UPDATED: Google FAIL. My take on Google + project and other social disasters from Google.

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.

I just posted this on Google + here

"Just added a Google +1 button to my WordPress blog to show my support!

I have to admit, I was too hasty with my initial blog post (apologies for that). I will be sharing my updated views which are very supportive and positive... nice job Google!!

So many features, so little time!"

I will do a follow up post with more information. In the meanwhile, be sure to read Louis Gray's blog post which covers many of the features

Leafsnap: An Electronic Field Guide - automagically identify trees, flowers, plants!! #mobile #botany #garden


An Electronic Field Guide

Leafsnap is the first in a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. This free mobile app uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

Leafsnap contains beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruit, petiole, seeds, and bark. Leafsnap currently includes the trees of New York City and Washington, D.C., and will soon grow to include the trees of the entire continental United States.

This website shows the tree species included in Leafsnap, the collections of its users, and the team of research volunteers working to produce it.

Free iPhone app available now:

Free iPad and Android apps coming soon!


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VISUAL Search - Google Search Globe: A world of curiosity: a peek at searches around the globe

A world of curiosity: a peek at searches around the globe

5/05/2011 09:34:00 AM

Every day, people come to Google Search to ask questions. Through Google, questions become answers, and answers lead to the next set of questions. These people come from around the world and all walks of life, speaking hundreds of different languages, typing in search queries every single day. Today we’re sharing the Search Globe, a new visual display representing one day of Google searches around the world—visualizing the curiosity of people around the globe.

This visualization was developed and designed by the Google Data Arts Team using WebGL, a new technology for modern browsers that uses your computer’s hardware to generate fast, 3D graphics. As a result, you need a WebGL-enabled browser, like Google Chrome, to see the Globe. You can learn more about the technology behind the Globe on the Google Code Blog.

The Search Globe visualizes searches from one day, and shows the language of the majority of queries in an area in different colors. You’ll see a bright landscape of queries across Europe, and parts of Asia for instance, but unfortunately we see many fewer searches from parts of the world lacking Internet access—and often electricity as well—like Africa. We hope that as the Internet continues to become more accessible over time and people continue to ask questions, we’ll see this globe shine brightly everywhere.


We’ve also open sourced this platform so that developers can build their own globes using their own data, and we look forward to seeing other globes orbiting around the web.

Update 12:45PM: If you'd like to embed the Search Globe on your own site, here's the embed code:



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Delicious update from Yahoo! tonight: Delicious is moving to a new home ...Transferring bookmarks to AVOS

April 27 2011 from the Delicious Blog

YouTube Founders Acquire Delicious

Today, we’re pleased to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. They are committed to running and improving Delicious going forward.

Providing a seamless transition for users is incredibly important for both companies. Yahoo! will continue to operate Delicious until approximately July 2011. When the transition period is complete, your information will be moved over to Delicious’ new owner.

Starting today, we will ask you to login to Delicious again and agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to the new owner. That way, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted use of the service and will keep your account and all of your bookmarks when we make the transition. For more information on the Delicious transition, please refer to this FAQ.

Thank you for your patience in this time of transition and thank you for using Delicious!

and now this email from Yahoo! this evening ....

Delicious is moving to a new home

Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, they have firsthand experience enabling millions of users to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS. To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. Reasons to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks As soon as you let Yahoo! move your Delicious account, you will: Enjoy uninterrupted use of Delicious. Keep your Delicious account and all your bookmarks. Keep the same look and feel of Delicious as you have today, and enjoy future innovations for the product. It's easy to have Yahoo! move your account to AVOS. When you do, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy. What happens if you do not move your bookmarks? Delicious in its current form will be available until approximately July 2011. After that, you will no longer be able to use your existing Delicious account and will not have access to your existing bookmarks or account information.

The more Learn more >> link has this info ...

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to frequently asked questions about the AVOS transition

Whoa, what's happening?

Sorry if we've caught you by surprise. Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen and will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS. Here are a few links to catch you up to date on the latest news regarding Delicious (blog postpress release).

Why has Yahoo! chosen to transition Delicious to AVOS?

While we love Delicious (and our users love Delicious), we wanted to find a home for the product where it can receive more love and attention. We think AVOS is that place.

When will AVOS officially start running Delicious?

We anticipate Delicious in its current form will be available until approximately July 2011. By agreeing to AVOS's terms of service upfront, you will allow us to move your data when the time comes to transfer control to AVOS.

What does AVOS plan to do with Delicious?

AVOS plans to continue the service that users have come to know and love and by working with the community, make the site even easier and more fun to save, share and discover the web's "tastiest" content.

Will AVOS maintain the Delicious service with all of its functionality?

Yes, that's the plan. There may be a time of adjustment as AVOS re-launches Delicious, but the company's intention is to add new features and grow the service overall.

Where can I find the AVOS Terms of Service and Privacy Policy?

Right here. AVOS Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

How do I transfer my bookmarks?

To transfer your bookmarks, you need to "opt-in" to allow your account and all associated data to be moved. You can do this from the opt-in page.

What will happen to my public and private bookmarks?

By agreeing to the AVOS terms of service, you will allow us to send your account information, bookmarks, and all the data associated with your Delicious account to AVOS when they re-launch Delicious. Your public and private bookmarks will be maintained as they are today. The information transferred would include:

  • Delicious username
  • Delicious password
  • Email address
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Bookmarks, Tags and Notes
  • Inbox items
  • Tag Bundles
  • Tag Descriptions
  • Network Members
  • Subscriptions
  • Blogpost jobs
  • Twitter Auth credentials (if supplied)

What if I don't opt-in to migrate my bookmarks to AVOS?

