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A sum-up of social networks

Social networks continue to evolve. From the early days of Friendster and Myspace, to the big days of Facebook, social networking is changing all the time. Especially with the advent of Twitter, short bursts of information both visually and textually are popular.

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World Map of Facebook, err, Social Networks

imageEach year Vincenzo Cosenza posts his World Map of Social Networks, showing which networks are the most popular by region. He recently posted his December 2013 edition, showing the most popular networks according to Alexa website traffic data. 

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YouTube users are not happy about the Google+ commenting system

Google’s recent revamp of the YouTube commenting system doesn’t appear to be going over very well for some users. For years, YouTube had a commenting problem - or as the rest of the world knows it - a trolling problem. Since Google+ relies heavily on identity, this is Google’s solution to trolls.

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Custom profile URLs become available to everyone on Google+

imageFor a while on Google+, the only people that had custom URLs on the social network were employees of Google, and in more recent times, power users with a lot influence. But this week, Google has opened up the custom URLs to everyone.

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Google+ allows you to embed posts outside of it’s network

imageAlthough Google+ may not be the most popular social network out there, it still continues to iterate to make it a competitive platform to sites like Facebook and Twitter. The newest announcement, which is pretty neat is embedded posts outside of the Google+ network. Similar to how Facebook just recently started embedded posts, you can now do the same with Google+.

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WTF: Google is killing off Google Reader!

imagePictured inset is my Google Reader account. I have many many subscriptions, and thousands of updates daily for Reader. I can’t tell you how much I love, enjoy, and utilize Google Reader every day. That is why I am so disappointed, saddened, upset and every negative emotion I can think of, that Google is shutting down Reader.

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Google Glass video gives us further insight into whats on the horizon

imageIn a new video published today by Google, they are giving us another look at the much anticipated Google Glass. If you recall, last year Google unveiled their latest venture, Project Glass which are interactive glasses (called Glass because it’s only one lens). The video raises expectations for the new product, which could further shape next gen technology such as the iPhone did a few years ago.

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Facebook finally ups the ante, and introduces a more intelligent search

Let’s be honest - Facebook Search sucks. It always has. If you are on Facebook and want search results comparable to Google’s search engine, it’s gonna happen. That is until now. Facebook is finally promising a better, more intelligent search, which is something to get excited about.

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Google+ exceeds 500 million users on it’s social network

It’s been a minute since I have talked about Google+. Not much since summer has been going on with Google’s social network. They are making minor changes here and there, but as time has gone on I have seen less and less from the network. Activity such as re-shares have gone down, comments have gone down, and the amount of people that have “circled” me has slowed down.

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Google acquires image editing app Snapseed

One of the tools I use to enhance my photos before posting to Instagram, and I would say I use it about 90% for every photo, is Snapseed. It’s just an amazing app that let’s you edit photos down to every last detail. From saturation, contrast, ambiance, brightness, and filters like vintage, drama and grunge, you can do everything Instagram can do and more. It’s a powerful image editing app that I would recommend to anyone.

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Google+ up to 250m users, will soon let you import Facebook posts too

At Google I/O developer conference this week, there have been quite a few Google+ updates but today two stuck out the most to me. First of all, Google gave an official update to how many registered users the social network now has. Since April of this year, Google+ has grown 70 million users, up to 250 million total. That is a huge increase in just a few months.

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How to do a live group video chat from 10,000 feet in the air

Welp, leave it up to Google to break the mold. At Google I/O, Google demoed Project Glass again, with yet another glimpse into what Google Glass can do, and Google held nothing back with this one.

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Google +1 button now displays recommendations

Google just launched a brand new recommendations feature for the Google +1 social sharing button. The button, which I have below this article is used to share the webpage into Google+, which is Google’s social network. It’s just like the Facebook Like button or the Twitter tweet button.

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Google is gearing up to launch social ads on the Google+ social network

If one of the things you enjoy about Google+ is the ad-free environment, that may be changing sometime in the unforeseeable future. In what appears to be chance sighting, someone caught wind of a new job posting on Google for a “Product Marketing Manager, B2B Google Plus”.

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Game developers poised to start removing games from Google+

Yikes! This is not good news for the Google social network, Google+. Games just came to Google+ just ten months ago, and now it seems there is not enough incentive for game devs to continue supporting their games on Google+.

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