Google +

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by mmacleodbrown, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. mmacleodbrown

    mmacleodbrown SC Regular

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    Oct 10, 2010
    London
    Im starting this as requested by BBW to discuss ideas

    I suppose a bit of background would be a good idea.
    I love twitter - never post, but use it like google to search for information...
    MySpace used to be good for music...
    Linked in I use for business
    I hate Facebook, no let me be clearer, I absolutely loathe FB with a passion, and yet I login everyday without fail and here is why..

    I probably spend most of my time on forums, covering all sorts of interests, but do browse alot of other sites as well. As FB has become more dominant there aren't many sites now that don't have a FB 'Like' button. Despite my loathing of FB that 'FB like' is pure genius - at the click of a button I can redirect all my interests to a single page and receive regular brief updates which I can scan through and either read/not read.
    It saves me time...

    I have an invite to google plus and have been playing around with it for the last couple of days and despite (my very European) dislikes over googles privacy policy I find that I like it alot..

    As you have no doubt read, the key difference is circles, and the way you can organise your friends/occasional contacts etc. The integration between mobile devices and the web is very well thought out as well..

    I thought of this site, Id like to see a serious compacts circle where we all were members that I could post to when Im out and about and upload any pics I take with my phone and could receive updates from the site straight to my mobile device.
    Using SC on a mobile at the moment is a bit of a pain to say the least..
    M4/3 have an mobile app for their site, but it has serious limitations and the trials I have conducted using a test circle with friends via google were very good. I could take a photo, upload it with one click, share it with another click, and then discuss, all via the phone..

    On the downside

    You need a gmail address - does everyone have one?
    Pictures are saved to Picassa, again, does everyone have an account?
    Im guessing that a smartphone is needed, Im running with an Android phone that makes it easy, but Im not sure whether Apple or RIM or Microsoft have a google client at the moment, I will look into it..
    The convenience works for communication, and for mobile photo's, but if you are taking photo's with your camera, then you still need to go home and upload them via your PC, so might as well just use the SC site?


    Google+ is still in trial mode at the moment, and Im sure that there will be more features and tools as we go, Im happy to send the moderators an invite if you like so you can have a look and a play...
     
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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Martin,
    Thanks... I got an invite from Sue and accepted. I like this idea but so far, the Iphone is not supported. Beings that I live with my Iphone, I'll wait it out until I can use it.
    Don
     
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  3. mmacleodbrown

    mmacleodbrown SC Regular

    197
    Oct 10, 2010
    London
    Yeah, google have submitted an app to the app store for approval, but Apple have yet to approve it..
    Cue countless conspiracy theories :biggrin::biggrin:
     
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  4. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Real Name:
    Sue
    Don, go to google+ in safari, and make a link on the home page, because it will detect the phone and send you to the mobile site. the mobile web interface is really quite clean and pleasant and the only disadvantage that I can see is that you can't yet upload photographs direct from your phone... and actually... I don't want to, I prefer to "operate" on them first :)

    I have an android phone too, and I'm not that impressed with the app at this stage, and additionally, for at least some of its actions, it sends you to the mobile website in the android browser in any case. Its a bit like installing the G+ app in the Chrome browser... its just a link to the site. Nothing special.
     
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  5. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Real Name:
    olli
    I'm also already on there courtesy of Sue. Send me a PM with your email and I'll look for you.
     
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  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Sue, you be correct. It runs out of Safari on the iphoney.
    Now what......
     
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  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Real Name:
    BB
    Martin, so the idea of integrating this is for cell phone pictures only? I'm sure I'm missing more to this concept. Is it sort of like creating a "circle" of friends a la Facebook but with a limited access?
     
  8. Travisennis

    Travisennis SC Regular

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    Jan 17, 2011
    My profile on Google+ is http://gplus.to/travisennis if anyone wants to meet up and start a conversation. My brief experience with it so far is that it is a nice place to share and discuss photos.
     
  9. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Real Name:
    Herman
    Whoopie! I'm too at Google Plus!
     
  10. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    I'm there Herman but it ain't a pretty site...
    Yet...
     
  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Real Name:
    Sue
    I'm a bit concerned about the capacity to send something from the stream to something called "extended circles". What that means is that you post something and your circles and all of their circles get the message. I can see this being thoroughly abused by spammers. I've sent feedback to Google.
     
  12. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Yeah Sue... The future reads like FB....
    Google has to get a hold of things fast.
    It has the potential to be more intimate but time will tell...
     
  13. Travisennis

    Travisennis SC Regular

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    Jan 17, 2011
    I may be wrong but I believe you would only see it in your stream if you followed the original person sending the message.
     
  14. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    After we get some more people... Maybe we can run a test.
    I'd like a clear definition about security and preferences.
     
  15. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Real Name:
    olli
    I've been trying to find Martin and Herman at G+ with no success. Can both of you put a link to your G+ profiles so we can all link up?
     
  16. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Real Name:
    Herman
    I have added Don (Springer) and Travis (Ennis) into a circle !
     
  17. mmacleodbrown

    mmacleodbrown SC Regular

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    Oct 10, 2010
    London
    martin (dot) macleodbrown at gmail (dot) com

    It is more private as any status updates you make will only go to the relevant people in YOUR circle - not everyone like in FB

    BBW - to answer your question, the mobile client allows you to upload photo's direct from your phone, for cameras, you would still need a laptop..
     
  18. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Real Name:
    Sue
    Guys, if you selected "extended circles" from the dropdown options, according to the help files, your post to the stream will go to your circles, *and* anyone in their circles. I remain concerned. Yes... if they are not "following" you, they wont get it... but, for example, I have Don, and Don has some people I don't have. I post to "Extended Circles" and Don (and my others) and everyone in Don's circles (and my others's circles) is theoretically supposed to get the post. I dont like it.

     
  19. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Real Name:
    Sue
    Martin, I've just tried to find you in G+ and it says theres nobody there with that address?
     
  20. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Real Name:
    Sue