Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jun 2011 19:48 UTC
Google Well, here we have another attempt. After the failure of the overly complicated Google Wave (remember that? It was supposed to change the world and all that), Google is undertaking another attempt at social networking. It's called Google+. Update: Forget the crap I wrote here, this article is seven pages on insider information on Google+. Surprised by the beautiful interface? It's been designed by Andy Hertzfeld. The Andy Hertzfeld.
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by static666 on Tue 28th Jun 2011 21:26 UTC in reply to "..."
static666
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2006-06-09

Same was with Gmail for me back then, but later I had to reconsider. ;)

Got my invite today. Seems to be heading the right direction, kind of fb+twitter with syndicated web content and all Google services integrated on top of a smarter privacy model.

Don't know about Wave, but Buzz seemed rather like just another separate Google app, while this one fully integrates with the whole user profile and adds social features to everything.

As soon as every Gmail user gets a free invite, it will grow rapidly. I wouldn't expect many problems filling friend circles, as Google has plenty of data collected to suggest more than just random people (like Facebook does).

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by Hiev on Tue 28th Jun 2011 21:43 in reply to "RE: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Gmail was wanted bacause it gave you something no one else had, 1 gb of space. There is nothing in Google+ Im eager to try.

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by static666 on Tue 28th Jun 2011 22:01 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
static666 Member since:
2006-06-09

I'm not sure if it is even possible to offer anything revolutionary enough to compare to 1G mailbox in the social networking world. If there was, Facebook probably would have done it already.

Since Social Web(tm) is the current trend, Google is just trying to leverage whichever resources/personal data it already owns. They are going fully social this time, no separate crap blogging or collaboration apps.

There's a special checkbox (enabled by default) when signing up for Google+ that offers to alter your search results and online experience with Google based on your social network. Seems like this is going to be just another step to tailor advertisements and further Internet marketing domination of Google.

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by No it isnt on Wed 29th Jun 2011 11:44 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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2005-11-14

The 1 GB of space wasn't the only thing Gmail offered. It has a good UI (a first for web mail), great search, and now also IMAP. I still have my Hotmail address to sign up for various bullshit and log into it now and then, and even though it has improved in various ways since back then, it's still utter shit compared to Gmail. Same goes for the other web mail services I've tried.

I imagine Google could still utilise some of their strengths in this new thing as well. Android integration comes to mind.

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