• Google+ gets full-size photo uploads, low-bandwidth Hangouts and more

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Google hasn't forgotten about Google+, its fledgling social network. In a big year-end update, the search giant has added several new features, including a way to automatically upload full-size photos from an Android phone.
  • What's so great about Google+ Communities?

    Posted December 15, 2012 - 8:35 am

    Google has taken the social web to the next level with a new feature called Communities.
  • Google+ shows 35% growth, adds Communities

    Posted December 7, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Calling Google+ the "fastest growing network thingy ever," a company executive said the number of Google+ active users has jumped to 135 million, a 35% increase in its user base in three months.
  • 10 great Google tools you need in your business workflow

    Posted November 28, 2012 - 9:00 am

    Google is so ubiquitous in our everyday digital lives that it's easy to overlook the many tools it offers that have a business slant.
  • Google forcing reviewers to use real names

    Posted November 27, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    If you want to cheer or jeer for an app in the Google Play store, you'll have to do it with your real name from now on.
  • Has your G+ account been suspended? Don't seek shelter from Google

    Posted August 2, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    My G+ account was suspended for more than a month, and I still have no idea why. But I can't say I missed much.
  • Will YouTube's comment jerks willingly out themselves? Not bloody likely

    Posted July 24, 2012 - 11:15 am

    In a bid to clean up its comment cesspool, YouTube now presents users with the option of posting under their real names.
  • The 10 commandments of social media etiquette

    Posted July 21, 2012 - 7:05 am

    These days, social media is a bit of a wild, wild West: While most of us understand the basic etiquette of real-world interactions, we've yet to reach a consensus on what behaviors are acceptable--and what behaviors are not--in our virtual lives.
  • Google+ outpaces Facebook in customer satisfaction

    Posted July 17, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    Facebook may be the biggest social network in the world, but rival Google+ wins when it comes to user satisfaction, according to a report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
  • Apple iPad gets dedicated Google+ app with Hangouts

    Posted July 14, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Google this week pushed out a Google+ app for the Apple iPad.
  • Google+ Takeout tool helps transfer data between accounts

    Posted July 13, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    Google is making it easy to move or merge Google+ account data with a new Google+Takeout tool. Takeout, introduced Thursday, will be particularly useful to anyone who signed up to Google+ in its early stages with their Gmail account and now want to migrate it to a Google Apps managed account or a different Google+ profile.
  • Google+ is not a social network, says Google exec

    Posted July 3, 2012 - 10:33 am

    A year after Google+ was launched, Google executives are saying it's not really a social network after all.
  • Google+ looks poised to roll out social ads

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Google may soon bring business-to-business "social ads" to its Google+ social networking platform, according to a recent job listing for a product marketing manager for social ads launch marketing.
  • First look: Airtime video chat service for Facebook

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:45 am

    I just took Airtime, the new video chat service from start-up stars Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, for a spin on Tuesday, its first day of general availability. My first impressions: It works fine, though I'm not sure I'll get addicted to it.
  • Make Google+ Hangouts your new meeting room

    Posted June 9, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Google+ may not have taken the social networking world by storm the way Google hoped, but it does offer useful tools for the workplace and project-oriented groups. Hangouts, the company’s online video chat technology, offers a simple way for people to get together and meet, no external software required. The video service also integrates with Google's other free tools, so that you can talk while working together on a Google Doc or share your screen to troubleshoot a problem.
  • Master Google+

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Google launched Google+ last summer to save us all from Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is too much like shouting in a coffee shop, Google argued, and Facebook’s garden, large and beautiful as it may be, has walls that are too high and opaque—particularly to Google’s search bots.
  • Google+ Hangouts On Air now offers live broadcasting for all

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Google+ is enabling live Hangouts broadcasting for all its users after the feature was available to a limited number of professional broadcasters. With Hangouts On Air, you can broadcast live video publicly from a Google+ stream, a YouTube channel or embed it on a website.
  • How to stop your social networks from distracting you

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networks help you stay connected with friends and family, but it's easy to overdo the connecting and end up distracted and unproductive. Worse, many social networks notify you every time someone tries to interact with you, making it even harder to concentrate on productive tasks. Turning these helpful reminders off can be tricky in some instances, but setting up a way to tune out mobile and e-mail notifications is well worthwhile. Here's how to stop your social networks from distracting you, so you can get your working life back on track. And don't worry--you can still peek at your Twitter page once in a while.
  • Google ruined itself with social, Google+, says former exec

    Posted March 14, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Google's desire to compete with Facebook in personalized advertising and social media is ruining the search giant's innovative culture, a former executive argues.
  • Google sinks from 'Don't be Evil' to 'Do what I tell you or else'

    Posted March 9, 2012 - 5:23 pm

    Google may never have given more than lip service to the slogan "Don't be Evil," but it struck everyone else as pretty significant. Now that it appears to prefer effective exploitation of customers and bullying of partners, it's clear if Google ever was Good, it certainly isn't now.
  • Is it already over for Google+?

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 5:14 pm

    New data from market research firm comScore shows users on Google+ spend just three minutes a month on the social networking site.
  • 9 ways Google+ can help your business

    Posted February 25, 2012 - 8:22 am

    Google+ hasn't exactly taken the world by storm. However, with features such as free videoconferencing and the capability to share and promote content with customers and colleagues at a touch of a (+1) button, Google+ is making a concerted effort to court businesses. We look at nine ways it can help you succeed in business.
  • Top brands dominate Google+ growth numbers

    Posted February 19, 2012 - 7:22 am

    The number of Google+ fans for the site's top 100 brands grew at a 1,400% pace last month, but almost all of the new followers were concentrated in the top 10 brands on the social media site, according to a new report.
  • Google’s personalized search results are way too personal

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Search Plus Your World brings your G+ friends' to the top of the Google hits parade -- often with embarrassing results.
  • Google+ ups competition with Facebook by including teens

    Posted February 4, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Google is widening the potential user base for Google+ by lowering the age requirement from 18 to 13 years old -- a move that could help it grow in Facebook's shadow.

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