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How to get more honest search results - InfoWorld
Backlash against Google/Google+, this post shows how to 1) how to disconnect Google+ from Google search results and 2) configure your browser to default to non-Google search engines. Useful, but assumes 2 things that will be untrue for some people: a) Google+ results "pollute" search results in all cases; b) Yahoo/Bing give better search results. Although all of the above could be true in some cases, the devil is in the details. It is surprising that the post didn't mention a much better alternative: info.com, whose algorithm sorts results from all three search engines. Executive's Guide recommends being aware of the ground shifting under search. Don't get caught up in religious wars, and try different things. As we have argued in these pages here, Google+ results will enhance certain kinds of searches and will return inferior results in others. As infoworld says, users can "filter out" Google+ search results on a case-by-case basis, so the watchword is to try different things. Also, get acquainted with info.com, it could add serious value in some use cases/situations. If you really want "quality" in terms of what you're trying to accomplish, Google+ has made it more complicated. C'est la vie, quoi! ;^(
backlash  google  plus  search  yahoo  bing  browser  howto  notabene  2execguide  Platform  google+ 
march 2012 by csrollyson
How to update Twitter and Facebook with your Google+ posts | Ian Anderson Gray
Useful hacks and explanation: explains Google's slowness with making API available, which keeps Google+ disconnected from the rest of the ecosytem and frustrates users. This imposes a high cost of use because users are only able to post from Google+. Since it delays the adoption of Google+, it's bound to frustrate Google, too, which is a good thing! (we're in alignment ;^)
google  plus  tool  twitter  facebook  twitterfeed  API  software  syndication  notabene  application  Platform  google+ 
february 2012 by csrollyson
Google's Strategy To Boost Its G+ Social Network Risks Harming Quality Of Search Warns SEO Expert - SVW
Useful riff on disruptive potential of Google+ nonetheless has glaring holes and reflects arbitrary assumptions. I recommend reading it to learn about this argument, which is based on this questionable logic: "social data degrades the 'quality' of search results." The real answer is far less satisfying, "It depends." Some search results will be improved with social data while others won't. Search, SEO/SEM and other players dislike Google+ when it disrupts their businesses. Expect, and listen to, these arguments, but realize that they are often biased.
google  plus  analysis  seo  pointofview  q1  2012  search  social  network  2execguide  notabene  Platform  google+ 
february 2012 by csrollyson
Through Buddy Media, HootSuite & More, Google+ Pages Get Third-Party Management Tools | TechCrunch
Google spinning up Google+'s developer ecosystem. As I've written from the beginning, Google is playing the long game here; it's obvious that an inordinate amount of WordPress's Facebook's and Twitter's strengths and value has come from their APIs and developer communities (they're all platform plays from this perspective), and Google is taking its time, experimenting. They are executing very well and have time to do it right. Monitor this carefully, the functionality will accelerate. Google may also be taking some lessons from LinkedIn and how they have used an extremely controlled approach to their developer community. Google is also feeling the pain of the chaotic (according to some) Android developer community. A lot of lessons they may be considering.
google  plus  application  hootsuite  plugin  developer  community  q4  2011  notabene  Pages  Brand  Vision  Platform  google+ 
november 2011 by csrollyson
Google+ is not a social network, but it’s not a graveyard, either | VentureBeat
VentureBeat interviews Brad Horowitz on the strategy for Google+ and on his reaction to journalists and bloggers. Although he's coy about the strategy's specifics, he verified that Google+ was never conceived as a social network; rather it's a way to personalize and glue together users' experiences with all other Google products. There's also an explicit attempt to learn from their own and others' mistakes in terms of user experience; for example, various products (i.e. Plus Gmail Search Docs Blogger..) will enable different identity choices: realname, anonymous, pseudonymous). In this, Google's endgame is similar to Facebook's: to provide advertisers a better picture of user wishes so they can advertise more effectively. I still stand by my assertion that Google+ will change the context and pressure social networks in unusual ways, so I'll be following it closely. But don't think of it as a social network to begin seeing its disruptive potential.
google  plus  executive  analysis  strategy  interview  q4  2011  adoption  comparison  facebook  twitter  valueprop  2blog  social  network  notabene  Platform  google+ 
november 2011 by csrollyson
Richmond Sim: Google+ opens up to enterprises and apps
Short post on the significance of the integration of Google+ and Google Apps - and how to migrate your Google+ presence from a personal Google account to a Google Apps account in order to use Google Apps' arsenal of online tools, for photo editing and many others.
google  plus  applications  apps  integration  development  q4  2011  example  migrate  news  notabene  Platform  google+ 
october 2011 by csrollyson
10 Essential Google+ Tips -- InformationWeek
Useful post gives ten bite-sized tips for how to use Google+ that reflect its ongoing development and satisfy your instant gratification hacker. A sampling: how to search Google+ content (no official search available), how to italicize, bold & strikethrough text, how to do the equivalent of bookmarking within G+ and how to reorder Circles.
google  plus  guide  chrome  widget  notabene  q4  2011  Circle  Markup  Search  howto  Platform  google+ 
october 2011 by csrollyson
Inside Google Plus | Wired Magazine
Wired interview with Brad Horowitz, Google's VP of Products offers valuable insight into how Google perceives Google+. This shows why it's a mistake to consider "Plus" just another social network. Google wants to make it the central hub of digital content sharing. One interesting insight: much of the "sharing" on Google+ is private, unlike in Twitter and Facebook, so it isn't visible to the public. This makes it difficult for pundits to correct its adoption. I predict that Google+ will disrupt the concept of "social networks" significantly and raise the bar in numerous areas. It is extremely significant when you reflect on Horowitz's remarks and what Google does.
Google  plus  notabene  q3  2011  interview  social  network  insight  buzz  development  team  media  sharing  anonymous  pseudonymous  guide  Platform  google+ 
october 2011 by csrollyson
Can Google+ Become A Biz Collaboration Tool? - The BrainYard - InformationWeek
Must read post speculating on whether Google will integrate Google+ with Docs to make an enterprise play, disrupting Yammer, Socialtext and other lightweight social enterprise players. This is exactly how to think and why most people miss the true significance of Google+: it's a social infrastructure into which users will be able to plug many of their other Web activities (such as using Google Docs, Gmail, Payments, etc.). This makes it far more significant that "another social network." Thx @jowyang #fb
google  plus  enterprise  docs  integration  speculation  securing  authentication  product  management  strategy  q4  2011  2snr  notabene  Platform  google+ 
october 2011 by csrollyson

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