Good news... Google+ now allows you to share your circles!
Check out the Google+ video here for more details on how to share circles with your friends:
Here's how a "shared circle" will appear in your Google+ stream:
Unfortunately, I cannot yet "Share" my circles... waiting for the feature to roll out across the 50+ million or so users across this blue planet.
I am thinking of sharing these circles: Dell, Social Media Smarties (like my twitter list!), Entrepreneurs, Photographers and Austin, TX. I have many more lists I could share... pondering options. If you think I have a list I should be sharing, let me know! :)
What circles will you share first? Leave comments / links to those in the comments below so we can see your shared circles. Thanks!
Google+ is the new hotness on the web. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about this new bright, shiny new toy social media platform from the team over at Google.
It's the best social platform I've seen from Google so far; in fact, it's better than nearly every social platform out on the web today. Clearly, Google absorbed the painful lessons learned from prior experiments like Google Wave, Buzz and even Orkut, and applied that wisdom to building Google + into a very robust, solid experience. I'm very impressed and thoroughly enjoying this new application.
Accordingly, I am being flooded with requests for invites to help others join Google+ (Plus) http://Google.com/+. I've invited well over 200 people so far. Now, I want to share how to send Google+ invites with you.
Follow these steps below to begin sending Google+ invitations to your friends too:
Step 1. First, you must already have access to Google +. I know that might seem kinda obvious, but a few folks have tried and asked for my help who didn't already have access?! Be sure you're already logged in to Google+ on your desktop computer or laptop. (The invite process is similar using the Google+ android app.)
Step 3. Write a note to your friend, e.g. Google+ invite for you! (this becomes the subject line of your invite email).
Step 4.Important! Remove the circles that appear by default, i.e. Public, Your circles, Extended circles. Select each one and click the little "x" that appears on the right. Now that you've removed all three, progress to the next step.
Step 5. Select "+ Add more people" to type in your friend(s) email address(es). Each time you enter an email address, it will appear in a small gray box (select that to confirm). Then it will appear as a blue button (similar to how "Your circles" appears below as a blue button. Once you've entered all the email addresses you want to send invites to, then click the "Share" button to send. You'll get a confirmation for successful send. That's it!
Be aware that Google + is gradually adding people. So your friends, may not gain immediate access. Be persistent and keep trying! It works eventually.
Now that you've sent your friends Google+ invites, you'll see them adding you to their circles (see notification area) after they login. Add them to your circles to "follow" them back. Next send them this blog post so they know how to send invites too! Oh, and connect with me on Google+ too.
Let me know if you have any problems following these steps above. I want to update it if there's anything that needs clarification. Be sure to leave a comment if you tried this and have any feedback.
Update 1 - based on reader feedback (thanks): You need to only send the invite 1 time. Recipients of your invites my get an email message back from Google indicating that they are limiting access, which means they won't be able to login just yet. KEEP TRYING anyway, it works eventually! :)
Update 2. It looks like Google might be holding invite emails back?
Just got feedback from a Google+ user Nilay Shah -- "I tried a test post just now. No email received. But i guess the invite still gets listed with google. Some of my family members and friends didnt received an email but were able to login after sometime using their gmail ids."
So, I heard all the buzz -pun fully intended- about Google's new social platform site Google +https://plus.google.com. First of all, where's my invite?! Second, why on earth am I getting a 404 error when I attempt to follow the project by clicking on the "Keep me posted" button?! Seriously, if Google can't serve up the "Keep me posted" page, why on earth do I think they'll invest in this new toy, erm, social site?
We all saw what happened with Google Buzz (yawn) and now this odd attempt at launching a new site. I am also surprised at the lack of news and information about the site. It fails to connect with me at this point. Curious what the experience will be, that is if I can ever secure a login. ;)
So, instead of experiencing the new Google + site, I only see this (#FAIL):
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I am seriously a skeptic when it comes to Google and social. It's just not in their DNA. Afterall, remember, this is a company that spends countless hours on shaving off milliseconds from server load times. Think about that for a second... that's engineering, NOT social social user interaction or design folks.
Don't even get me started on the concept of Google and "community." That just doesn't exist. And therein lies the core of the problem. Google can't engineer its way out of this social conundrum.
