Tag Archives: Social Networking

Are There Privacy Concerns with Google Plus?

Google Plus, Google’s recently announced social network, is currently being tested by select users as a beta project. In what is common with web-based software, the beta version of the platform was released to testers with limited features as well as basic security and privacy features. According to various reports online, a significant flaw in the privacy settings has already been identified.

Content Exposed Through Resharing

Like most of the popular social networks these days, Google Plus is designed to allow users to share and reshare content. The platform is equipped with a unique component known as Circles, a feature that allows users to separate their friends by criteria such as relatives, co-workers, and classmates. Unfortunately, all the content you share with your circle can be shared with the people in their circle, essentially meaning that your status updates, photos, videos, and other content can be exposed to complete strangers.

Since the beta version apparently does not have an option that allows you to restrict who reshares your content with others, those passing along sensitive information could possibly have concerns over this feature. However, Google has come up with a quick fix to counter the early critics. A BusinessInsider article showed that the company included a dialog box explaining to the user that the original post was shared with an exclusive audience and warning them to share the content responsibly. While disabling the reshare feature may have been a better move in the eyes of some observers, whether or not this approach will suffice when the project goes live is something that remains to be seen.

Big Deal or No Big Deal?

The Google Plus flaw was reportedly first spotted by Tim Bradshaw, journalist and Digital Media Correspondent for London’s Financial Times. According to Bradshaw, this flaw is no where near as serious as the hole that resulted in Google having to shell out a hefty sum to settle a legal dispute over the Buzz privacy fiasco. The Plus issue certainly does not seem to be a big deal at this point when considering that the product is being tested and such flaws can easily be addressed before the official launch. Additionally, while Google should certainly be held responsible for making sure users know how the platform works, it is ultimately up to the user to know just how public social sharing can be. Regardless of what mechanisms are in place, anything you share online can technically be shared with others.

Google has been trying to make a huge splash in the social space for some time, and may finally succeed with Plus. Due to its less than stellar track record, all eyes will certainly be on the internet powerhouse every step of the way. There does not appear to be any major privacy concerns in the early goings, but hopefully for Google’s sake this is not a sign indicative of the search giant getting in the way of its own success once again.

Twitter Tweets Past 200 Million Users [Infographic]

It’s been a wonderful year for all the Social networking sites that rule planet Earth. First, Google launches Google+, Facebook launched Video chat and Twitter get’s another user who helps it go over the 200 Million mark. Good news for everyone, except MySpace, Orkut and others that are evidently dying.

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Just yesterday, some new person went over to Twitter and signed up and did not even realize that he/she helped Twitter reach the 200 million milestone. That’s not the biggest news that I’m sharing with you guys, there’s something more astonishing. Since, Twitter’s launch way back in 2006, it has had a tremendously fast growth that no one expected. It’s not just the growth that amuses everybody, it’s the fact that Twitter revolutionized the way we share things. When Twitter first started out, people weren’t really sure if they could survive with that 140 letters word limit, but they have and they will continue to.

The Infographic below will show you what exactly Twitter is all about, it’s growth and the unforgettable and amazing Timeline of it’s existence.

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That’s the amazing story of Twitter’s success and how it got to 350 Billion tweets being shared every single day. That’s something isn’t it? If you go through the whole thing, you’ll notice that Twitter has even played an important role in sharing news, sometimes even being the first to break news. It has also helped the public during bad times, sometimes being the only source of communication.

If  you’re not on Twitter, you should probably go and join right now.

[ Source: Visual.ly ]

7 Chrome Extensions To Improve Your Google Plus Experience

Google Plus has been on the news ever since the day it was released. Millions of users flocked to check out this new social networking service by the search giant within just a few days of it’s release. Some people really liked the way Google designed this new networking service, whereas some claimed it to be a clone of Facebook. No matter what people have to say, Google Plus has become a really good competitor to it’s counterparts Facebook and Twitter.

In this post, I present to you 7 Google Chrome extensions that can completely enhance your Google Plus experience.

1. Extended Share for Google Plus

Extended Share for Google Plus

Extended Share for Google Plus is a perfect chrome extension for those who use other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, in addition to Google+. It provides a quick way to share your posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Basically, it adds a “Share on..” link to each of your posts, which on clicking will bring up an internal bubble letting you share your posts directly on other social networks.

