Why Google+ and Facebook are wrecking the Internet

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I came across a fantastic article over at readwriteweb.com about why Google+(and Facebook for that matter) is ruining the Internet as we know it. Found it on Twitter of all places…

I’m not a tech insider, and don’t pretend to know how the inter-web works. I have reactions to new services like most people and hope they improve how we all communicate and collaborate online. When Google+ first came out, I took it as a Facebook competitor that was going to be there as a social tool to share content, pictures, and updates with who you wanted. What I didn’t see coming was how it became a replacement for content. Continue reading “Why Google+ and Facebook are wrecking the Internet”

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Damn! I’ve been playing with the Google+ Creative Kit…No blog post for you.

I have found the new photo editing tools for Google+ and have spent far too much time playing with it this evening! It is so much fun!

It offers good quality image editing for free and it mixes in some themes such as Halloween!

So in order to get a post out today, I thought I would share my amateur masterpiece! haha

Boo!

 

 

A massive increase in Google+ sign-ups! Time to delete my Facebook account?

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Today I read that Google+ has had a 1269% increase in growth of it’s users in the last week! They have also now got 50 million users. Those are big numbers!

This is exciting for me, as I contemplating closing my Facebook account before their new changes come into effect. Facebook is garnering much attention for their ability to track your every move online. Here is what I came across today from a tech blogger, Dan Winer from Scripting.com… Continue reading “A massive increase in Google+ sign-ups! Time to delete my Facebook account?”

Tom Anderson on the Google+ and Facebook War

Today Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed some of their upcoming changes that will be launched in the next little while. There has been quite a lot of discussion on Google+ today about how big of a change is coming up.

Remember MySpace? Nah, me either. But it used to be the biggest site out there…One of the people that ran Myspace was Tom Anderson. All kidding aside, Tom Anderson has a great perspective on how to run a social network. He’s now a user on Google+, and gave some commentary on the wars going on between Google and Facebook, and how the changes are going to end up benefiting Google in the end. Here is his commentary for you…

Why Facebook’s New Vision is Good for Google+

I sat back in awe watching Zuckerberg at F8 today. Facebook has done it again — they are always reinventing themselves, always pushing toward the future. They’re so good at incorporating other ideas at the right time (http://on.mash.to/rkpYna) and leaving out ideas, when the’re too early.

Many people have messaged me on G+ saying that the new Facebook looks like MySpace of 2008. Customizing profiles with modules, music, video, news. There’s some truth to that. But MySpace (even under my leadership) was a rudimentary and often poor implementation of those ideas. It’s also true that people may have not been ready for MySpace back then. (Not to mention that web standards and bandwidth may have not been ready.)

The thinking behind Facebook and MySpace have always shared some basic tenets, if not from the outset, at least by late 2004:

1) Everyone will be online. Some old folks will learn. The young will swim in it.
2) Everything gets better online when you can socialize around it / talk about it.
3) People want a “place” on the web, to be found, to communicate, and represent themselves.

These are some of the basic reasons these sites are so popular. Facebook gradually got better than MySpace at realizing all these basic ideas. The one they were never that good at was “representing” the individual. That will probably change with this new launch. There’s a chance Facebook could execute poorly and things won’t work as well as they hoped, but that’s not likely. Facebook generally gets things right over time.

So if Facebook keeps getting better & better, and keeps delivering on the basic promise of “social networking,” how is that good for Google+? It’s good because with the changes announced today, Facebook becomes quite different. I wouldn’t say that today’s Google+ is too much like today’s Facebook. But I will say, that to succeed in the long run, it’ll have to be different. And it just got easier to be “different.”

Here is the link to read the rest of the post. Oh, and while you’re there, sign up for Google+!
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Facebook update may be the boost Google+ needed

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Today Facebook made a load of changes and re-vamped their site. There has been quite an uproar from users all over the Interwebitubes all day, with a distinct focus on people getting fed up and looking at other options in social media. The big winner of the day has got to be Google+…

I’m not much for anecdotal evidence, but my little circle of friends(all 2 of them)started signing up this evening. I’ve had more conversations with people on Google+ tonight than the entire time I’ve been signed up! Now I don’t feel like such a loner. 😉 Convinced? haha.

One of the big stories out today from Mashable is that Facebook is making huge changes to their site towards a larger, yet undetermined goal, to become your entire online experience. Here is a small blurb from one of today’s articles.

Facebook is driven by a single, unique goal. Its priority isn’t to gain more users (it already has 750 million of those), nor does it feel compelled to find stupid ways to increase pageviews. Its primary goal right now isn’t to increase revenue, either — that will come later.

No, Facebook’s goal is to become the social layer that supports, powers and connects every single piece of the web, no matter who or what it is or where it lives. On Thursday at its f8 conference in San Francisco, the world’s largest social network will take a giant leap toward accomplishing that goal.

via Prepare Yourselves: Facebook To Be Profoundly Changed.

I honestly hope that Facebook changes so much that they ruin the reason that users came in the first place. To connect with friends they know…

Having used Google+ for a couple of months now, I have to say that it is a refreshing change from the crappy ads and secretive privacy changes we’ve had to endure on Facebook.

I’ve mentioned before that Google+ seems to get social circles and that you only want to share certain things with certain people. Facebook tries to do the opposite and have you share everything with everyone unless you take the time to block people, or create lists. Not as intuitive in my opinion.

Anyway, whether it was planned or not, Google+ is now open as of today for everybody to sign up! Head over there and start sharing! I know I will being publicly posting all my blog posts there for people to read. Head on over and check out my profile…gplus.to/pakos

Postaday2011 Challenge. 8 months down, 4 to go!

Yesterday I came up to my 8th month of posting every day in 2011! I’m enjoying the experience. Here are a few things I have learned from this blogging challenge so far.

  1. Just like anything, practice makes perfect. By posting every day I seem to be able to ramble off a post in a far faster time than before! I am far less picky as to what I put out there. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I guess I’ll see…
  2. The things that I normally like to talk about aren’t necessarily the posts that get the most comments or traffic! Surprise…I don’t have the pulse of the online community. lol. There are times where I hardly post a damn thing, and it gets fantastic response…
  3. Most of my comments seem to be on my Photo of the Day posts.  People seem to like blog posts that are short and sweet. Concise content…Makes sense to me. And people like pictures.
  4. If you post every day, people start to subscribe in numbers! Before starting the challenge, I had a couple of regular subscribers, but now I have close to 30.
  5. In my stats, I’m seeing far more variety in where my links are coming from. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, as well as the Zemanta traffic. I’m also finding people are remembering my site and simply heading straight to my home page to get updates! First time since I started years ago.
  6. I now get a bit of writer’s block that I’ve never experienced before! Now that I have a daily deadline, I need to come up with something to write! That’s when by brain short circuits. In the past, I only wrote when I felt I had something to share. Now, I have a silent editor breathing down my back to hit ‘Publish’…
  7. My traffic has increased dramatically over last year! So far I’ve had 28,000 visitors in 2011. In all of 2010, I had 16,000 or so. That makes blogging much more fun when you know people are actually checking out what you have to say!

I’d love to hear from other bloggers in the challenge and how it’s going for you. Leave a comment. 🙂