When looking to create a new account for YouTube, Gmail, or any other Google product, new Google users are facing a new requirement: The creation of a Google+ enabled profile with any account. The unofficial Google Operating System blog pointed out the new Google form that requires any new user to sign up for both the social network, and a Gmail account. Previously, an existing email address or setting up a Gmail account would allow users to set up an official Google Account. Now a name, Gmail username, Google+ account and gender are required: Google may use my account information to personalize +1s on content and ads on non-Google websites. About personalization. Once users enter their information into the form, they are hit with a profile set-up page. This confirms to users that they will be included into Google+ and features some privacy links: So now all new YouTubers, Gmailers and Google Account holders will be part of Google+. This will be a controversial move seeing that Google … [Read more...] about Google Now Forcing All New Users To Create Google+ Enabled Accounts
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Google’s Marissa Mayer has announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Google Social Search will be launching in the coming weeks. I’ve seen an early release of it. It’s way cool. Below, what details we have now about this plus some follow up on today’s Google-Twitter search deal that was announced. NOTE: Google Social Search is now live. See our Google Social Search Launches, Gives Results From Your Trusted “Social Circle” post. I’m in a bind because I can’t say more about the product than what Mayer released today. I wasn’t able to make it to Web 2.0 nor were her remarks on the product broadcast live. TechCrunch was there and summarizes what she said this way: There’s a new Google product called Social Search that is launching in Google Labs. This is a new feature that allows you to see results for queries from people in your social network. This works by using your Google Profile. If you fill it out with the other social networks … [Read more...] about Google Social Search Is Coming & More On Google-Twitter
As you might expect, I monitor a number of search-related topics being discussed on Twitter. Over the past few days, there’s been spike in funny bit of advice that Google is giving Yahoo — that no one says, “Let’s Yahoo It.” But how did that get started? Let’s start with the joke first: Dear Yahoo, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t know, let’s Yahoo! it…” just saying… Sincerely, Google Was It eLDee? When I first noticed this taking off this week, I traced it back to musician eLDee, who tweeted it out there and got a number of retweets from his 35,000 followers: Today, I saw a flood of new tweets saying the same thing. This time, they were coming off FunnyFacts_ (yes, with an underscore), which tweets one liner jokes out to its 76,000 followers. It put out this: I felt a little bad for eLDee. Funny Facts appeared to have taken his joke without credit. But then I wondered — was it even his joke … [Read more...] about Who Started The “Dear Yahoo, I’ve Never Heard Anyone Say ‘Let’s Yahoo It’ Sincerely Google” Twitter Joke?
Whether on purpose or not, Google and Twitter are having a little back-and-forth this week about the size of their social networks — or, maybe more accurately, about the activity levels on their social networks. Google+ has X amount of users and the +1 button gets served Y times per day. Twitter delivers N tweets every day and saw P new signups just yesterday. It’s all quite reminiscent of the early/mid 2000s, when all of major search engines made a sport out of bragging over the number of pages they’d indexed. But does it mean anything? Well, yes and no. Let’s dive in…. Google+ & +1 Button Usage Stats For starters, Google CEO Larry Page spilled the beans Thursday during the company’s earnings call. He also shared the details on Google+ (in a post that’s been +1’d 7,785 times and shared more than thousand times, if you need to know): Google+ now has more than 10 million users Google+ sees more than “one billion items shared … [Read more...] about Google, Twitter Flaunt Social Stats … It’s Like 2003 All Over Again
It appears that Google is listening to feedback on their new social networking site and acting accordingly. Google+ had a bit of a rocky launch with issues around brand accounts, and a total lack of Google Apps support. Even a Google Engineer recently called the service a “knee-jerk” response to Facebook. During the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and SVP Of Social Business Vic Gundotra talked about the changes coming to Google+. Two of the biggest announcements were support for Google Apps and a change in the “real-name” policy. TechWebTV posted the entire interview (30+ minutes) from the Web 2.0 summit:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN36NHZ5IG4 Backpedaling About ‘Real Names” Google initially took a very strong stance on what users had to provide in order to use Google+. Users neeeded to have a public profile and were required to use their real names. Gundotra announced that they will be retreating from … [Read more...] about Google+ To Allow Pseudonyms & Will Support Google Apps Accounts