You will no longer be able to use Delicious or access your bookmarks after the transition is complete.

Is AVOS going to build a Delicious extension that is compatible with Firefox 4.0?

Yes. This is a top priority. AVOS plans to release a new extension as soon as possible. For information on workarounds, please see here. Please visit blog.delicious.com for the latest news on upcoming product releases.

Can I export my data from Delicious?

Yes. Please use our export tool.

Who can I contact for more information?


If you require assistance, our support team can help you.

Next Steps...

Settings: Allow your data to be moved with Delicious





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Japanese Gravity Marimba Plays Bach In An Ancient Forest


This remarkably beautiful video, uploaded to YouTube one day before the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, turns out to be an ad for Sharp’s SH-08C handset. It is, nonetheless, something you shouldn’t miss: in a tranquil forest, a single wooden ball rolls down a stepped wooden ramp, continuously, for two minutes. At each step, it falls and strikes a wooden bar tuned to play a single note of the 10th movement of Bach’s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, commonly known by its English title, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. Wait ’till you see how they handle the sustained notes.

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Evolution of the Cell Phone #infographic

A cool infographic design, the Evolution of the Cell Phone by Zitron takes a light-hearted look at the timeline of phone features and the phones that first had each feature.  The second part of the infographic, Our Hopes and Dreams, takes a humorous stab at how the reality of our cell phones rarely lives up to our expectations (until the next Buzzword comes along!).

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Google: +1’s the right recommendations right when you want them—in your #search results #social #ranking

+1’s: the right recommendations right when you want them—in your search results

3/30/2011 11:07:00 AM

Our goal at Google is to get you the most relevant results as quickly as possible. But relevance is about relationships as well as words on webpages. That’s why we recently started to include more information from people you know—stuff they’ve shared on Twitter, Flickr and other sites—in Google search results.

Today we’re taking that a step further, enabling you to share recommendations with the world right in Google’s search results. It’s called +1—the digital shorthand for “this is pretty cool.” To recommend something, all you have to do is click +1 on a webpage or ad you find useful. These +1’s will then start appearing in Google’s search results.

The +1 button will appear next to each search result

After pressing the +1 button, you have the option to undo the action immediately

Say, for example, you’re planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you’re looking for a new pasta recipe, we’ll show you +1’s from your culinary genius college roommate. And even if none of your friends are baristas or caffeine addicts, we may still show you how many people across the web have +1’d your local coffee shop.

The beauty of +1’s is their relevance—you get the right recommendations (because they come from people who matter to you), at the right time (when you are actually looking for information about that topic) and in the right format (your search results). For more information about +1, watch this video:

So how do we know which +1’s to show you? Like social search, we use many signals to identify the most useful recommendations, including things like the people you are already connected to through Google (your chat buddies and contacts, for example). Soon we may also incorporate other signals, such as your connections on sites like Twitter, to ensure your recommendations are as relevant as possible. If you want to know who you're connected to, and how, visit the “Social Circle and Content” section of the Google Dashboard.

To get started +1’ing the stuff you like, you’ll need to create a Google profile—or if you already have one, upgrade it. You can use your profile to see all of your +1’s in one place, and delete those you no longer want to recommend. To see +1’s in your Google search results you’ll need to be logged into your Google Account.

We’ll be slowly rolling out +1’s, starting in English on Google.com. If you can’t wait to start seeing +1’s, we’ll soon let you opt-in to the launch by visiting our experimental search site. Initially, +1’s will appear alongside search results and ads, but in the weeks ahead they’ll appear in many more places (including other Google products and sites across the web). If you’re an advertiser and want to learn more about how the +1 button works on search ads and websites, visit our AdWords blog.

We’re confident that +1, combined with all of the social content we’re now including in search, will mean even better, more relevant results than you get today.

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Japan: Dramatic new video of the Tsunami emerges... wow... how scary!!

Japan: Dramatic new video of the Tsunami emerges

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Image: YouTube

Dramatic new video of the Tsunami sweeping away cars and debris has emerged.

Updated about 12 hours ago

The uploader says of this video (via Google Translate): The whole story has been taken by the tsunami swallowed the port of Kesennuma March 11

From momophoto1

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Color Picker Pen by Jinsu Park

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The LinkedInfographic: the Value of being #LinkedIn. 2 billion People searches in 2010. 45 million users in USA. #HR #Talent #socialmedia


As promised, we’re starting to take a closer look at LinkedIn. Its power and influence are growing and it’s quickly becoming one of the “must have” profiles for businesses and professionals alike. This graphic by our friends at Online MBA puts it all into perspective.

LinkedIn is one of the fastest growing social networking sites in the world. While its numbers pale in comparison to competitors such as Facebook and Twitter, catering to business professionals gives the site a unique advantage. Seeking to capitalize on its growing notoriety, owners recently decided to take the company, filing for an initial public offering last month. But how do you put a price on being Linkedin? Before you run out to buy yourself a thousand shares, take a look at our breakdown of the social networking powerhouse.

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WOW: Silkworms Fed Fluorescent Dyes Produce Brightly-Colored Silk via @make

Silkworms Fed Fluorescent Dyes Produce Brightly-Colored Silk

The color is reportedly permanent. Published as Intrinsically Colored and Luminescent Silk by Dr. Natalia Tansil and co-workers at Singapore’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering. [via CRAFT]

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