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Old 20-09-2011, 23:55
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No invitation required, all you need is a Google account and your free to go.

Anyone joining?

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/...98-99-100.html
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Old 21-09-2011, 00:11
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No invitation required, all you need is a Google account and your free to go.

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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/...98-99-100.html
I've setup my account
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Old 21-09-2011, 00:26
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Unless I can bring a doggie bag, um, no.
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Old 21-09-2011, 10:49
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They frown on fake names, so no.
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Old 21-09-2011, 10:58
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No way am I joining.I dont use anything associated with Google
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Old 21-09-2011, 11:17
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I don't see the point of social networks, but if i did use one it'd probably be Google+.

Supposedly Google Voice will be coming to Europe sometime soon too.
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Old 21-09-2011, 11:25
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"I don't see the point of social networks,"
Er... to make Mark Zuckerberg obscenely rich? He invented Facebook and he's worth around 13 billion dollars!

Just think, he could give one billion of his wealth to, say, a charity or a hospital for terminally ill kids and he'd still have 12 billion in the bank! Mind blowing amount of money to have.

Google Plus features circles - a new feature.

Well I dunno about you lot but I did circles and triangles and squares at school so I don't see what's so new about that.
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Old 21-09-2011, 11:45
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Well I have just activated my account but I don't see anything in there worth bothering about.

Do Google really think that people have enough time in their lives to have duplicate presences on Facebook and Google+?
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Old 21-09-2011, 12:01
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Of course neither of them is used by the cool kids.
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Old 21-09-2011, 12:43
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No way am I joining.I dont use anything associated with Google
What great evil has Google done? Their maps are excellent, so are their email services.
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Old 21-09-2011, 12:45
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They have sticky fingers.
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Old 21-09-2011, 13:06
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No way am I joining.I dont use anything associated with Google
You do. You might not realise it, but you do. It's nigh-on impossible to use the web in 2011 without ever running into a Google service, product, adserver etc.
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Old 21-09-2011, 15:34
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No way am I joining.I dont use anything associated with Google

i tend to stay away from Google as well to be honest.
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Old 21-09-2011, 15:36
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What great evil has Google done? Their maps are excellent, so are their email services.

Apart from the fact they love to know where you go on the net and they love using they cameras to film everywhere in the world including peoples houses and stick it up on the net and the fact that they love to grab hold of peoples Wif-fi.

they are not evil, much
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Old 21-09-2011, 15:38
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No invitation required, all you need is a Google account and your free to go.

Anyone joining?

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/...98-99-100.html
I used a false name to have a peak a couple of months ago when a mate of mine gave me a invite, but that is as far as it got
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Old 21-09-2011, 15:39
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No thanks. Facebook has copied most of what G+ has so nobody is going to move like they did from MySpace.
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Old 21-09-2011, 18:28
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No thanks. Facebook has copied most of what G+ has so nobody is going to move like they did from MySpace.
Facebook's currently implementation is disastrous though. Google+ does the same but much cleaner and easier on the eye. More intelligent conversation as well, this is a great comparison of discussion available on each of them:

https://plus.google.com/107330528562...ts/E1LHNRK8Ksv
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Old 21-09-2011, 18:40
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Well I have just activated my account but I don't see anything in there worth bothering about.

Do Google really think that people have enough time in their lives to have duplicate presences on Facebook and Google+?
well people manage to have Facebook and Twitter accounts and post on DS

As for "not seeing anything there". I can't find the post where someone put it far better than me, but in the same way as a lot of people were disillusioned by Twitter, having signed up and found a largely empty feed with no interaction, you have to...."join in". Post stuff publicly, comment on others posts, follow people, debate with them. After a small lull last week, Google+ is again the most energetic and interesting social network.
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Old 21-09-2011, 19:34
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I saw the arrow on the Google page and clicked on you' and it said I had to 'join Google'.

One or two messages in this thread seem to know what it is about, I'f be grateful if someone could explain it. I realise that I could just agree and see for myself, but I read somewhere that there is not an option to leave these 'social network' sites, so I am a bit wary of trying them out.

