Google today introduced their social network, the Google + project.
Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others. With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.
Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.
In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.
We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests.
The social network seems to consist of the following five components:
- +Circles: share what matters, with the people who matter most
- +Sparks: strike up a conversation, about pretty much anything
- +Hangouts: stop by and say hello, face-to-face-to-face
- +Mobile: share what’s around, right now, without any hassle
- +Huddle: Coordinating with friends and family in real-time
You and over a billion others trust Google, and we don’t take this lightly. In fact we’ve focused on the user for over a decade: liberating data, working for an open Internet, and respecting people’s freedom to be who they want to be. We realize, however, that Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus—on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.
ReadWriteWeb have posted that they believe Google will be announcing a new social networking service called Google Circles. The announcement is expected at South by Southwest Interactive today. The service is rumoured to offer photo, video and status message sharing. Check out their full report here:
Look at all the lovely new stuff Apple are giving us:
The new iPod Touch with FaceTime, Retina Display, HD video recorder and Game center:
The new iPod Shuffle with Multi-Touch
The new iPod nano with new VoiceOver and the return of controls.
The awaited release of Apple tv, rent HD films and stream media content from your PC, all for £99
and now iTunes 10 with the new social network for music, Ping.
MySpace is getting a make over and it is about time too. This once dominant social networking platform has fallen behind the times pretty quickly in both looks and functionality. It plans to simplify its homepage making the User Stream look more like Facebook’s Live Feed. It is also reported that MySpace also are going to group users Photos, Videos, Music and Events into one sections called “My Stuff”.
MySpace will continue to focus on the teen audience with the idea that it will introduce them to “discover new things”, whatever that means.
We hope that this is going to be a complete overhaul, making MySpace look as slick as it rivals. It has a certain 90’s webpage feel to it at the moment. They will also have to be very thoughtful when it comes to the huge music community that they have. It is still the place to go to showcase your music and interact with your fans.
We should expect to see these changes this autumn (the fall).
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Now this is a very nice App indeed. Flipboard is your personalized, social magazine for the iPad. It interacts with your social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Once it is connected to them it will gather the articles images, photo albums and videos that your friends are sharing. You can also pick from a selection of feeds offered by Flipboard. It automatically updates when your social networks do, so there is always fresh content.
We here at Ongoing Issues think this is fantastic, and a really nice way of extracting shared data from your online community. Check out the video below to get more of a feel:
TweetDeck have release version 0.34 for Mac, so what’s new. Well after the upgrade you are presented with this rather lovely dialogue box:
As you can see, a few of the features are:
- Schedule updates
- Upload Videos
- Global filtering
- Social Network integration
Check out the following YouTube video from TweeDeck explaining more: