It was an anniversary week with the iPhone celebrating its seventh birthday and we've got the Mac closing in on its 30th later this month. Yes, January has been good for Apple fans. Unfortunately, we don't have any good news on the iWatch front for you just yet. Nevertheless, this week, like nearly every week, there was something cooking on the old news front. Let's see what's what.
The iPhone was a tipping point for social media, enabling immediate sharing of life events with loved ones. But with so many different networks now drawing our attention, what we really need is an app to pull them all together in one place. That’s the concept behind Moment.me, which tries to be an aggregator for photos, videos, and tweets pulled from Facebook, Twitter, and other services, presenting them in a real-time, multi-point of view layout, neatly organized by event. Or rather, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
Google announced yesterday that Google+ will now have its own Events feature, so users of the social network will now be able to create event pages to invite friends and share photos as the event is happening. Curious about it? Read on to find out more.
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Despite the money and effort being put into Google+, there's no guarantee that its user numbers will ever rival those of competitor Facebook's. Part of that effort is providing its members with diversions equal to those of FB, which means Flash games. On this front, Google received a big show of support today from iPad developer iSwifter, who have announced support for Google+ Flash games.
If you thought that Google+ and that pesky +1 button was going anywhere, you were seriously wrong. Wired reports that Google is planning on turning that +1 button you see pop up on the web into a crowd sourcing tool to figure out what you're reading. The move would usher Google into the new era of search with its social networking offerings and maybe even change the way advertisers use search to make money.
Whether you’re tired of those Google+ friend requests, long for the days when you didn’t have to update yet another social network, or dislike the extra option in your Google toolbar, we’ll show you how to easily disable your Google+ account with just a few simple steps.
Just like calling and leaving a voicemail in the 90's was a great way to let your friends know you were thinking of them, social networking is now the norm to let your friends know you're creepily stalking them on the internet. And what better way to keep in touch with all of your pals then with a heaping of free Mac apps to constantly remind you that yes, you have friends out there that are worth tracking on a minute-by-minute basis. Or, maybe you're crazy obsessed with a pundit or famous YouTube star (My Drunk Kitchen, anyone?). Keep tabs on them with these free apps.
Earlier today it was reported that Google+'s popularity has soared into the millions -- 25 million to be exact. A new report from AFP (ironically, via Google News) claims that the social networking service from the world's largest search giant has grown faster than Twitter, MySpace, and even Facebook when it first launched. According to Mashable, it took Facebook and Twitter around 36 months to achieve those numbers. These are amazing statistics for Google, considering the service is actually so niche and invitation-only.
But, can we be honest here? How many Google+ users are still using the service on a regular basis? Personally, I keep forgetting to log in and check what's going on. Initially, I was really excited about Google+ because it was something new and fresh, but now that some time has passed, I've hardly touched it. That makes me wonder: while Google's claiming 25 million users, what percentage of these "users" are actually "using" Google+?
Everybody knows that Facebook is where it’s at these days when it comes to social networking, but you might not know it by looking at the explosive data growth of Google+, which a new report claims has grown faster than Twitter, MySpace and yes, Facebook did in their salad days.