Sunday, 10 July 2011

Google Plus Wiki | Google Plus Impact, Censorship and number of users

Google+ is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011 in an invite-only testing phase. The following day, existing users were allowed to invite friends, who are above 18 years of age, to the service to create their own accounts. However, this was quickly suspended in a day after there was "insane demand" for accounts.Google+ will be built as a layer that not only integrates different Google social services, such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz, but also introduces many new features including Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and Huddles. Google+ will also be available as a desktop application and as an application on Android and iOS operating systems. Sources such as The New York Times have declared it Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook, which had over 750 million users in 2011.Recent survey shows that about 100 Million users are registered in Google  Plus.

Features


  • "Circles" enables users to organize contacts into groups for sharing, across various Google products and services. Although other users can view a list of people in a user's collection of circles, they cannot view the names of those circles. The privacy settings also allows users to hide the users in their circles as well as who has them in their circle. Organization is done through a drag-and-drop interface. This system replaces the typical friends list function used by sites such as Facebook.
  • "Huddle" is a feature available to Android, iPhone, and SMS devices for communicating through instant messaging within circles.
  • "Hangouts" are places used to facilitate group video chat (with a maximum of 10 people participating in a single Hangout at any point of time). However, anyone on the web could potentially join the 'Hangout' if they happen to possess the unique URL of the Hangout.
  • "Instant Upload" is specific to Android mobile devices; it stores photos or video in a private album for sharing later.
  • "Sparks" is a front-end to Google Search, enabling user to identify topics they might be interested in sharing with others; "featured interests" sparks are also available, based on topics others globally are finding interesting.
  • Through "Streams," users see updates from those in their circles, updates similar to Facebook's news feed. The input box allows users to enter a status update or use icons to upload and share photo and videos.
Reception:
The introduction of Google+ has had an impact on the design of Google's web search service, due to the graphical redesign (mistakenly attributed to Andy Hertzfeld). There have been refinements alongside speculation of a much wider impact once Google+ is fully rolled-out,including some redesign of Google Maps, Google Mail and Google Calendar. Initial consumer reaction to Google plus has been positive.
In particular, there are changes to Picasa Web Albums:

  • After tagging someone, they receive a notification and can see the photo and the related album.
  • For new albums, anyone an album is shared with can see who else it is shared with.
  • Albums someone shared can be tagged and re-shared by others.
  • Photos up to 2048×2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards the 1 GB storage quota for Google+ users (it's 800×800 pixels for non-Google+ users), creating "virtually unlimited" storage for mobile users

Censorship
Within a day of the website's launch, various news agencies reported that Google+ was blocked by People's Republic of China. This is part of a wider policy of censorship in Mainland China.


Required information at subscription:
Subscription to the service requires mandatory name and gender disclosure, which are publicly shared. The gender selector has options for "Male," "Female" and "Other." This requirement has been criticized for causing lack of privacy and, together with Facebook and other social networks, for forcing the user to choose among limited categories that describe preconceived gender descriptors. The mandatory public gender exposure led to criticism for making older Google profiles public.

Adds reply and reply-to-author buttons to Google+ comments | Replies and more for Google+.


Adds extra functionality to Google Plus:

 - Reply and Reply to Author links for easy +mentions of other users
 - Badges the favicon with a number when you have new messages
 - Ctrl+Enter and Shift+Enter submit a comment or post
 - Header bar floats down as you scroll
 - Adds a dropdown next to share with additional sharing options (Twitter/Facebook/Email)
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Extra functionality (off by default):

 - Chime on new notifications

This extension works via page scraping, so it might be a bit brittle. Report issues  here: http://code.google.com/p/buzz-plus/issues/list

It'll ask you for access to a few Google sites (this is required because this modifies content on any page that contains Google+ elements). Make sure you refresh any Google+ windows that you had open before installing.

