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Google Launches Google+ Social Network

Unknown Lamer posted more than 3 years ago | from the building-another-walled-garden dept.

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Randyll writes "Today, Google announced its decisive entry into the world of social networks by introducing Google+, a social network tied around Google services. Its aim is to be different from other networks with emphasis on privacy and a different kind of social networking. Instead of connecting with your friends, Google+ aims to center connections around specific groups—colleagues, projects, or groups of friends—with the ability to use high-quality video chats and a unique and rich web-based user experience. It is currently in beta with opt-in invites." Several other readers submitted speculation about another mysterious new Google service as well.

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368 comments

Wait, there are Google services NOT in beta? (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603554)

It is currently in beta

Am I to understand that this is notable information?

Re:Wait, there are Google services NOT in beta? (2, Informative)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603630)

The summary should have really said "limited release" rather than beta...

What do you love? (0)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603844)

about another mysterious new Google service [wdyl.com] as well.

Google's new "What do you love" service was particularly useless when I entered pussy [wdyl.com] . Most of the results were "no results were found", and the geographic suggestions were out by more than 1000km!

Re:What do you love? (1)

LordStormes (1749242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603992)

Very comical to enter "Ninjas" or "Assassins" ;)

Re:What do you love? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604216)

Gives quite different answers with "bicycles" vs. "bicycle"...

Re:What do you love? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604054)

Wow. Someone spent an enormous amount of time on that, and it is fucking terrible. It kind of looks like what regular google search results would look like if you pumped shit into them until they exploded.

Re:What do you love? (2)

jaeric (1446553) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604316)

According to the description meta tag: "Get more of what you love by searching across numerous Google products with one click."

Re:Wait, there are Google services NOT in beta? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603760)

Some of them could still be in alpha

Re:Wait, there are Google services NOT in beta? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603908)

Apparently, Orkut [wikipedia.org] may have been the beta.

Couldn't be worse (4, Insightful)

Afforess (1310263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603588)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook. With Google's transparency with privacy, and already working business model (has facebook ever posted a profit?), I'd trust them over Facebook in a heartbeat.

Facebook screws me over daily. No, I don't want any facebook credits. No, I don't want to play farmville. Disgusting...

Re:Couldn't be worse (2)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603648)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook

It could be Orkut.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603822)

It could go back to the original release of Buzz.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604120)

Is Orkut really that bad? I never met anyone who used it, so I've had no excuse to either.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604226)

I used it awhile way back in the day. It wasn't that bad, just slow and a bit confusing

Re:Couldn't be worse (2)

Robotbeat (461248) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603686)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook. With Google's transparency with privacy, and already working business model (has facebook ever posted a profit?), I'd trust them over Facebook in a heartbeat.

Facebook screws me over daily. No, I don't want any facebook credits. No, I don't want to play farmville. Disgusting...

And yet you still use Facebook, daily?

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

Afforess (1310263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603714)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook. With Google's transparency with privacy, and already working business model (has facebook ever posted a profit?), I'd trust them over Facebook in a heartbeat.

Facebook screws me over daily. No, I don't want any facebook credits. No, I don't want to play farmville. Disgusting...

And yet you still use Facebook, daily?

Do I have a choice? Co-workers/Friends (use the term "friend" losely) get insulted if I don't "like" or comment on their inane ramblings at least 3-4 times a week.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603778)

Maybe if you learned how Facebook worked these problems wouldn't be so hard to deal with. Such a n00b troll you are.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603792)

Pathetic.

Re:Couldn't be worse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603834)

I deleted my facebook account almost TWO (2) years ago now... You'd be surprised at how people are not insulted if you're not on Facebook to "like" their crap in the first place....

But to answer your question, YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE (except in cable operators, thanks to Government Granted Monopolies...and even then, you could choose NONE)

Re:Couldn't be worse (3, Interesting)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603842)

Do I have a choice?

Yes, you always have a choice. It may not be a good choice, but it's there.

