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Ghost Town, My Ass!!
Time and time again I read blogs purporting the have "the inside scoop" of what's going on in G+land and where it's heading. These guys are supposed to be the experts on "social" and yet they still seem unable to get that Google+ is not a social network in the usual sense. I'm sure even Natalie Villalobos and the other googlers involved in the platform couldn't put their hand on their heart on say, "This is where we're going to be in 12 months time!". Read On...
10 Things G+ Users Need to Remember
There are many different reasons why Google Plus is different from other destinations in the social space. Anyone with even a minimal knowledge of the history of the internet will know that it has been, at least up till now a playground, relatively harmless where no one gets hurt. True, there have been many tales of people losing their jobs, husbands/wives, boyfriends/girlfriends or both from rash postings or indiscreet photographs reaching the wrong eyeballs. But, when you consider the sheer numbers of people using the net compared to the sob stories, it remains an almost statistical certainty that you won't get outed or caught.
A shot across the bow in the G+ Nymwars
I'm a fan of Google Plus. But, the insistence on real names is a mistake in my opinion. It's a decision that's going to come back to haunt them in the near future. Not only are people with known net handles being banned but, also some with unusual names are being bounced too. This is going to be a big issue as it appears that some are allowed keep their nom-de-net while others are not. Violet Blue - Google even verified her name. Seattle Rex - Unfortunately, he's not famous enough to be allowed stay using his net name.
My Google+ Experience (so far)
Or to put it another way.... Some half-assed rantings of an ordinary Google+ user Joined: 9 Jul 2011 As is normal in any new relationship things never go quite the way you hope they do at first and you find you're having to accept your new beau's foibles and shortcomings as charming idiosyncrasies. Things are no different over at Googles (nearly) new Social platform :- Google+ which at time of posting is still in private testing with just a mere 25 million users.
A little fun with Google Plus
At the behest of the notable Mrs Gusset [pronounced: goose-ay) I put together her musings on the correct etiquette for ladies and gentlemen of good breeding on Google+. Enjoy
So, Is Google Plus Any Good?
Unless you've been living under a rock or you've only just heard about this new-fangled internet thing, you've probably read something about Googles latest delve into the world of social networking with the imminent public launch of Google Plus a.k.a. Google+. At the moment, it's still in beta testing mode which means you can only get in by invitation, though at time of writing the current membership is over 10 million and the invites are still turned on. So, it's reasonably easy to get yourself an invite.
Facebook Overrun with Scams
If anyone has been paying attention recently, you may have noticed that Facebook is becoming overrun with scams. Everyday a new one is being discovered but, unless you regularly check security blogs you probably don't know much if anything about them. A significant number of them are survey scams which generally look like a genuine link posted to your wall by one of your friends. What you may not know is that your friend got conned into a "Clickjacking" scam and unwittingly sent the same link to all of his friends.
Facebook Comments & Connect Panel
This is an alternative to the built-in comments system. It allows Facebook users to leave comments on your site in News, Articles, Photos, Downloads and Custom Pages.
You must have a Facebook account for this to work. If your site is to have many comments boxes, it is strongly recommend you specify a Facebook app id as the administrator (all administrators of the app will be able to moderate comments). Doing this enables a moderator interface on Facebook where comments from all plugins administered by your app id can be easily moderated together.
Visitors can also Tweet about your page, Google+1 it and Like it.
Update: v1.1 - Added Tweet, Like and Google+ buttons v1.2 - Fixed download ID error v1.3 - Validated G+1 code v1.4 - Fixed (another) download id error, cleaned up URL identification, added page title to tweets. Fixed Like button not showing in IE bug.
Facebook Comments & Connect Panel
This is an alternative to the built-in comments system. It allows Facebook users to leave comments on your site in News, Articles, Photos, Downloads and Custom Pages. v1.4 -Released