This is yet another lame attempt by the search engine to grab a space in the social realm, because it knows the web is shrinking. They could hope to expand their reach, but it's too late for that. In 3 years, Google will be a tumbleweed of a brand, unless they can place their bots inside the social realm, which is quickly carving up the web as we know it. And that... is a whole other blog post!! More to come...
Disclaimer: I have not yet had the opportunity to evaluate Google +https://plus.google.com. I will try out the Google + tour link. Not sure my opinion would change much, but I could be swayed if I saw something innovative from Google; not getting my hopes up though.
Love to know your thoughts, reactions, debates and arguments on this topic. If you were Google, what would you do? Jarvis, anyone?
UPDATE: Remarkably, I now have access to the "Keep me posted" form (screenshot below). So, I've now completed that step and am waiting for the official invite to arrive.
After completing the form, you'll be presented with the option to learn more and take the tour I referenced above.
Around 12 midnight, I downloaded the Android Google+ app to give it a shot. And lucky me, my login worked and I now have access to Google + which is really different. Google + looks terrific on my Dell Streak 5" tablet running Android 2.2.
I am still poking around and learning all the features (it's not a simple 1-2 layer deep app). There are numerous features and deep integration with Google products, which is a welcome change.
So, now I must confess, I was too hasty with my initial opinion and this blog post. Kudos to Scott Monty who first got me thinking I was being unfair, and he was right.
Earlier today, I was inspired by Tris Hussey to provide a comprehensive list of Google Chrome "power extensions." So, here is my exhaustive list of forty "must have" Extensions for the Google Chrome browser. But first, to get started you'll need to download the Dev version of Chrome (it works great on my new Windows 7 PC laptop). Mac users can get the mac Dev version here. Google Chrome is by far the best performing browser ever released to the web. It will liberate you from the frustration so common with other browsers.
There are hundreds of Google's extensions, so if you're looking for something not on my list, then go here and search for it! Please do let me know if have any feedback to share. Feel free to recommend different extensions, or perhaps you know of a better version, than I have listed here:
Ok, phew you installed all these great extensions! Ok, now go tweak the "Options" for each extension here --> chrome://extensions/ You can also disable or uninstall extensions. (I had to disable the "Cool Iris" one as it was crashing too much).
At Google, we are committed to giving you a consistent user experience across products and devices, and we really value the feedback you've given us about Google News for mobile. Today we're excited to announce a completely new Google News offering for iPhone, Android, and Palm Pre users. (We already offer a mobile-optimized version of Google News for other phones, such as Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and S60, and more improvements will be coming to those in the near future)
This new version provides the same richness and personalization on your phone as Google News provides on desktop. Our new homepage displays more stories, sources, and images while keeping a familiar look and feel. Also, you can now reach your favorite sections, discover new ones, find articles and play videos in fewer clicks. If you are an existing Google News reader on desktop, you will find that all of your personalizations are honored in this mobile version too.
Google News for mobile is now available in 29 languages and 70 editions.
So pick up your mobile phone and point your browser to http://news.google.com to catch up on news anytime and anywhere. Feel free to check out more information or leave feedback in our Help Center.
Posted by Ankit "Chunky" Gupta and Alok Goel, Mobile News Team
A wave is a threaded conversation, consisting of one or more participants (which may include both human participants and robots). The wave is a dynamic entity which contains state and stores historical information. A wave is a living thing, with participants communicating and modifying the wave in real time. A wave serves as a container for one or more wavelets defined below.
A wavelet is a threaded conversation that is spawned from a wave (including the initial conversation). Wavelets serve as the container for one or more messages, known as blips. The wavelet is the basic unit of access control for data in the wave. All participants on a wavelet have full read/write access to all of the content within the wavelet. As well, all events that occur within the Google Wave APIs operate on wavelet level or lower.
When you spawn a wavelet from within a wave, you do not inherit any access permissions from the parent wavelet. During the lifetime of a wave, you may spawn private conversations, which become separate wavelets, but are bundled together within the same "wave." Since events occur at the wavelet level or below, the context of an event is restricted to a single wavelet. A wavelet may be created and managed with a robot as its only participant. This allows the robot to use the wavelet effectively as a private data document. These data documents are never rendered/revealed to the user and may contain structured or unstructured data about the wavelet.
