Google+ Status Updates With SMS, Now Available in Africa, Middle East And Some Asian Countries

Google Plus SMS Updates

Google Plus SMS UpdatesIn some parts of the world mobile data networks, wi-fi and other basic internet connections are not readily available, even when carrier towers are within reach, it is for that reason that the Google India Blog announced on Monday that users in various parts  of the world can now begin updating their Google+ status using SMS (text messaging).

When the Google+ SMS service was first announced it was only available in the US and India starting in July 2011, the new update however brings the feature to 41 new countries including:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

Using the Google+ SMS status update service couldn’t be any easier, simply go to your Google+ settings page and activate your phone for use on the network. Once you have entered your number you can then begin posting updates and you will receive comments for those updates via SMS text messages.  [Read more…]

YouTube Channels Can Now Be Created Through Your Google+ Account

Google Plus with YouTube Channel Integration

Google PlusIf like millions of Google account holders you have chosen to use your same account for YouTube and Google+ the company has rolled out a new feature that allows you to create new YouTube channels directly from your Google+ account.

On Youtube’s blog Product manager Trevor O’Brien reveals:

You can now use your Google+ profile name and photo on a new YouTube channel, giving you one consistent identity across platforms when uploading videos, sharing, commenting and other public activities.”

The process is very simply to implement, basically you choose to create a new YouTube channel from inside your Google+ account and you will see the following options: [Read more…]

Facebook Makes It Slightly Harder To Share Blogger Posts

Facebook and Google Blogger Captcha

Facebook and Google Blogger CaptchaIt’s no secret that Facebook and Google don’t really like each other and that fact was highlighted on Monday when Facebook made it slightly harder for Google Blogger users to share posts on the social network.

Facebook has added a Captcha check that requires users to enter hard-to-read text into a box after it is presented as a graphic.

Designed to filter out spam from bots and other tricksters. The program focuses on online sites and doesn’t appear at this time to affect other users such as Official Google Mobile Blog users.

It also appears that the Captcha does not affect more popular Google Blogger websites.

In the meantime LiveJournal, WordPress, TypePad and Squarespace blogging platforms remain free of the annoying captcha feature now used for the Blogger platform.  [Read more…]

Google Latitude Leaderboard Added Into The Mix, It’s Pretty Much Just Like Foursquare

Google Latitude


Google LatitudeSince Google launched Google+ the company has quickly attempted to piggyback on the social networks success by rolling out new ways to use social media information. Recently Google began sharing Google+ posts in search results and now it’s using Leaderboard to compete with Foursquare, a leaderboard feature that implements Google+ data to rank users.

If you’re unfamiliar with Google’s Leaderboard it’s a program that rolled out last week for the Google Maps platform and allows users to earn points by checking into locations via Google Latitude.

The program has rolled out for Android devices with an iPhone version sure to follow in the future.

Google hasn’t officially announced the program as a Foursquare competitor, in fact the company didn’t even list Leaderboard feature when adding it to the new version of Android Google Maps, instead focusing on minor bug fixes including “improved battery performance for Latitude and Location History users.”

Google has also not yet provided all users with the most recent version of Leaderboard equipped Google Maps and the program only works for select users once they have checked into a location using Google Latitude.

Using the program Maps users can share their location as they have been able to do for the last year using Google’s Latitude app. Once checked in the user earns points and they are then shows the Leaderboard page which ranks them against their Google+ friends.

We’re sure even more features will be added once the program is fully released to all Google Maps users for Android.

Would you switch from Foursquare to Google Latitude Leaderboard if the programs end up being similar or will you just check in with two location based services?

Here’s a look at Google’s new Leaderboard feature:





Google Blogger Content Removed From Certain Domains Following Warning From India

India Google Blogger

India Google BloggerGoogle Inc. on Monday removed content from various blogger specific domains in India after the countries leaders warned a “China type response” if the company didn’t better censor content deemed “religiously inappropriate.”

The request comes one week after Google announced plans to censor blogger platform content in certain countries through specific URL domain protocols. For example a post may be banned in India but still show up in a country where freedom of speech is available.

Speaking about the request Google representative Paroma Roy Chowdhury  noted:

“(Our) review team has looked at the content and disabled this content from the local domains of (Google) search, Youtube and Blogger.” [Read more…]

Google Blogger Platform To Be Censored In Certain Countries

Google Blogger

Google Blogger

Less then a week after Twitter announced the censorship of Tweets in certain parts of the world search giant Google has announced a similar program targeted at the company’s blogger platform.

To reach the company’s new censorship goal GOogle will begin redirecting Blogger users to country-specific URLs for example instead of a blog in France the content would direct the users to

By adding country specific URLs Google can censor a blog post in one country but leave it untouched for example in the United States. [Read more…]

Google+ Now Has 90 Million Users, Growing Rapidly

Google Plus 90 Million Users

Google Plus 90 Million UsersGoogle+ is cruising along these days and that fact was buoyed by Google CEO Larry Page on Thursday when he announced during the company’s quarterly finance meeting that Google+ is now serving more than 90 million users.

When you take into consideration the fact that Google+ was reporting just 40 million users in October 2011 the improvement in usage is astounding.

In December 2011 Google+ watcher Paul Allen predicted that the social network had 62 million users while Experian Hitwise has predicted 400 million users by the end of 2012. [Read more…]

Google+ Integrates With Google Search, Personalizes The Web

Google Plus Search Integration

Google Plus Search Integration

We knew it was only a matter of time before Google+ and Google search were integrated in some way and on Tuesday Google rolled out that system. Under the deeply integrated platforms Google users who are logged into their Google+ accounts and to a smaller extent their other Google accounts will now see general search results along with the option to find results based off their Google+ friends network.

Using the search Google+ users can search their circles, photos, posts and a huge list of other on-site options.

Google has dubbed their new search platform Search Across The World and have given users the option to not just search a public database of websites, photos and other information but also a more private web consisting of your friends, co-workers, family and other Google+ followers.

To ensure there is no confusion over the new system all Google+ results are clearly annotated as such for example if searching for a photo (see above) you can see which friend shares the picture of the dog breed you are searching for.

Here’s a video showing the awesome capabilities of the new Google+ search integration for [Read more…]

Google+ Witnesses Huge Membership Growth, Could Reach 400 Million In 2012

Google Plus Membership Growth

Google Plus Membership Growth

Google+ still has a long way to go before the social network catches up to Facebook but recent numbers have proven once again that decent growth potential is being witnessed by the team at Google.

Experian Hitwise reported on Monday that the social network more than doubled it’s traffic in December. On their Twitter account the Experian team added:

“Google+ total US visits reach more than 49 million in Dec-11, biggest month to date & up 55% compared to Nov-11” [Read more…]

Britney Spears First Google+ User To Reach One Million Circles

Britney Spears Google Plus Page

Britney Spears Google Plus Page

Britney Spears on Friday became the first Google+ celebrity to officially surpass the one million circles milestone.

The find, made by The Next Web also reveals that Spears is the most followed person on Google+

Based on current numbers and the time since her page went live she’s literally receiving thousands of new followers every single hour of the day.

While Britney has the most fans on the service his content is hardly the type of marketing genius we would have hoped to find from a leading Google+ user. For example here’s her most recent Google+ update:  [Read more…]