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March 12, 2012

Facebook Makes It Slightly Harder To Share Blogger Posts

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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

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February 21, 2012

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

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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:

 

 

 

 

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February 7, 2012

Google Blogger Content Removed From Certain Domains Following Warning From India

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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

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January 31, 2012

Google Blogger Platform To Be Censored In Certain Countries

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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 Google.com blog in France the content would direct the users to Google.fr.

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

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January 19, 2012

Google+ Now Has 90 Million Users, Growing Rapidly

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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

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January 10, 2012

Google+ Integrates With Google Search, Personalizes The Web

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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 Google.com: read more

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January 3, 2012

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

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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 ow.ly/i/oT3R.” read more

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December 16, 2011

Britney Spears First Google+ User To Reach One Million Circles

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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

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November 30, 2011

Inside Google: What It Takes To Run The Massive Tech Firm [Infographic]

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Google LogoIn their quest to build a better network and remain the world’s #1 search engine and software firm the team at Google must consume tremendous amounts of electricity while always building new products.

The folks at BusinessMBA.org have created an infographic that showcases just how big Google has become.

Among some of the infographics most interesting facts are the 2-billion Killowatt-hour of electricity the company’s data centers need to consume to remain online (50% of what Hoover Dam produced in a year) and the simple fact that Google in 2010 with $29.3 billion in revenue made more money than the 28 poorest countries in the world COMBINED!

Throw in more than $2 billion earned annually from the massively growing mobile ads market and it’s easy to see why Google has managed to carve out a very nice business for themselves in a rather short period of time.

Here’s the infographic to show you more interesting fact about the Google company structure and what it takes to run the world’s fastest growing software and search firm: read more

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November 28, 2011

Google+ Publishes Page Building Guide For Politicians

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Google Plus For Politics

With the 2012 election cycle quickly approaching the team at Google+ has posted a guide for politicians and candidates, a step-by-step set of instructions for creating the perfect politician page for interacting with voters and constituents.

According to Google the guide is meant to help candidates:

“Promote an issue(s), platform or cause across the web.”

In the guide Google shows off the pages of Mitt Romney, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others who have already taken advantage of the Google+ platform to spread their messages. Other politicians also using Google+ at this time including President Obama and Newt Gingrich. read more

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