Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The mystery of the black menu bar at the top of your Google searches this morning is solved. Apparently, it's part of gearing up for Google's latest assault on the social networking scene.
Facebook's latest competitor is alive, and it's called Google+.
Although Google+ has officially launched - its web site says so - you can't actually try it yet. More accurately, you may be able to. Or you may not.
Recent, survey tells us that there is an increase in Facebook account being deactivated in U.S. Our main concern is just like Facebook killed Orkut, Will Google+ kill Facebook?

Main Features
Google+ Circles helps you: organize everyone according to your real-life social connections--say, 'family,' 'work friends,' 'music buddies,' and 'alumni'. Then, you can share relevant content with the right people, and follow content posted by people you find interesting.

Hangouts lets you: Chill with friends that are scrolling through the web, just like you!, Use live video chat that puts you in the same room together!, Coordinate plans, whether it's working on a project or meeting up for coffee, Maybe you’re bored. Start a hangout, invite your circles, see who’s around!

Instant Upload lets you: Create a new post from the stream or the Google+ bar. Upload photos from your Google+ Photos homepage or from the Photos tab on your Google profile. Share directly from your mobile device.

Sparks brings you: stories on the things you love from all across the Web, so it's easy to strike up meaningful conversations with your friends. When you first arrive in Sparks, you'll see a collection of featured interests. If nothing strikes your fancy, search for a different interest.

Huddle:
Texting is great, but not when you’re trying to get six different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you.

Nevertheless, if you're interested in Google+, you should probably start getting ready now for its public launch by reading (or re-reading) Google's policies on privacy. There are several.

Then there's the Google Privacy Policy. But that's just the start, because Google+ has its own brand-new T&Cs to peruse, too. There's the Google+ Privacy Policy, the User Content and Conduct policy, and the Google +1 Button Privacy Policy.

And if you want to access Plus from a mobile device, there's also the Mobile Privacy Policy.
You'd better read the Picasa Privacy Notice, too, in case you ever upload a photo. And that is supposed to happen automatically and instantly every time you snap a picture on your phone. Actually, to save searching time, you can use the Google Privacy Center to dig into all 37 of of Google's privacy policies, from +1 (like Like, it really means Recommend) through to YouTube.

Anyway, happy privacy policy reading.
The good news is that you've still got time to give feedback on any of the Google+ terms and conditions which you find unpalatable. Google has listened before - for example, when its early T&Cs claimed intellectual property rights over everything you uploaded.

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