21 May

Microsoft Quietly Launches Social Network So.cl

so.cl home page

 

Microsoft quietly launched a new social network last night – So.Cl.

The new social network, which was leaked out last year, is developed to give students the ability to network and share information with their peers. It was tested by many students at selected universities since last year.

so.cl home page

 

“So.cl (pronounced ‘Social’) combines search and social networking for the purpose of learning and research & it is the latest experiment from FUSE Labs,” Microsoft said in a description of the social network.

Users can log in to So.cl with their Facebook or Windows Live accounts. Once logged in, users can choose their areas of Interest, and follow their friends and other people. Just like Facebook’s share button, So.cl also has a “Share on So.cl” button, allowing users to share interesting Web sites with other So.cl users.

In addition to basic features such as sharing, tagging and commenting on posts, Microsoft has added a new feature – “Riff” on the post – that Microsoft describes as “a new way to interact & improvise with content.”

Another great feature in So.cl is the ability to create “video parties” that allows users to view YouTube videos and chat with their friends simultaneously.

Microsoft refers to the So.cl as “an experiment in open search,” that means your searches will be viewable to other So.cl users and public. But Microsoft also said it will not automatically post users’ So.cl activity and searches unless they opt in.

Do give it a try and let us know your thoughts in comments. Though the So.cl is completely different from Facebook or Google Plus but I find some of its features really cool and overall its pretty interesting, atleast better than Google Plus.

13 May

How Social Media Activity Impacts Organic Search Rankings ( Infographic )

impact of social media on search

 

Is Social Media a critical component of effective SEO? Can it impact your organic search rankings?
TastyPlacement, a web design and SEO company conducted a test to find out the impact of social media on search rankings. Just for the test, they created 6 websites in the same niche in 6 similar sized US cities. Five websites were promoted using different social media platforms and 6th site was not promoted on any social media site.

And with no surprise, the site promoted using Google+ saw the biggest increase in Google organic search rankings.
Do you think Google is favoring impact of Google+ in search rankings?
Check out this Infographic:

 

impact of social media on search

11 Apr

Google+ rolls out new design similar to Facebook Timeline

google plus timeline

 

 

google plus timeline

Google today introduced a significant redesign for its social networking site Google+. The changes are very similar to Facebook Timeline.
The company announced in a blog post that they are introducing a more functional & flexible version of Google+ with a much easier and nicer design.

Some of the new features include bigger profile photos and easy navigation around the news stream and apps.

“By focusing on you, the people you care about, & the stuff you’re into, we are going to continue upgrading all the features you already know & love—from Search & Maps to Gmail & YouTube. With today’s foundational changes we can move even faster—toward a simpler and more beautiful Google.”Google senior vice president Vic Gundotra posted on Google’s Official Blog.

So, what do you think of this new design of Google+?
I liked it very much but will they ever be able to compete with Facebook?
Though Google announced that they have more than 170 million users on Google Plus but I’m pretty sure number of active users on Google+ are pretty low.

 

 

04 Mar

Get Your Google Plus ID Card Now [ After Facebook ID Cards Service Blocked ]

facebook id card

facebook id card

Tobias Leingruber, a German artist, has started a website to create your own Facebook ID cards.
The ID Card featured User profile photo, full name, username , profile ID, country of residence, gender & join date.
The Facebook ID cards also include a QR code, so smartphone users can quickly scan & add your profile easily.

Tobias was even offering to print these cards but on the request of Facebook Inc., the website was removed.
Now when you visit http://fbbureau.com/, it says:

fbbureau

google plus id card

Now another German artist, Mortiz Tolxdorff has created a similar ID card service for Google+ profiles.
Mortiz is not offering printing service but you can download the card in PNG format.
It’s pretty cool. Try at http://hangoutgraphics.com/idcard/.

Source: ZDNET.com

11 Nov

Google+ Brand Pages – Connect with the customers & fans all over the world

google plus brand pages

As we previously updated about the Google+ plans to introduce Business pages later this year, Google Plus officially roll out the pages for all the businesses. Now you would be able to build relationships with all the things that you care and what matters to you.

Google+ pages are similar to Facebook pages. Google+ pages will help brands to connect and fans from all over the world. Fans would be able to add pages to their circles to participate in conversations with them.

Visit https://plus.google.com/pages/create#pages/create to create a Google+ Page.

Visit some of the Pages:
Angry Birds
Pepsi


Direct Connect from Google search

Google also introduced ‘Direct Connect from Google Search’ with Google Pages. Just go to Google Search & search for [+], followed by the page you want to connect with (e.g. +Angry Birds).
It will take you directly to the Google+ page.

