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Game On at The Google+ Project

It’s official: friends and family can now get together at Google+ for two decades worth of board games. This new feature has been well promoted in Google’s blogs and YouTube Channel.


Review: Google+, An Empty Playground with a Sparse Landscape?

(the actual video will not look fuzzy…)

Google+ is still a boutique social media site when it comes to user numbers. Rich Jaroslovsky thinks that many people experimenting with Google+ will most likely continue using Facebook or retain back to Facebook use exclusively.

Jaroslovsky points out five key points that differentiate Google+ positively from Facebook:
+ Manage connections with circles
+ Decide how much information to share with each circle
+ Follow people just like in Twitter
+ Hangouts: multi-person video chat rooms
+ Integrated Google’s other services that feel like extensions of Google+

Do you think these five features are strong enough to make social media users to leave Facebook and start using Google+?


Information Urgency: Search for TurboTax Up by 450% in the Google Search Engine

Instant information is badly needed when it comes to filing taxes within a deadline. The official Google Blog reports today (April 17, 2011) that the search term for TurboTax has gone up by 450% since mid-January. And not surprising, the search term for Tax Extension has also gotten up. Click here to view the full statistics on tax terminology searches.