Google+ is slowly becoming the new go-to social network. So much so, that you might be feeling left out of the scene because you just have no idea what's going on or what to actually use Google+ for. We put together a helpful little primer to get you started on Google's new social network, to get you all "plus one" in no time!
I've had Facebook since its inception and it's annoying how the site keeps changing its layout and privacy policies. On top of that, Twitter's constant spam replies and quick-witted nature is starting to exhaust me. I've been ready for a change for quite some time now. So imagine my delight when, out of nowhere, Google simultaneously announced and released its own social networking service. It's new, so I can start with a clean slate that just happens to integrate with all of the Google services I already use on a daily basis (including my Android phone).
After taking the weekend to see what life was like without Facebook and Twitter, and sharing my holiday weekend with only 20 of my "invited" Google+ pals, I've got a better inkling about whether or not this new service from Google will add a new element to my life on the internet. I can say with certainty that it's a contender to the Big Two. Of course, if it's just going to be another privacy concern for me, maybe I'm better off without it
On this week's Mac|Life show, Robbie and Flo discuss Apple's response to the negativity surrounding Final Cut Pro X's release. Also, Google's got a new social networking thing. Maybe you've heard of it?
On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.
If you simply can’t get enough of social networking apps, you’ll be overjoyed with Mobli, which hit the App Store over the weekend. Billed as “a new real-time visual media platform,” its founders are calling it “what Twitter should have been.”
Facebook unveiled another update to their iPhone app on Monday, still ignoring the public cries for an iPad-native version but fulfilling at least one wish that many users have had -- the ability to rub out friends while on the go.
Getting a bunch of people coordinated is seriously one of the toughest things to do. Sure, you could use Google Docs, a massive email thread or some kind of travel website to keep track of what's going on, but does that every really work? No.
However, what you can rely on is that everyone's probably got a cell phone on hand, and GroupMe works on a variety of mobile platforms to help unify you and your crew and keep you all on the same page. GroupMe enables you to create a group, keep track of these folks, communicate with them via social networking and SMS, and even share photos. In addition, you can also have a group call to keep in touch with one another the old-fashioned way--via an actual group chat. Follow along to find out how to use this application to better organize your life--and your posse.
Taptivate’s Friends app for iPhone and iPod touch is like that social butterfly everyone liked back in school. It attempts to be all things to all social network users, and succeeds admirably, allowing you to access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace in one slick iOS-powered package.
Going on a trip? Don't bring your laptop. The iPad works just as well as a photo editing and uploader tool, so you can get those vacation photos from your SD card up to Facebook in no time. All you need is the iPad, the camera connection kit and a speedy Wi-Fi (or, if you sprang for the mobile contract, 3G) connection and you'll have your friends envying your trip to sunshine land in no time.