Co-workers/Friends (use the term "friend" losely) get insulted if I don't "like" or comment on their inane ramblings at least 3-4 times a week.

It sounds like your friends list could use a trim. A good metric is to ask yourself who you would have coffee with. Anyone who doesn't pass that test and isn't family probably shouldn't be there. If your friends and coworkers get annoyed that you don't comment on what they post online just tell them politely that you would much rather communicate with them in person as you value your relationship with them.

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

nappingcracker (700750) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603888)

Do I have a choice?

Of course you have a choice. You chose to use facebook, despite the fact that it screws you over daily.

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603960)

You should really get some better, or at least more interesting, friends then.

Seriously.

You are the problem... (0)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603968)

And yet you still use Facebook, daily?

Do I have a choice? Co-workers/Friends (use the term "friend" losely) get insulted if I don't "like" or comment on their inane ramblings at least 3-4 times a week.

Yes, you have a choice. And your "friends" sound more like bullies than friends. Tell them to sod off and communicate via email like most of the world. Big hint: email users vastly outnumber facefuck victims like yourself.

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

revlayle (964221) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603762)

"has facebook ever posted a profit?" - who knows, they're a private company, they don't have to post a thing :)

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

jschmitz (607083) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603860)

delete your acct - I did - I know they still have my stuff - but I know longer use it

Re:Couldn't be worse (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604174)

It couldn't possibly be worse than Facebook.

Back in MY day, we only had myspace. Instead of yer "farmville" we had REAL farms (in civ) and instead of "poke wars" we had "annoying music blaring anytime you load someone's profile."

Instead of friend requests, we had annoying garage bands from New Jersey constantly urging us to check out their new hip hop album.

And we liked it! We loved it! You had exactly 10 friends that mattered and everyone else knew you didn't like them, and you got on with your life rather than wasting time posting cute animal pictures from the huffington post!

Re:Couldn't be worse (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604434)

My God, I never thought I would see a, "Back in My day," post about MySpace....I really am getting old. :*(

not first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603608)

because I had to wipe the milk (sue me, I'm a wimp) of my screen first when I read "emphasis on privacy" about a google product.

Re:not first post (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604256)

Yes, "emphasis on private information"! Everybody knows that the only two things Google does well are search (getting worse though) and statistics for targeted ads. Of, _sure_, they will "anonymize" and "protect your privacy", unless some law enforcement or other organization wants your data. The only protection is not to give it tom them (or the other vultures) in the first place.

This is will be like wave! (4, Funny)

Daniel_is_Legnd (1447519) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603612)

This is going to be just like Google Wave. Only Bigger!

Re:This is will be like wave! (5, Funny)

city (1189205) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603772)

Google Tsunami?

Re:This is will be like wave! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604160)

Those who tried it were positively glowing.

Re:This is will be like wave! (0)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604212)

Too early.

Re:This is will be like wave! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604390)

Not early enough. There; we've canceled each other out in the opinion balance.

Re:This is will be like wave! (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604240)

Well, the team lead had a copy of this painting [google.com] made as a mural on campus to inspire the folks working on it.

I dunno about this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603620)

Google is taking over the world. Though I admit this is probably better than Facebook.

Re:I dunno about this (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604018)

Though I admit this is probably better than Facebook.

Well, that's not hard. Anything better than rubbing your face with a running chainsaw is better than Facebook...

I am deeply disappointed... (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604292)

that the service isn't called Google-Spot.

Mysterious BS (0)

petteyg359 (1847514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603634)

BS on the "mysterious new service". A basic check on the whois data says that somebody is faking the Google association.

Re:Mysterious BS (1)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603766)

Re:Mysterious BS (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604442)

BS on the "mysterious new service". A basic check on the whois data says that somebody is faking teh wentire Google oh NOES!

isn't "+" a search query modifier? (2)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603640)

how did this name ever make it through marketing? are they that dense?
 
being nerds, maybe call it ++ or plus plus at least? i get that they're trying to knock off the "like" feature, but really....