A blip is the basic unit of conversation and consists of a single messages which appears on a wavelet. Blips may either be drafts or published (by clicking "Done" within the Wave client). Blips manage their content through their document, defined below. Blips may also contain other blips as children, forming a blip hierarchy. Each wavelet always consists of at least one root blip.
A document is the content attached to a blip. This document consists of XML which can be retrieved, modified or added by the API. Generally, you manage the document through convenience methods rather than through direct manipulation of the XML data structure.
Two separate sources—one inside the company and one outside it—have confirmed to Ars tonight that Google plans to launch an operating system built in some fashion around its new web browser, Chrome. One source says that the new OS will be launched soon, perhaps as early as tomorrow.
Tentatively called "Google Chrome OS," the project appears targeted at netbooks, the tiny portable computers typically used only for such light tasks as web browsing and e-mail. Chrome, of course, isn't an operating system, but a quick-booting OS built around a single application like Chrome would be a natural fit for a netbook.
With such an OS, Google could obviously make it extra easy for users to access the full range of Google cloud applications through the browser—Google Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. Beyond the bare outlines, we have little solid information at this point, though the idea of a Google OS isn't some novelty; in fact, it's been aired publicly for years.
Speculation that Chrome itself could be used as a standalone operating system has been floating around ever since Chrome's launch, but those ideas are based on some fundamental misconceptions about how multiprocess browsing works. The fact that Chrome uses multiple processes does not make it an operating system itself. Ars has contacted Google for official comment on Google Chrome OS, but has yet to receive a response.
Read the entire story on the website of the folks who broke this story: arstechnica.com
Google - Social Web Blog: Introducing the ClackPoint gadget
[Google Friend Connect users ....] Now that you've added Google Friend Connect to your site and are using some of the great gadgets to develop your community, have you wanted more direct communication with and between community members? Well, ClackPoint gives you exactly this by mixing text chat, conference calling and a dash of document sharing, and presenting it as a gadget for Friend Connect.
The ClackPoint gadget doesn't just let your users chat live in a text-based chat room, it also lets them dial in and talk either directly from their computer or, if they prefer, by phone. Status icons in the gadget mean that users can see who is dialed in and who is talking, and can poke or mute themselves or each other.
In addition to supporting live text and audio chat, ClackPoint also provides collaboration features, including a shared notepad allowing multiple users to edit simultaneously, and slide sharing for those times when your community needs to present and discuss written information.
We think that integrating online collaboration with Friend Connect makes a lot of sense. Friend Connect is already a great way to extend a website with social features to build a community, and the heart of any community is how it communicates and interacts with itself and others. Bringing live text, voice and document sharing into a website keeps users on that site and strengthens the community built around it.
Developing a gadget for Friend Connect was a great experience. Friend Connect's use of OpenSocial meant we could target multiple social networks with one code base, greatly accelerating our development.
Yesterday, our CEO sent me an article from Lifehacker that announced a new Google experiment, the Google Wonder Wheel. The experiment didn’t actually work on my desktop but the video on YouTube demonstrated the capabilities. It’s just like a mind map that allows you to drill down into deeper search results. The future is getting cooler, right?
Using the wonder wheel made me wonder about MindManager. I realized that we can already do this type of visual searching inside MindManager 8 already. Let me show you how it’s done.
Use Google Search Results Inside of MindManager
While the Google Wheel simply lets you search visually, MindManager lets you use your search results in your work! Here are a few ways that you could leverage this feature today:
Build a better business plan
Update your strategy for our tough economic climate
Track your competition
Research for a report
Prepare a presentation
Here’s a look at how fast and easy you could start using search results in your map. Start with any map that you’re working on.
Select the topic that you want to search and then use the Google Search map part to perform your search. You can also specify how many results you would like to appear within the map.
MindManager performs the Google Search and returns the results in your map.
Next to each of the results is a summary text note which describes the web page and a hyperlink to the web page. When you click on any of the hyperlinks, you can open up the page inside of MindManager where you can simply cut and paste relevant content into the map that you are working on.
Once you have the search results in your map, there are all sorts of ways that you can leverage them. Here are a few ideas:
Drag, drop and reorganize the results into your map
Copy and paste content from within the pages into your map
Update the text notes with your own comments
Use icons and tags to categorize the results
Filter the results to display subsets based on your criteria
Transform the links into tasks, assigning resources, due dates and % complete
What do you think about the Google Wonder Wheel and mapping out your search results?