Recent changes:
  - 1.15: Workaround for Gmail/ChromeOS bug with mailto: urls
  - 1.15: Add a "test sound" button to test chime volume
  - 1.14: Add chime volume option
  - 1.14: Add extended sharing menu next to share item for Twitter/Facebook/Email
  - 1.13: zh-TW is now traditional Chinese
  - 1.13: Update chime sound (thanks Lauren)
  - 1.12: Fix tabindex bug
  - 1.12: Match latest Google+ layout
  - 1.11: Adding more strings to translate
  - 1.11: Shift-enter now submits as well
  - 1.11: Added optional chime notify
  - 1.10: Improving re-scan logic
  - 1.9: Add Fran├žais translation (thanks zjemily)
  - 1.9: Less aggressive favicon updates
  - 1.8: Add Deutsch translation (thanks wortwandler4)
  - 1.7: Add zh_CN and zh_TW translations (thanks semidio7)
  - 1.6: Workaround for the notifications menu sized wrong when scrolled down the page
  - 1.5: Reduce CPU usage on Google+ pages

+Comment Toggle, hide/show comments on Google+.

+Comment Toggle hides any comments to posts within your Stream and makes them available if and when you actually want to see them.

Since Google+ page structure is quite complicated and heavily powered by JavaScript there may be some errors or unfixed bugs. If you find one, please drop me a note.

About the required permissions:
The extensions needs access to the pages on plus.google.com to integrate the JavaScript necessary to hide your comments. The extension operates entirely within the bounds of your browser and does not collect any information. All it does is modifying the page's source code to hide any comments.

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Google+ profiles Extractor of the people whose names appear on the page Visits.


This extension extracts the Google+ profiles of the people whose names appear on the page you visit.

It also retrieves some basic information to help you identify people.

A fast and easy way to discover and add interesting people to your circles.

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List Of Googlers On Google Plus.





courtesy: Craig Kanalley
Co-Founders
+Sergey Brin
+Larry Page

VPs/Senior VPs
+Vic Gundotra (Engineering)
+Bradley Horowitz (Product Management)
+Jeff Huber (Commerce & Local)
+Marissa Mayer (Local, Maps & Location Services)

Community Managers
+Melissa Daniels (Chrome OS)
+Brian Rose (Google+ Photos)
+Vanessa Schneider
+Toby Stein
+Natalie Villalobos

Product Managers
+Anish Acharya (Google+ Mobile)
+Shimrit Ben-Yair
+Frances Haugen (Google+ Profiles)
+Caroline McCarthy (Marketing)
+Jonathan McPhie
+Joe Rideout
+Punit Soni (Google+ Mobile)

Engineering Directors/Managers
+Chee Chew
+Dave Besbris
+Chris Millikin

Software Engineers
+Eric W. Barndollar (Google+)
+James Bogosian
+Andrew Bunner (Google+)
+David Byttow
+Eric Cattell (Social Graph Tech Lead)
+John Costigan (Google Profiles)
+Matt Cutts (Webspam)
+Pavan Desikan (Google+/Gmail)
+Kelly Ellis
+Trey Harris (Site Reliability)
+Griff Hazen
+Andy Hertzfeld
+Matt Keoshkerian
+Todd Knight
+Jean-Christophe Lilot
+Lan Liu
+Vincent Mo (Google+ Photos)
+Dobromir Montauk (Google+ Infrastructure)
+Stephen Ng (Gmail)
+Owen Prater
+Joseph Smarr (Technical)
+Martin Strauss
+Na Tang
+Yonatan Zunger (Social)


Consumer Operations Manager
+Michael Hermeston (Google+ Support)

Developer Advocates
+Chris Chabot (Developer Relations)
+Timothy Jordan

Designers
+Brett Lider (Product/User Experience)
+Jonathan Terleski (Google+)
+Charles Warren (User Experience Lead, Google Social)


Program Managers
+Julian Harris (Technical)
+Adam Lasnik (Google Map Maker)

Tech Lead Manager
+Natalie Glance (Google Shopping)
Test Engineer
+Erick Fejta (Tester for Google Storage)

Account Executive
+Dave Miller (Local & Education)

President, Enterprise
+Dave Girouard (Cloud Apps)
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-1 Minus One Button For Google plus.


-1 Button For Google Plus.

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Get -1 Button For Google plus.Chrome Extension.

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