Re:isn't "+" a search query modifier? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603698)

In urls have a clear meaning. Wonder which Googlers put that symbol for it thinking in the final frontier.

Re:isn't "+" a search query modifier? (1)

kaiser423 (828989) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604326)

Hmmmmm....if only you had access to the biggest search engine in the world's code base so that you could work around this issue. That would really solve the problem.



/tinfoil Maybe putting a + at the end makes it harder for other sites/people to aggregate and crawl the data? Maybe Google wants it that way.

Incorporating Buzz, +1, etc? (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603642)

Presumably the +1 button rolled out a few months ago will become the "Like" of this new network.

I have to wonder...is this an attempt to salvage or replace Buzz?

Bizarro Buzz (3, Informative)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603848)

It's the polar opposite of Buzz. You have to add friends manually, and manually assign them to one of four "circles" (Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Following.)

Then with EVERY damn thing you post, you have to assign to one or more groups.

So you get very fine-grained control, but at the cost of usability. It really is the opposite of Buzz in that way.

Re:Bizarro Buzz (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604130)

From what I’ve seen in the tour, one person cannot belong to more than one circle. Which is... strangely limiting.

Re:Bizarro Buzz (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604214)

Not sure where you're seeing that. I was able to add someone to two circles with no problem.

There was a time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603656)

...when I'd jump on any new service, especially if it was from Google. Perhaps I'm jaded, but I have 0 desire for this.

Re:There was a time... (1)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604014)

...when I'd jump on any new service, especially if it was from Google. Perhaps I'm jaded, but I have 0 desire for this.

Why did you even do this in the first place?

WaveBuzz! (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603660)

Why don't they just BUY Facebook, maybe fix it to be less loathsome, and work from there. I see nothing new or innovative, which suggests that this too will crash and burn.

Aside from which, Facebook seems to have peaked, MySpace is in decline, and I'm betting that Twitter is about to begin its own downward slide.

IMHO the problem is that the things that make social media really attractive are not the things that make them really profitable.

Well, except Farmville.

3660 GET (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603732)

Congratulations on the repeat GET (#36603660).

Why don't they just BUY Facebook

For one thing, what's the asking price? And for another, would government agencies that regulate competition in each of Facebook's markets approve?

Re:3660 GET (1)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604040)

Congratulations on the repeat GET (#36603660).

Hmmm... why?

Re:3660 GET (1)

callmebill (1917294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604074)

And `grats to YOU on your prime number UID get.

Re:WaveBuzz! (1)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603736)

I suspect that most of Facebook's current growth, at least within the US, consists of fake/spam accounts... so yeah, definitely peaked out. Not sure how they'll do in other parts of the world though, there might be more opportunity there for them, though other parts of the world seem to have their own popular social networking sites already.

Let's just say I wouldn't be too quick to give Facebook a 10, or 70 or whatever billion dollar valuation.

Re:WaveBuzz! (1)

sribe (304414) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604052)

I suspect that most of Facebook's current growth, at least within the US, consists of fake/spam accounts...

Uhm, apparently you missed the news... Facebook shrank in the US last year.

Re:WaveBuzz! (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604156)

I agree. The social-networking fad is over. Now it is just for teenagers with nothing better to do.

Oh my. (1, Flamebait)

milbournosphere (1273186) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603662)

Google seems to fail at social networking. Didn't they learn from the flop that was Google Wave? Granted, Wave was a collaboration-based network, but it was still focused around a small group of friends or colleagues. The fact that it's based around real-time communication is interesting (and really cool for businesses not using MeetingPlace), but it would seem like this approach will fail just like Wave did.

Re:Oh my. (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603804)

That's just it, Wave wasn't really about social networking, it was about social collaboration. Now I'm not honestly sure if it was good for that, because nobody ever used it but what it comes down to is, people do the social networking thing but aren't generally that interested in collaborating to create anything.

Re:Oh my. (1)

Elfez (29957) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603856)

Doesn't help that they always require new users have a gmail account. Can't think too many prospective users are happy at the prospect of having yet another email account to monitor / manage.

I know none of my non-gmail using friends would be interested in testing any google service that requires they get such an account.

Re:Oh my. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603958)

wave was in my opinion pretty awesome. but didn't get the adoption quick enough. i still wonder why they dropped it so quickly. should have waited some longer.

Re:Oh my. (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604330)

We'll have to see, however there is one thing that Facebook sorely lacked that Google is addressing. The abilility to seperate people into different social "Circles" to control what you want to share with who. How many stories have we all heard about posts causing issues for a person because Facebook putting all your posts and friends all in one bucket.

To me, it seems like a no-brainer. The things I want my family, friends, highschool and college acquaintances, coworkers, and potential dating partners to see are quite often different enough that I don't bother saying anything at all.

I dislike Zuckerburg, Zynga, and the many other sleazy players involved with the scene. I have an account, and I use it as little as I can. Unfortunately, it has become so prevalent that ignoring it completely effectively makes one a pariah these days.

Not to suggest that this is unfamiliar territory for many of us here. ;-)

Google to take over the world? (1)

Rayveniael (992306) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603666)

This is probably a scenario far better faring for us than Facebook's global domination.

In on day 1! Whee! (1)

TheGreatGraySkwid (553871) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603788)

So far, photo sharing doesn't work right for me (I think it's an issue with window sizing interactions with the HTML5/CSS), but otherwise the interface is pretty slick. The GUI for adding contacts to "Circles" is very slick and intuitive. If this makes it as easy to do on-the-fly easy content sharing permission groups as it seems, I think this could really take off...but I'll reserve judgement until there are more people using it.

Re:In on day 1! Whee! (1)

DoomHamster (1918204) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604086)

Do you have any spare invites?

Re:In on day 1! Whee! (1)

zero0ne (1309517) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604476)

Once it gets integrated into Android, it will take off. I bet the GUI was designed with touch phones in mind (IE I show you four circles, you drag the content through whichever circles you want it associated with (kinda like swype(sp?) typing).

Sounds familar (2)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603810)

Except for the part where Google hosts all the data, a lot of the features sound a lot like Diaspora [joindiaspora.com] . That project sounded quite interesting. Too bad it seems to have not moved anywhere in a very long time.

Re:Sounds familar (1)

jojoba_oil (1071932) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604528)

What do you mean Diaspora hasn't moved anywhere in a long time? Their blog (http://blog.joindiaspora.com/) didn't get updated from January to May, but they stated that they've been bad about updating the blog because they've been busy on Github.

Check out the commit log if you want to see progress: https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/commits/master [github.com]

Instead, I'd say Google hasn't gone anywhere with their social networking attempts in a very long time. I'd be surprised if this newest incarnation is any better than Orkut or Buzz...

Fuck Google. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603814)

I swear to fucking god every time there is a google article there are slashdot posts worshiping the shitcoming from Googles asshole.

Google is a fucking corporation you fags.

They are not your fucking friend.

Grow up children!

Re:Fuck Google. (2)

EraserMouseMan (847479) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603904)

They are not your fucking friend.

Looks like you could use a fucking friend.

Re:Fuck Google. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604006)

I regularly defend* Google, but I'd agree. TBH there's nothing noteworthy coming out of these corporations (Google, Microsoft, Apple) to justify a story except maybe twice every three months. At 1-3 per day it's become ridiculous.

* on average. I've flamed them occasionally and I think most of their online services suck.

Can't trust the circles (1)

FencingLion (1553981) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603852)

Circles sound like a really great way to accidentally (by Google's fault or my own) to share info with the wrong people. No thanks.

It depends (1)

billlava (1270394) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604012)

If you have the ability to take something back it might not be so bad. Also, it seems like it would be pretty easy to tell who you are sharing with and avoid sending the wrong people (like your gay black boss) your inflammatory homophobic racist rants.

invite (0)

jc87 (882219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603868)

Im interested in testing google+, if someone here has an invite for it please PM me.

I, for one... (1)

reeno49 (1558221) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603878)

welcome our new social networking overlords!

Honestly though, if this thing succeeds, which is no guarantee, it'll take a while. I imagine that they'll integrate it heavily into Gmail, which will certainly help.

Personally I have absolutely no problem closing out my Facebook account in favor of Google+. I hate Facebook as much as the next guy (privacy concerns being the major sticking point). My Facebook profile has nothing really about me, aside from my name and a picture of my hat (my hat is custom made and very distinguishable).

Now if only I can get friends to use this service instead of Facebook, I'll be able to actually use social networking without cringing every time I log in.

Re:I, for one... (4, Funny)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604530)

and a picture of my hat (my hat is custom made and very distinguishable)

I LOL as I remember an oldie, but a goodie...

"I put on my robe and wizard hat"

http://bash.org/?104383 [bash.org]

Didn't Microsoft have a tiny announcement today... (1)

kervin (64171) | more than 3 years ago | (#36603962)

as well [google.com] ?

Re:Didn't Microsoft have a tiny announcement today (-1, Troll)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604164)

as well?

Who cares? MS is soooo 1990s. And a multiple instantiation of pure evil. Let them rot...

GBook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36603980)

Is there a Not Like button?

Good Opportunity (4, Interesting)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604016)

Facebook has been making too many mistakes. This is the perfect opportunity to bring back wave in a context that fits. Like Facebook though, I don't think I'll participate. I've never understood the desire to make personal information about yourself public. I had a near miss with an employer that wanted everyone constantly available through skype, twitter, and facebook. If I wanted to share my personal life, phone conversations, and listen to someone's pointless babble I'd get back together with an old girlfriend.

Mysterious new service? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604030)

http://www.wdyl.com/#boobies [wdyl.com]
Interesting.. Could be handy once they get everything working...

Hilarity (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604106)

Best thing ever: go to the WDYL [wdyl.com] thing and put in "sex" for double-entendre fun.

"Have a debate about sex!" "Find sex nearby!" "Watch videos of sex!"

Bonus points for doing it with "goatse".

Re:Hilarity (1)

hipp5 (1635263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604374)

I'm a big fan of "Plan your sex events". I do admit, a calendar would be very useful for my plethora of sex events.

Who cares (0)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604108)

not me

They were going to call it Google Me... (1)

elsurexiste (1758620) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604112)

.. but I guess Marketing people didn't like it. A change for the worse, methinks

This is going to fail. (5, Insightful)

slasho81 (455509) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604132)

Facebook specifically benefits from the lack of privacy of its users to generate attention grabbing content to as many users as possible. The endless time people spend on Facebook is not spent creating content or communicating - it's spent stalking other people. Facebook is like a super-tabloid or like gossip on crack.

Businesses everywhere promote Facebook by requesting users to Like them. Most users are blissfully unaware that by Liking they aren't just anonymously adding 1 to the Like count, but they are also endorsing the business and giving permission to the business to spam them. The friend counter is like an addictive game with the aim to accumulate as many points as possible with shame built-in if you don't have as many points as others have.

Facebook is a useful communication tool, but it's also evil. It takes advantage of its users in order to promote itself and its interests. If Google isn't ready to go full evil, they have no chance to compete in that arena. Sure, people will use the new awesome services Plus will offer, but it's not enough to get the attention Google wants for its advertising needs. People who can't kill will always be subject to those who can. Same thing applies to businesses who won't turn evil.

Re:This is going to fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604416)

This is the most concise explanation of Facebook I've ever read. I started using it due to social obligations and have seen it all first-hand; Facebook is evil, but I love it. I like seeing what my friends are up to, I like that they can see what I'm up to. We are all each other's stalkers now. It's made life worse in some ways, but better in many others. It's also been extremely creepy, and occasionally embarrassing, but it's been worth it.

Focus on search (2)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604166)

Google needs to focus on improving search. Blekko is doing a better job in some areas, especially health.

Ads which appear in search results appear when the user is actually looking for something. This makes those ads valuable. On "social" systems, ads are annoying interference while talking to your friends. Facebook has a fraction of the ad revenue of Google.