I once had a thing called messenger on my PC but It just caused me to get interrupted all the time with meaningless babble - it was blooming annoyng and it seemed to tell everybody I had the PC switched on. So is joining Google like that?
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Old 21-09-2011, 19:47
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Facebook's currently implementation is disastrous though. Google+ does the same but much cleaner and easier on the eye. More intelligent conversation as well, this is a great comparison of discussion available on each of them:

https://plus.google.com/107330528562...ts/E1LHNRK8Ksv
Currently I'm ditching Facebook and sliding over to Twitter if people I know migrate to Google+ then I'll consider it but I'm not going to join just for the sake of it.
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Old 21-09-2011, 20:01
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One or two messages in this thread seem to know what it is about, I'f be grateful if someone could explain it. I realise that I could just agree and see for myself, but I read somewhere that there is not an option to leave these 'social network' sites, so I am a bit wary of trying them out.

I once had a thing called messenger on my PC but It just caused me to get interrupted all the time with meaningless babble - it was blooming annoyng and it seemed to tell everybody I had the PC switched on. So is joining Google like that?
I'm guessing you're not a user of Facebook and/or Twitter?

I'll assume not and attempt to describe social networks.

Social networks (Google+,Facebook,Twitter and a few others) allow you to keep track of updates posted by people you're interested in (normally your friends,co-workers,family but particularly on Twitter, this can include celebrities, politicians). These updates can be text e.g. "I've just got a new job" or photos e.g. from a party last night or the wedding last weekend. Of course, you are also encouraged to post updates, which is a way either to share news, or to seek opinions on stuff for example. The networking bit comes in, as you can often see what your friends' friends say in response to your friends updates, and you can then potentially extend your network.

Sounds rather dry doesn't it? Perhaps I'm not explaining it well. Simply, it's a way to keep in touch with people you don't get to see as often as you like.

Very quick and simplified overview of the different networks:

Twitter: this is all about short, to the point updates. Maximum length is approximately 160 characters so no essays, but equally lends itself to a lot of short updates rather than a few long ones. Until recently had no photos. Key differentiator: By default most updates are public, meaning it can be very easy to see what a city/nation/world is talking about, and what they think of it.

Facebook: The big popular one. much more visual, has more photos than any other service on the internet (including Flickr). Much more geared towards sharing stuff only with people you already know - you can only see someone's updates if they give permission, and a consequence of this is they can see your updates.* Tends to be more about staying in touch with people you already know. Has diversified into games and 'apps', which can get very annoying as your old school friends pester you to help them with their virtual farm.

*slightly out of date with new changes to make it more like the other networks.

Google+:New kid on the block. More control over who you share things with - a mix of Twitter and Facebook. nice clean interface and so far attracting a intelligent, professional crowd. Lacks the sheer volume of Facebook though and the simplicity of Twitter. 'Killer' features include hangouts (group video calling) and circles (organising people into groups so you choose which groups see your updates/photos/news)
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Old 21-09-2011, 21:03
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Thats a pretty good description.

Never used twitter myself, although had a good look.
Facebook Ive deactivated, just found a few people wanted to hassle you with their trivial life. Also had a lot otheres trying to be friends who I really didnt want to know or care.

Like you say Google+ seems a lot more structured, and Im a big fan of Google, they just do it easily and are innovative, only thing is i have an iphone (work phone) and so dont use android but google docs and google mail on it really work for me.
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Old 21-09-2011, 21:12
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Like you say Google+ seems a lot more structured, and Im a big fan of Google, they just do it easily and are innovative, only thing is i have an iphone (work phone) and so dont use android but google docs and google mail on it really work for me.
There's a decent iphone app available for G+.
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Old 22-09-2011, 10:53
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Well I have just activated my account but I don't see anything in there worth bothering about.

Do Google really think that people have enough time in their lives to have duplicate presences on Facebook and Google+?
I'm afraid I have to agree. They have apps and games for the Chrome browser, these should be part of Google+ too. After all, Facebook has a similar feature - the games are the main reason I use FB.
You do. You might not realise it, but you do. It's nigh-on impossible to use the web in 2011 without ever running into a Google service, product, adserver etc.
Yeah, they even own Youtube.
Twitter: this is all about short, to the point updates. Maximum length is approximately 160 characters so no essays, but equally lends itself to a lot of short updates rather than a few long ones. Until recently had no photos. Key differentiator: By default most updates are public, meaning it can be very easy to see what a city/nation/world is talking about, and what they think of it.
The limit is 140 characters.
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Old 22-09-2011, 11:07
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I'm afraid I have to agree. They have apps and games for the Chrome browser, these should be part of Google+ too. After all, Facebook has a similar feature - the games are the main reason I use FB.
Google+ has games. they're just tucked away so anyone that doesn't want the equivalent of Farmville invites won't get them.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/...fits-your.html
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