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While many would argue Google still has quite a ways to go if it wants to play on the same level as Facebook in the social media realm, its recently launched Google+ extension is certainly off to a flying start, now looking to be in the midst of a population explosion.
A statistical analysis by founder of Ancestory.com, Paul Allen along with Facebook app maker FamilyLink.com has highlighted an astonishing rise in numbers recently, reaching 7.3 million last Sunday and likely hitting 10 million today. Assuming that Google doesn't pull its invitation button (made active on Sunday), it's also been carefully predicted that it could well hit 20 million users by this coming weekend.
During Facebook's "Awesome" event that is going on now at Facebook's HQ in Palo Alto, CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced "Video Calling".
It is a partnership with Skype and integrates into your current Facebook experience rather seamlessly. All you need to do is pop up your friends list in that chat area in the bottom right of the screen and select a friend. Then click on their name and click the "start a video call" camera looking icon.
For the first time you are asked to download the Facebook Video Calling Plug-in which is small and downloaded and installed very quickly. I'm going to give it a try right now! One last thought, now that Microsoft own Skype, does this mean we will see more Facebook and Microsoft joint efforts in the future?
Google have quietly launched Prizes, a social-based site where users can post a task or question, offer a prize and allow others to join in and suggest something or help them out and in return, earn real money. The contest creator will receive their work that they had asked for and in return the winner will take home real money. Prizes takes your Twitter or Facebook accounts and signs you up for prize-winning, user-created contests.
For example I've just signed up and someone is asking "Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy" and is offering $50 for the suggestion. People would either suggest something for their honeymoon, or vote for someone else's suggestion. Whichever suggestion gets the most votes and ultimately wins, walks away with a cool $50. Another is "Plan a hassle-free trip for me and my 1 year old". They're going on their first plane flight and it's close to 13 hours non-stop, so you can imagine the $10 on offer is well worth it for them and their young 14 month-old baby girl.
Well, well. Mr Zuckerberg is currently the most followed user on Google+ according to the Google+ Statistics counter. Mark has 21,213 followers versus the Google CEO, Larry Page who has just 14,798 followers. Google co-founder Sergey Brin has just 11,629 followers and me? Well, I don't even make the list which is disappointing. This is a lesson in "follow Anthony from TweakTown's Google+". Ok everyone?
Google+ Statistics creator Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten says that Mark's popularity is due to "He has the most friends in the world, they made a movie about him, and he is more handsome than the Larry and Sergey." I don't know, he looks kinda nerdy... what do you think?
Just six months through 2011 and Twitter has smacked into another milestone; its users are tweeting 200 million times per day. Doesn't sound impressive? That's 1 million tweets per week. Rewind to 2009 and we were seeing 2 million tweets per day. Just a year ago? 65 million tweets.
If we put this into perspective, Twitter say this is equivalent to a 10 million page book in tweets, or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, each and every day! If you were to read this much text, it would take an astounding 31 years. Twitter also released the top Trending Topics for the first half of 2011:
As you may well know by now, Google introduced its social network platform last week called Google+. It was only opened up to a select group of people at the start, then others managed to find their way into the system by way of a little invite trick. The trick required that you have a Gmail email address, though.
Now obviously convinced of its readiness for the general public, Google has decided to open up its new social website to the general public.
It's still going by the name "the Google+ project" which still suggests it's in its early stages, but Google and its engineers and staff have been playing with Google+ for around 8 months now, according to an employee of Google who mentioned it during a "hangout". It's tuned rather well, but still has many featured to add in the following days, weeks and months.
Once you are all signed up and get your head around things, remember to "plus" TweakTown to your network.
UPDATE 10:51 US PST: Just to make it clear, you don't need a Gmail address to join now (via the invite trick), but you still need a Google account to join. Get in fast while you can!
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has confirmed the launch of a new Facebook feature/product which is set to be announced next week. Now, before you start salivating about what it could be, let's think. Could it be something to combat the huge positive launch of Google+, could it be video chat? Maybe the rumored iPad app?
It could be a photo-sharing app for iOS, or a total change for the site itself. The news comes from Reuters, with their editor reporting that Zuckerberg confirmed to inquiring reporters at their Seattle-based office that Facebook plan on launching "something awesome" next week.
Chief Executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters in a visit to Facebook's Seattle office on Wednesday that the company planned to "launch something awesome" next week.He said the project had been developed at the 40-person Seattle office, Facebook's only major engineering center outside of its Palo Alto, California headquarters.
If you have gotten an invite into Google+, you'll know just how cool it is so far. I've been using it most of the day and I must say I'm very, very impressed. I can definitely see the potential for not only Google here, but for users in general. It feels more secure, very stable and very well made, many features that other social networking sites don't have like video chat. Hangouts is surprisingly cool, with Cameron and I currently video chatting (he may or may not be naked, join our Hangout to see) and it "just works".
It took all of five seconds to get into the room, flawless is an understatement. You're able to view YouTube videos together, smilies in chat are pretty cool as they transform from the text to an actual smilie, and tagging also works if you use it like Facebook, @Anthony, etc.
Once you've been invited, feel free to add the TweakTown staff to your circles and we hope to bring you some TweakTown themed Google+ action soon! How does a "Hangout" and drinks with TweakTown staff and readers sound? Leave your thoughts, email me or +1 me! Come +meet us now! :)
Google+ has been launched today and it is quite the bundle of joy. Included are multiple parts which create one large social networking web of connectivity, social fun and constant information on friends and more specifically the friends you want to know your whereabouts or specific posts.
Included are four major sections, +Circles, +Sparks, +Hangouts, +Mobile. First off +Circles is all about sharing what matters, to those who mean the most to you. Not all relationships and friendships are equal, +Circle allows you to create a "circle" which allows you to add the people you want to it and share what's new or something cool you found online. Instead of going out to all of your friends at once.
Facebook is rumored to start holding hands with Spotify on a music-streaming service that could be launched within a fortnight. It is currently going through testing and when launched, Facebook users will see a Spotify icon appear on the left of their newsfeed, along with the usual icons for photos, events and CityVille.
Once that icon appears, clicking on it will install the service on their desktop in the background and will allow users to play from Spotify's library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service goes one step further since it's on a social networking site, by letting Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over Facebook.