Facebook's period of growth is over. Facebook, like all its predecessors from AOL to Myspace, has peaked on user count and is now shrinking. They should have gone public before that happened. Now their value is far less.

I'd be wary of Google services (3, Informative)

Bloodwine77 (913355) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604188)

They are starting to rack up a nice stack a corpses made from discontinued Google services. Google Wave, Google Translation API, Google Health, and Google PowerMeter to name a few.

I would hate to get too invested in a Google service only to have it disappear on me. As far as I am concerned, Google Search and Gmail are their only sure bets.

Re:I'd be wary of Google services (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604454)

They are starting to rack up a nice stack a corpses made from discontinued Google services. Google Wave, Google Translation API, Google Health, and Google PowerMeter to name a few.

I would hate to get too invested in a Google service only to have it disappear on me. As far as I am concerned, Google Search and Gmail are their only sure bets.

Discontinued efforts are good. That means Google knows that it's not the end-all-be-all of tech, and have chosen their battles. I'm also glad Apple shut down their xServes and Microsoft shuttered the embarrassment that was Zune.

btw, Google Translation API is available now, you just have to pay for it (since they couldn't justify it as a free service)... if you have a business model around that API, it's now priced appropriately (like others in the same market).

Re:I'd be wary of Google services (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604540)

They are starting to rack up a nice stack a corpses made from discontinued Google services. Google Wave, Google Translation API, Google Health, and Google PowerMeter to name a few.

I would hate to get too invested in a Google service only to have it disappear on me. As far as I am concerned, Google Search and Gmail are their only sure bets.

Don't use any service that you can't get your data out of. Google has done a good job at this so far: They provide tools to get your data (http://www.dataliberation.org/), and if something is discontinued they tell the world months in advance.

Actually looks interesting and useful to me. (1)

fortfive (1582005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604194)

Facebook to me has always seemed like hi-tech note passing. This thing seems to understand how *I* actually communicate with associates and friends. Of course, it will require all parties to be participating, and advantage fb has in spades.

I actually may use it, but not how they think (4, Interesting)

odin84gk (1162545) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604200)

This does look promising.

If they truly allow group video conferencing using a browser, I will certainly use it.
If they truly implement voice chat, I would gladly replace Skype, possibly even Vent. (Depends on how it gets implemented)
If they implement group chat that works across cell platforms, I will certainly use it. I would love to use something like this to organize weekly spontaneous events instead of massive text messages. (Email is too slow and unreliable for the last-minute changes, phone calls takes too long.)

However...
This must be painfully easy to use, no special invites and 10 day waiting lists. If this thing gets rolled out using small groups, it will die.

I can't wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604210)

Here's hoping the number one result that people love is "Bing".

Ummm, Orkut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36604286)

Decisive "entry"? Then what was Orkut?

Google research on social networks (1)

slasho81 (455509) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604406)

Relevant: Google research on social networks [slashdot.org]

It looks like Google Plus is a direct result of this research.

I'm Going For It (1)

swsuehr (612400) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604464)

Since I seem to be the last person on earth without a Facebook account, I think I'll sign up for this and start sending invites to all of those people on Facebook who keep spamming me to join.

Anyone have any invites to spare?

Steve

Ars Tech (1)

foamrat (1866110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36604538)

Ars Technica did a write up of this also http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/06/inside-google-how-the-search-giant-plans-to-go-social.ars/ [arstechnica.com] I read this in their article:

"Right now, Google won't even suggest who should be in your circles. But it has the technology to do so (it's already making suggestions on who you might include on Gmail mailing lists). So in the future it's conceivable that Google might indeed provide plenty of nonbinding suggestions for who you might want it your Circles. "We've got this whole system already in place that hasn't been used that much where we keep track of every time you email someone or chat to them or things like that," says Smarr. "Then we compute affinity scores. So we're able to do suggestions not only about who you should add to a circle, or even what circles you could create out of whole cloth.""

A little concerned over the "things like that"
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