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2. Usability Boost for Google Plus

Usability Boost For Google Plus

This chrome extension makes small CSS changes in Google+, so as to improve the readability and make the page more pleasing. It basically puts more focus on the content and enables you to easily distinguish between the posts and comments. It also pins the notification bar at the top, so that is always accessible.

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3. Notification Count for Google Plus

Notification Count for Google Plus

This extension checks for any unread notifications on your Google+ account and displays the notification count on your browser notification toolbar. It can be really useful if you want to stay up to date with what’s happening in your Circles, without keeping an open tab to do so.

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4. GTools+

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GTools+ is a really nifty Google Chrome extension that adds various useful features to Google+. It lets you stick the notifications bar always on top when scrolling, translate posts, customize notifications color, add notifications for Gmail and Google Reader, and much more.

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5. Google+Tweet

Google Tweet

Google+Tweet is a chrome extension that completely integrates Twitter inside Google+. It is a fully featured Twitter client for Google+. It lets you tweet, view your timeline, re-tweet, check your inbox, share your photos and much more.

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6. Google+ Tweaks

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This chrome extension lets you tweak the layout and features of Google+. You can preview images when you mouse over them, make Google+ use your full browser’s width, hide various elements that you don’t use, pin the notification bar and much more.

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7. Native Gmail for Google Plus

Native Gmail for Google Plus

This chrome extension lets you integrate Gmail into your Google+ page. It adds unread mail count in the notification bar and also lets you view your mails right within Google+. It also provides you options to set the refresh interval and the interval rate.

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Which among these extensions do you use? Have any other Google Chrome extensions to recommend? Tell us about it via the comments section.

Image Credit : Sean McCabe

CloudTalk Unveils New Partner Program

CloudTalk launched their new Partner Program with their new app called ‘atzip’ at the SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas. The CloudTalk Partner Program enables mobile and Web application developers to integrate a whole new dimension of voice, text and rich media to any application where human communication is important. According their new program, partners can access a full range of social networking and communications services for delivering natural and compelling user experiences and dramatically reducing time and cost to market.

CloudTalk, a social communications platform that enables natural communication through voice messaging, texting and photo and video sharing in today’s mobile and social world.

The atzip app is a  free social meet-up application that connects people who share similar interests and hobbies. The atzip mobile application is built on CloudTalk’s new social communications platform, and lets you talk and text with other people in a refreshingly new way. With atzip, you can choose to talk or text by sending “zip-ins,” short messages that describe what you’re in the mood for whether it’s coffee, a movie, or dinner, etc.

CloudTalk Platform also offers users to customize their experience to fit the unique requirements of third-party developers working with Internet-connected applications, whether they are group messaging, dating, education, celebrity broadcasting, etc.

Source: IntoMobile

GetGlue: A Social Networking Based iPhone/iPad App

GetGlue for iDevices is basically a social networking based App where users can tell their friends about what they are reading, watching, playing or in some instances thinking about.

Just like Foursquare and Gowalla, GetGlue enable users to check that what their Friend’s are upto anytime, moreover users can also leave any kind of a review on any activity that a friend has mentioned and resultantly people can like your comments and status updates.

Signing-up Process

While you are signing up for GetGlue, you can opt for two ways. One is that you can simply create a Get Glue account in a normal way and the other is that you can connect via Facebook. Once you are over with this, then you can start checking in and subscribing to the Feeds of other GetGlue users.

Good news for iPad users as GetGlue has recently launched an iPad and an iPod Touch app and they are also planning to launch an Android based GetGlue App as well. Overall, GetGlue general looks and feel somewhat conforms to Netflix where you can rate things and you will get suggestions based on your ratings.

Rating the stuff

Virtual Stickers

What I find interesting about this App is that as you rate stuff like Movies, TV shows and games and you will be getting virtual stickers based on these ratings. Similarly based on these rating you will also get recommendations that will be ideally tailored according to your taste.

GetGlue is a free app and can be downloaded from the Apple App store. If you want to get some information about this amazing thing that do check GetGlue.com.