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Google+: A Collaborative Document

Google+ A Collaborative Document: (or how 120+ people wrote a book at the same time)

I love how communities come together to share their knowledge and tips & tricks and this Google+ collaborative document is a great example of how groups of people are able to do just that!

This is probably the most comprehensive manual of Google+ tips and tricks that is being crowdsourced through Google Docs. The actual file is quite difficult to access because so many people are attempting to view it and perhaps get a gap at including their own contribution to this book.

If you’d like to contribute to the Google+ collaborative document, you can do so here.

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Google tests Google+ for Domains

Google Tests Google+ for Domains

My favourite piece of Google+ news to come out this week for sure. This is really promising news for Google Apps users and I for one cannot wait until Google Apps is integrated into the rest of Google’s social experiment.

The one thing that has frustrated me for ages about Google Apps is it not incorporating , was it’s inability to create a custom profile

If you’re anything like me – and you have a lot of domains to manage – you’ll probably be running your domain(s) using Google Apps to handle your mail, documents, chat, calendars and even your accounting package. I’ve found it an indispensable tool in managing communications and data for several domains and like that it is accessible no matter where I am.

So why am I excited about Google+ being integrated into Google Apps?

Well for one because right now I feel like I am standing outside of the party of the year watching everybody having a good time and wanting to join in, but I’m denied entry because I have the wrong type of shoes… Bummer!

The other aspect is so that I can setup Google profiles for all my domains running on Google Apps. I have not doubt that the new Google profiles are going to be displaying high up in the SERPs – very high up, so in other words organic SEO which is never a bad thing, right?

Access to the full stable of Google tools currently not available to users of the free version of Google Apps, will be of great benefit and will further attract more users to using this service.

In the blog post below from the Google blog, it has been confirmed that Google+ will be incorporated into Google Apps.

A reader of this blog spotted some interface elements which show that Google+ will be available in Google Apps.

I discovered it by accident: I was logged into Google+ with my Google Account and into my Google Apps account as secondary, with multiple sign-on. For some reason Google decided to log me off all my Google accounts. At that point, I made the initial login with my Google Apps account and secondary with my Google Account. I was unaware that Google+ was open on another tab. I tried to reshare something publicly, and was confused that it was saying Paralaus where it should be saying Public. Picking that options told me that only “People on Paralaus can find and view” my post. It was then that I realized I was able to use Google+ with my Google Apps account in a hybrid mode where I was not fully logged in but some elements were available; almost as a preview.

Right now, there’s no support for Buzz or Profiles in Google Apps, but that should change in the near future. Google’s John Costigan confirmed this: “We’re actively working on making Profiles (and Google+) available for Google Apps – it should be available in the coming months.”

Google+ is a very important project for Google, so it will improve rapidly and it will no longer require invitations. Some speculate that Google+ will be available for everyone at the end of the month.

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Why Google+ is like Rocky Balboa

Why Google+ is like Rocky Balboa

I loved Rocky movies when I was growing up so as a result I’m going to be referring to Google as Rocky Balboa in this post – if you’re not a Sylvester Stallone fan, please read something else now.

Back to boxing!

With the launch of this project, Google kind of reminds me of an undisputed heavyweight champion boxer, like Rocky Balboa. One that’s been in the ring for many years and which has been battling at keeping other fighters out of his ring for just as long.

The boxer that has been threatening Google – let’s call him Facebook for this analogy’s sake – is a very impressive (albeit sneaky) opponent that climbed up the WWW ranking unnoticed and gained a large following. Facebook is innovate and has been a pioneer in his division. For quite a while now, Google has been battered over some of his spectacular fails in the ring and at times it has seemed as if Facebook could eventually claim the heavyweight title.

But just as in the Rocky movies, Mr. Balboa was quite good at feigning weakness in the ring. He’d do this to study his opponents and give them a sense of power. But then, just as the opponent would think he had the competition wanting to throw in the towel, Rocky Balboa would hit them

I believe that this is what Google has done as they have had several years now to look at the major social networks – LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter – and monitor their growth and potential, has come back from the brink of defeat – like Mr. Balboa has done at least 5 times (Rocky I – V) if my memory serves me correctly – and is now letting loose with all the punches. They’re light little hooks and jabs right now but I feel like their is one big explosive punch tucked away in this heavyweight that could clinch the social title away…

Google has had a few years now to study and adapt today’s social networks strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Google hasn’t been sulking in the corner while licking its wounds that last few years – don’t be fooled. I don’t doubt for one nanosecond that what they’ve actually been doing is a sh*t load of analysis, deconstruction and re-engineering of its opponents services and has scrutinised every single piece of binary in their being!

Google is an old heavyweight that has klout. Via its large user footprint it already has a fantastically sized audience to provide this social layer to and even though the numbers are low in comparison to Facebook, I foresee exponential growth in their Google+ project.

What do you think is going to happen? Let’s watch this fight and see how it unfolds!

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What is the Google+ project?

Please tell us that you’ve heard of the Google+ ProjectIf you haven’t please tell us that you’re kidding!

If you don’t know what the Google+ Project is, well we can only describe it as probably the next greatest social network and service on the planet. Google formally announced this project yesterday which caused a mad frenzy across the interwebs.

Yes, we’re Google fans – so what?

Google are great at many of the things that they do but we have a feeling that thie Google+ project is going to tie in all of their existing applications and services in an aesthetically pleasing and innovative social network that is going to change the social media arena once again.

Let us know what you think…

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Google Takeout: Export your Google Data

Google Takeout is a great new feature/service included in Google+ that allows you to export your Google data. Google Takeout allows you to export all of your contacts, Google Buzz messages, Picasa Web photos and Google Profile data with just one click…

So I gave Google Takeout a quick test drive!

After logging in, you get the screen below – you have 3 options to select:  ”All of your data”, “Choose services” and “Downloads”.

Google Takeout: Export your Google Data

I decided to select which services I wanted to “Takeout”.

Google Takeout - Choose Services

I selected “Add all services” and then the dashboard displayed below appeared with stats about the data it found in my active Google profiles. I then clicked on CREATE ARCHIVE.

Google Takeout - All Services

I then clicked on the “Downloads” button and was presented with the screen below with a summary on what Google profile data had been successfully archived.

Google Takeout - Archive

Notice the red bar next to my main profile archive which I am positive failed because of all the current changes that must be taking place in the backend for the rollout of the Google+ project…

…which must be why I got the error message below when trying to checkout my Google Takeout!

Google Takout - 404 Your order has not been found!

Either way Google Takeout is a great feature and one which I am sure will come in very handy for millions…

via Pedro Da Silva

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