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    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2011
    I am hearing good stuff about photo sharing - anyone played with that aspect yet?
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2011
    I'm impressed with it, seems like there is a lot of possibilities with permissions/sharing/groups. Had a go with the 'Hangout' with a widely distributed group of pals, several hundred miles apart, and it worked brilliantly, hardly any delay at all.

    Also, no fucking shity farming/gangster apps... yay! :)
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2011
    I like the looks of it. I can't remember where I saw the article at, but it was about the one advantage Google+ might really have is the ability to start your social networking over from scratch.

    Not a big deal to me, but maybe for some people.

    I'm more interested in the instant uploads and how it synchs to Picasa. Hangouts and Huddles seems really awesome too. Thinking Hangout might be a decent way to get an RPG group together with friends scattered about the country.

    If anyone has any invites when they re-open it I would love to get in. Might even add you to my 'Epic Bros' circle. :P
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    I am hearing good stuff about photo sharing - anyone played with that aspect yet?

    They make it stupidly simple to share pics from an android phone if you use the G+ app. As far as I can tell, any pics on your phone sync with Picasa and G+ but are NOT shared by default. You can share them as albums, individual photos, etc and tweak the privacy/share options accordingly. They are also revamping their limits on Picasa. If by "revamp" you mean basically getting rid of the fucking limits.
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    If they're seriously getting rid of the Picasa limits than I am a happy happy person. Flickr is nice for the unlimited uploads (albeit capped per month), but not keeping photos full res is really annoying.
  3.  (9984.6)
    Here's a bit more detail regarding the new limits for G+ members:

    Here's the basic breakdown:
    - anything less than 2048×2048 doesn't count towards your limit
    - videos under 15 minutes don't count against your video limit

    So, while there are still limits they are pretty nice.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011
    Google+ looks and works verreh nice, so far.
    As soon G's allowing invites again I'll send any of you whose e-mails I have an invite.

    my presence is cs denouden at gmail dot com if you'd like to add to a whitechapel collection.
  4.  (9984.8)
    I like it. For me, though, it's a nice, big house with no furniture. I posted "Google+ would be great if anybody actually used it." Know where I posted that? Facebook.

    On a not entirely unrelated note, chrnoble(at)gmail(dot)com for your Whitechapel circle, if you want.
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011
    Can someone explain how google plans to make money with g+? Targeted ads, data mining, selling credits to use certain features? I use mail software linked to my gmail and never see the ads, but I assume google still makes money? Probably tracks what interests people in my geographic location, age and/or income bracket, etc. have.

    If I was a corporation/ad agency I would invent fake friends that "learn" your interests with Sparks: "We're into the same things, what a coincidence!" to exploit that illusion of privacy and get into your main Circle. Then it can subtly shill products: "Movie X coming out today looks like more visual diarrhea from Michael Bay, but I'll probably go see it for the lulz. Brand Z soda is so over priced I'll have to smuggle it in". If it converts someone they will have live users that will unknowingly advertise for free!

    How do you authenticate virtual friends?
  5.  (9984.10)
    @ jonah
    I was kind of curious about this, too. FB is driven by selling your information to advertisers. G+ boasts increased privacy... so, where does the profit come from?
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    Google's income seems to come purely from ads and data mining (for more "accurate" and focused ads).

    Search engine - free
    Chrome browser - free
    Android - free
    Chrome OS - free
    Picasa - free
    gmail - free
    google voice - free
    google talk - free
    google docs - free
    blogger - free
    google reader - free
    google finance - free


    What we get is good products for free - often better than any commercially available options. What they get is access to our online habits which allows them to feed us ads we're more likely click (supposedly). Besides that they further expand their brand and all seeing eye in the sky model. What I've come to believe is that they don't care about any individual's singular data. None of us are so interesting or important that they want our data alone. They want MASSES of data that they can use to compare and find patterns, habits, etc.
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    They also make a lot of money off licensing the stuff that's free for individuals to corporations.

    Even Android has a lot of elements that have to be licensed (the whole Google apps package is technically something that manufacturers are supposed to license from Google for their Android distros).

    I'm sure the Google+ plan is very much the same. It's a playground for them to roll out experimental APIs (Hangouts, Huddle), as well as a new mine for demographic data. And they'll probably sell the information cheaper than Facebook does.
  8.  (9984.13)
    Thanks. That makes a lot of sense.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011
    @chrisanthropic Interesting. Starting to think this could be for the social photos (500px is for showing off). Could replace Facebook and flickr for me since both irritate the hell out of me now.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011
    @Chris Noble, I think it's a bit unfair to call it a wasteland when they are still in a limited beta (and by limited, I mean "not letting too many people in"). If, after it launches, it is still barren, feel free to be annoyed then.
    • CommentAuthorChris Noble
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011 edited
    I'm just reflecting my personal experience with it so far. Like I said, I like it.
    The point was, I made a remark about what I thought about Google's new competitor for Facebook... on Facebook. Where most people I know are, partly because they can't get on G+.
    Part of the reason Google is limiting invites is because it is a beta. Another part of that reason is to build anticipation by making it an exclusive club that one must be invited to. It's a strategy that can work, as it did with Gmail. In the case of G+, we'll see.
    From what I've seen, very few of my friends are on it. And, if they are, they aren't using it.

    edited to perform snarkectomy.
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2011
    The main competitor of Facebook in Spain started as a closed beta, I think, and has been invite-only forever (this "exclusive club" thing, I imagine, although they call it "weeding out fake profiles to increase trust" - yeah, sure). That hasn't stopped it from becoming huge, *and* it's a piece of shit. This isn't. I think it can work.
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2011
    Oh, if any of you want to add me, it's moracexmachina (at) gmail (dot) com.
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2011 edited
    Been on there for a few days now, and i got to say i'm loving it. Still waiting for the novelty effect to fade off but till then I got to give it to the guys at Google. They made a proper social network.
    The privacy settings are superb. You can share things to certain circles and not others and setting them up is simple and clear.
    The you can include anyone in your circle and they dont have to include you (just like following someone on twitter)

    if you feel like adding me to ur whitechapel circle there i'm here
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    I'd love an invite if anyone is so kind. brandonseifert (at) gmail (dot) com.