22 Aug

Google introduces verifying Google+ accounts

 

google plus

Google has recently introduced verification badges to Google+ users. Initially, the move has been taken to verify celebrities, public figures, or those who have simply been added to a lot of circles. This will help people to follow the real celebrities or public figures.

“For now, we are focused on verifying public figures, celebrities, & people who’ve been added to a large no. of Circles, but we are working on expanding this to more folks.”, Google’s Wen-Ai Yu said in a Google+ post.

google plus verification

“Many celebrities and public figures are joining Google+, & if you are like me, you want to be sure the person you are adding to a circle is really who they claim to be,” she says.

This feature was first introduced on Twitter network where you see “Verified Account” badges on the profiles of celebrities and public figures. This will definitely help Google+ to engage users and bring back on their site.

 

12 Aug

Google roll out Games in Google+ network

 

To take the Google+ user experience to a new level and match up with the Facebook, Google launched games in Google+ project today. To make users spend more time on the new social network and make playing games online as fun as conversations, several games are launched and available now to play on Google Plus.

“That means giving you more control over when you see games, how you play them with your friends and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google plus are there when you want them & gone when you don’t.”, Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President, Engineering of Google posted on their official blog.

google plus games

The whole game process is more or less same like Facebook. You can choose from the games button at the top of your stream. You can see latest updates regarding games from your circles & can also see games which people you know have recently played.

If you don’t want to play games, you can easily ignore them.

Check out the screen shots of the initial games available on Google+:

google plus games

The games are only available to selected users at this stage and soon they will be available to everyone. If you are one of those selected users, do check them out.

But users who want to play Zynga games such as FarmVille, CityVille and Empires & Allies will still have go to Facebook as in the initial phase only Zynga’s Poker Game is available on Google+. But Google has added Angry Birds, the most popular phone game on their social network. Google is also one of the Zynga investors, so it won’t be too long when you see other Zynga games also on Google+.

And If you are a developer interested in building games for Google+ project, visit the Google+ developer blog to know more details.

 

26 Jul

Google acquires face recognition software company “PittPatt”

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Google buys computer vision startup “PittPatt” spun out of the robotics institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “PittPatt” is a face recognition software company and Google is likely to use this in its Google+ photo application to enhance the tagging feature.

pittpatt
“At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, & Goggles), so it is a natural fit to join Google & bring the benefits of our research & technology to a wider audience. We’ll continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications,” a statement from PittPatt reads.
This new software will help Google to match the standards of Tagging features created by Facebook. The amount paid to buy “PittPatt” is still not officially released by Google.

“The Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition team has developed innovative technology in the area of pattern recognition and computer vision,” a Google spokesperson said.

 

24 Jul

Google+ pulls 20 million users in 3 weeks

 

Since its launch three weeks ago, Google+ is all over the news. From its design to its ease of use, Google Plus is everywhere and gaining popularity. Now on Wednesday, in a new report by comScore; it has been found that Google  has attracted around 20 million unique users since its launch on their new social network from all over the world.
google plus infographic

Leon Håland created a graph to show the paces at which Google+, Facebook, and Twitter all hit 20 million users.

google plus stats

But still Google has a long way to go to come close to Facebook which has more than 750 million users, and Twitter which has more than 200 million users.
And the success of Google Plus also depends on the amount of time users spend on the site like they spend on facebook and twitter or are they just creating accounts to check google plus?
This question will only be answered in the coming days.

 

19 Jul

Google + iPhone App is available now

 

google plus iphone app
Google has finally launched the iphone app for its new social network, Google Plus. While the Goole Plus Android app was available from day one, the official release of the iphone app took time because of the review procedure of the Apple App Store.

The new social networking site by the google is growing at a tremendous speed now with over 10 million users now and everyday they are sharing more than 1 billion posts.

Here are some of the screen shots of the App:

google plus iphone app

google plus iphone appgoogle plus iphone app

Price of the App: Free
Description:
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Features:

  1. Circles which lets you share the right things with the right people.
  2. Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby.
  3. Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

For all those who are using google+ network now and enjoying there, then this iphone app will make your life more easy and fun.

 

19 Jul

Google+ Update: Business Pages later this year

 

google plus pages

The product manager of Google Plus released a video regarding the google plans for supporting the businesses and brands on Google+. The new social networking site is creating a lot of hype among users and recently it has also crossed the mark of 10 million users.
In this video posted on youtube, he explained about google+ plans in the near future. Initially they will testing with small group of businesses profiles before rolling out to the whole world.

Check out this video to know more: