

Google’s social network is now much more troll-friendly than it was when it launched three years ago, as the company is finally ready to offer users the one feature they have been asking for: choosing whatever username they desire for Google+. The company announced in a post on Google+ that, henceforward, it will let users select their desired username, which doesn’t have to be their real name, as it was the case before. More →

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Google Shuts Down Orkut

Here’s Google’s latest plan to make Google+ matter

By on July 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Here’s Google’s latest plan to make Google+ matter

After ten years, Google’s first attempt at creating a social network is finally coming to an end. Google announced on Monday that Orkut would be officially shut down on September 30th, 2014 to make room for the thriving social communities on YouTube, Blogger and Google+, all of which have handily outpaced Orkut’s growth over the past decade. More →

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Google I/O Schedule Google+

Here’s more evidence that Google+ is on the chopping block

By on May 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

Here’s more evidence that Google+ is on the chopping block

It might be time to start playing a mournful bugle melody for Google+. Google’s social network, which for a while became the Clippy of social networks because of its annoying efforts to insert itself into every other Google service, will not be featured at any panels at Google’s I/O developers conference next month, Droid Life notices. In contrast, Google held several panels on Google+ at its 2012 and 2013 I/O conferences, which really does make it seem as though Google is starting to ease off promoting its polarizing social network. More →

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Why Is Google Forcing Google+

Google will reportedly stop trying to force everyone to use Google+

By on April 25, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Google will reportedly stop trying to force everyone to use Google+

Google+, which was starting to acquire a reputation as the Clippy of social networks, is apparently getting its wings clipped. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that the departure of longtime Google+ boss Vic Gundotra this week signals the start of major changes ahead for Google’s social network. More →

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Google Plus Boss Vic Gundotra Leaving Google

The man behind Google+ is out at Google

By on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

The man behind Google+ is out at Google

Big changes may be coming to Google+. As Re/Code reports, former Google+ boss Vic Gundotra will be leaving Google after eight years at the company. Re/Code’s sources say that Google has appointed Google+ vice president of engineering David Besbris to take Gundotra’s place, which means that the company passed over Google+ product boss Bradley Horowitz, whom Re/Code describes as “Gundotra’s top lieutenant.” Re/Code’s sources didn’t give any indication about why Gundotra might be leaving the company, although the report does say that his departure will have “wider repercussions on what’s next for Google+.”

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Why Is Google Pushing Google+

There will be no escaping Google+

By on February 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM.

There will be no escaping Google+

Google’s attempts to more aggressively push its Google+ social network have been controversial but we shouldn’t expect them to stop anytime soon. The New York Times has a nice explanation of why Google+ is so vital to Google’s future advertising revenues and why it’s willing to risk annoying its user base to help get Google+ more regular visitors. More →

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Google+ Unwanted Invitations Criticism

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

By on January 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

It’s one thing to be a frustrated Google+ user. It’s another thing to be a frustrated user who happened to write an entire book on how to properly navigate and use Google’s social network. Kevin Purdy, the author of Google+: The Missing Manual, took to Twitter on Thursday to rant about how he had no idea how to stop total strangers from sending him invitations to events that he had no interest in attending. More →

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YouTube Google Plus Comment Moderation

YouTube starts to atone for the sins of Google+ integration

By on January 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM.

YouTube starts to atone for the sins of Google+ integration

YouTube has been in hot water with its content creators and its viewership ever since Google+ integration began seeping into the site. Interaction between those who make videos and those who watch their videos became more difficult and awkward then ever before. Many YouTube creators simply turned off comments altogether as a sort of strike against the inadequate comments section that has replaced the perfectly functional system that had served the site for years. It was supposed to be just another way to persuade users to join Google+, but instead it caused a firestorm that hasn’t let up since. More →

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Gmail Google+ Settings Controversy

Surprise! You won’t be able to email Larry Page through his Google+ page

By on January 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Surprise! You won’t be able to email Larry Page through his Google+ page

Google’s most recent tactic for pushing Google+ on its user base has drawn plenty of criticism and apparently even Google realizes how potentially annoying it could be for users who get lots of unwanted emails from strangers. The Verge notices that “high-profile” Google+ users have their default Gmail settings set to block any emails that are sent through their Google+ profiles. This is different from the default Gmail settings for the majority of users that allow anyone who views your Google+ profile to send a message to your Gmail account even if you’ve never met them before. The list of “high-profile” users presumably includes Google CEO Larry Page, who has more than 4 million followers in his circles. More →

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Google+ Promotion Criticism

Dear Google: Please stop trying to make me use your terrible social network

By on January 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Dear Google: Please stop trying to make me use your terrible social network

OK, Google, I rely on your for a lot of things. Not only are you my default search engine but you’re also my primary email account (Gmail), my web browser (Chrome), my mobile operating system (Android) and even my primary music streaming service (Google Play All Access). I think it’s fair to say that I am a customer and on the whole I’ve been more-or-less happy with you. But there’s one thing that you’re doing that is driving me crazy: You keep trying to get me to use a social networking website that I have absolutely, positively no desire to ever use or even deal with. More →

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Google Plus Search YouTube Integration

Exec says Google+ is ‘the next version of Google’

By on December 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM.

Exec says Google+ is ‘the next version of Google’

Whether you’re a fan of the ever-expanding Google+ integration or not, as far as Google is concerned, there’s no turning back now. In an interview with Livemint, Google’s Steve Grove, director of partnerships for Google+, went into some detail about how the company plans to stretch Google+ even further in the future: “We’ve been consolidating the different services, so today Search, YouTube, the Google Play app store, all this plugs into Google+. And the reason for that is that Google+ is kind of like the next version of Google.” More →

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Google Plus Social Activity Study

You’ll never guess what type of people use Google+ the most

By on December 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM.

You’ll never guess what type of people use Google+ the most

A new study looks into Google+ usage, a social network that has been labeled as a “ghost town” in the past for not being actually used as much as Google would want it to be. Performed by GlobalWebIndex (via Quartz), the new study shows that Google+ is mostly interesting to and therefore most used by… people who work in IT. Shocking, we know. Other top user types include senior “decision makers,” company owners, people who are self-employed and people living with friends or who are single. Since nearly a third of Google+ usage is tied to IT workers, Google’s social network is to engineers what Facebook is to moms and Twitter is to journalists, Quartz concludes. More →

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