If you opened any form of social media or news platform on October 8th, you likely read “Google Plus shuts down” everywhere. Google ousted consumer access to the Google Plus platform and here’s what we uncovered. A bug in the API for Google+ had been allowing third-party app developers to access the data to all Google Plus members who granted permission, and even their friends who did not. This may sound oddly familiar because it’s almost the same set of circumstances that had Mark Zuckerberg in the US Congress hot seat a few months back. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google realized the similarities and decided not to disclose the breach in fear of damaging their reputation, and by now we’re sure they’re wishing they followed in Taylor Swift’s footsteps taking their BIG reputation in stride. Shortly after the article was published, Google announced in a blog post the four main findings they uncovered during their internal API review, which they referred to as Project Strobe. The first finding leading to a company-wide decision to close the consumer access door to Google Plus for good, the other three enhancing what’s left of the Google suite as a whole.
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It’s fair to say the internet and social media still have an essence of the Wild West. No one positively knows what to do with the space, yet everyone knows it’s gravely important. If you think you’ve got it all figured out, then you’re more confident than most. Even traditional news organizations are finding themselves drowning in social media, especially on Google Plus. They’ve mastered web extras and photo galleries, but no one seems to take the time to actually engage. And why? The push back has always been about money. At least in the news world, you hear, “…but we don’t make money off it.” That could soon change, especially with Nielsen’s recent announcement that it will expand its definition of TV to streaming services. That basically means the bean counters will be looking at data from streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, which are viewed on devices like Google TV and PlayStation 3. And, long story short, that means Hangouts on Air could also soon be sold to advertisers. If news organizations can get a grasp on selling that space, then certainly you could, too. And truth be told, many people are already finding ways to
If you’ve ever shuddered at the sight of your own image on home video, cringed at the sound of your own shrill voice, or just fell victim to some unfortunate lighting, then you’ll likely want to read some tips on how to successfully host a hangout on air. The first question is – what is a Hangout On Air? In short, an HOA is how you broadcast your voice to the world. Sound intimidating? We say, pssshhh. An HOA is a conversation you have with up to 9 other people as it streams live over YouTube. You can also just host a conversation between others without broadcasting over YouTube, and that is simply called a hangout. The difference? HOAs potentially connect you with an unlimited amount of viewers as well provide a recording of what you did. You can also change the video settings after it processes to private or unlisted access. By changing the settings, you can control who gets to see the HOA after it’s over. Make sure you don’t delete it, otherwise, you lose the view count. Now that we’ve established the two, here are some ways you can host a successful HOA. WATCH: HOAs for the
When Google+ announced it would launch Communities a few days ago, loyal users didn’t dare take their eyes off their computer screens. In fact, as many anxiously waited for their invitations, they were also posting jokes about continuously stroking the F5 key for a refresh. And, for the techies on Google+, that was hilarious. Many others likely know little about this new Communities feature. Heck, they may not even be active on Google+ at this point. Despite hundreds of millions of people on the service, chances are they know only a fraction of their Facebook friends who are actually engaged on Google+. But for many people, this new Communities feature will be a game changer. 1. The intent is pretty simple. Communities provide a more permanent place for your passions. Before the launch of the new feature, so much of what you were posting relied on the people in your circles, rather than a shared topic. Some critics believed that’s what was flawed with Google+ in the first place. Watch “Google Plus Week” for a conversation on Communities 2. As a journalist, it reminds me of going “hyperlocal”. Around a decade ago, The Lawrence Journal-World unknowingly became the birthplace for
[GUEST POST by Katherine Gaskins] Should you hop aboard the Google+ bus? You’re a busy corporate leader. Here’s ANOTHER social media platform to launch! Google+ is the social networking arm of the Google empire. By sheer mass & universal reach, it can’t be avoided & certainly it offers the most comprehensive collection of free wikis, apps, communications tools, analytics, & APIs that can be incorporated right into your own web address. Do you need to add Google+ to your arsenal of social networks? YES!!! You can’t ignore it. Google+ is big & growing fast. Google+ is expected to total 100 million global subscribers this month, 7 months after its launch. It took Facebook 4½ years to reach that number; Twitter, 5. Tangentially, however, it must be admitted that Facebook was the first to create the quantum change in social user behavior. Growing at the rate of 625,000 subscribers per day, Google+ is expected to have more than 400 million users by the end of the year. The Basic Features: Google+ Circles (where you keep your associates & friends) Google+ Pages (where you feature your products & interests) Hangouts (where you
Google+ brand pages are slowly making a splash with big brands adoption. Obviously Google+ does not have the tools & applications it’s competitor Facebook has, but does have a cool feature to catch the eye of the visitor, animated scrapbook photos in the header. Until developers are allowed full access to Google+ API, one can only get creative not only with page content, but with animation. Below are a few examples of killer creative Google+ pages, followed by tips on how to make animated gif Google+ scrapbook photos. If you know of a super creative Google+ brand or personal profile using animated gifs, please tell us about them, and post the link below! Eric Cheng By far one of the coolest personal pages we’ve seen, a moving SHARK!. Eric’s Google+ page. Watch his scary video…(da da…da da.. da da da da da da da) [youtube]http://youtu.be/CkSX7NPhqhQ[/youtube] Burberry Awesome seasonal effect of snow falling. I wonder what they’ll do for Spring? Burberry Google+ page. SayItSocial We are proud of our creative director Crystal, for creating a “Fun” hello animation in different languages since we are a global agency. SayItSocial Google+ page. (P.S. Please follow & circle us while you are at it:)
Complete Guide on whether you or your business, company should be on Google+ About Ty DowningTy Downing is a social & digital media strategist, speaker, trainer, CEO of SISDigital. Please connect with Ty on… Ty Downing….and Google+.Mail | Web | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+ | More Posts (43)
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