5 Great Google+ Features

After all the begging and the waiting, I finally got an invitation to Google+ and frankly, I must say that I am very impressed with what they have done so far! And though many people are comparing Google+ to Facebook, I can already tell how different they are from the smallest details and features.

Google Plus

Google Plus

So, what are the features that make Google+ this attractive? And why is it being called the “social backbone” of the web these days?

  • Circles: Google has come up with the exclusive concept of circles — you can create a circle of contacts that are family, friends, work friends, former co-workers and so on. With these circles, you can define who gets to see what kind of updates. If you are a Facebook user, you will see that this features is still unavailable and rolling it out now is a bit too late!
  • Hangout: It is essentially group video chat done in a unique and different way; all you need to do is click on the Hangout button and invite members of a certain group by sending them a notification. Moreover, Google uses its own platform to perform this rather than a third party.

5 Great Facebook Contest Ideas

FYI : According to Facebook Promotions Guidelines all contests need to be administered through 3rd party apps.

Sometimes, all you need to increase the level of interaction on your Facebook Page is to sweeten the deal a bit with a little contest. This will not only give people a reason to keep on checking your page, but it will also increase the exposure of your brand and excite new brand fans of to join your page. Here are some contest ideas that you can refer to for inspiration.

The “Tag” Marketing

Simply post a picture of your product or your brand on a weekly or monthly bases and ask your fans to tag themselves in various parts of the picture for a chance to win either the items tagged or some other prize. IKEA was probably one of the first brands to leverage this technique effectively and it was a great hit with their fans.

Scavenger Hunt

While a scavenger hunt might be a bit more taxing on the contestants, its benefit is that it forces contestants to check your information a bit more in-depth. You can create a scavenger hunt on Facebook by laying out a trail of clues that might stretch over from your social media presence into your website or even Google maps. Buick is about to run another contest in their series of city focused scavenger hunts, which have been very successful in the past.

A Chicago Scavenger Hunt

Google’s “Dear Sophie” Bring Tears to Youtube

“The Web Is What You Make It” is Google’s new campaign for its Chrome browser.

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10 Tips to Make Your Content Unique, Fresh & Attractive!

Anyone can write, but not everyone can write for the web! Although this seems to be a given, you can still find web content which is weak, repetitive and even dull. Whatever your website is, I believe that there is always a way to keep your content fresh, unique and attractive and through research and [...]

Google Jumps in to Aid the Egyptians

Google Jumps in to Aid the Egyptians

A Voice From Egypt

People in Egypt today are hoping to organize a million man March, and the government has cracked down on all communications channels. They last internet server provider, the Noor Group, has went offline and there are talks about shutting mobile networks as well. A Voice From Egypt In a move that truly displays that there...

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What’s Up Google? Latest News & Changes

What’s Up Google? Latest News & Changes

Google is going through some major changes, mostly to the better, and everyone is excited about what's next in line! Therefore, I decided to dedicate this post to latest Google news that can change the way you deal with the internet in general and your view of Google in specific.

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Google Pretending to Care? — Two New Transparency Tools

Google Pretending to Care? — Two New Transparency Tools

The "Draw Mohammed Day" Block

Corporate Transparency and user information privacy are hot topic issues on the net, and with bigger and bigger services people are becoming more and more aware that their information is not solely accessible by those whom they decide to share their information with. Their information might be shared with hackers, nosy friends, and...

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HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0

HTML5 + Google Street View = Music Video 2.0

The Arcade Fire

The video starts by asking you to input your childhood home address after which it will pull images from Google Earth, and Google Street view and age them in order to incorporate them into their video giving the entire soundtrack a nostalgic feel.

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The Walled Gardens of the Internet

The Walled Gardens of the Internet

Is the Web at a Dead End?

It is one thing for Prince, or whatever name he is going by these days, to proclaim that “the internet is dead” and that “all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.” It is a completely different thing when a [...]

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What’s Next For Social Media? — Future of the Web

What’s Next For Social Media? — Future of the Web

When social networking started to go mainstream it seemed like it will go down the same path that search engine went after their juvenile phase. It seemed that Facebook will be the new Google of social networking and it will define what social media is and which direction it will head in. But the market of social networking sites...

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