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Category: Google

Understanding Google

Understanding Google

Ben Thompson about the strategy of Google and the importance of Chrome (and not Android).

Collaborative apps with Google drive API

Collaborative apps with Google drive API

Google Drive lets users create Docs, Sheets, and Slides, collaborate on them in real time, and have their changes saved automatically. With the new Google Drive Realtime API, you can now easily add some of the same real-time collaboration that powers Google Drive to your own apps. This new API handles network communication, storage, presence, conflict resolution, and other collaborative details so you can focus on building great apps.

Google+: Those who try it, like it (more than Facebook, apparently)

Google+: Those who try it, like it (more than Facebook, apparently): “

The internet’s favorite red-headed stepchild of social media, Google+, is getting some good news today: Americans like it, more than the social network that forever transformed the meaning of the English word ‘like.’

It seems that those who try it, like it.

At least, that’s what the statistics say. According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI),Google+ scored a 78 percent customer satisfaction rating. Facebook, on the other hand, languished below the rest of the social media competition at just 61%.

In a statement, the ACSI said that Facebook set ’a new record-low score for the Social Media category,’ and that the company place among the ‘five lowest-scoring companies of more than 230 measured.’

It’s a little oranges and apples, of course. Facebook is on a seemingly inexorable march to be the first billion-user network, while Google+ has perhaps a quarter of that, with 150 million of them active. It’s arguably easier to satisfy a smaller number of people.

One major advantage that Google+ continue to have over Facebook in terms of user satisfaction? No need to monetize.

As recently reported, Facebook is now testing up to 10 ads per page … a significant increase from the three to six it’s had recently. Google+, comfortably ensconced in a Google buoyed by the AdSense money machine, still remains delightfully unmonetized:

Source: John Koetsier

Facebook vs Google+

Of course, one could argue that internal ads for services like creating an event (see bottom right of the Google+ side) count. Still, the ad count is far below Facebook’s.

One other advantage for Google+: its audience is significantly more technical. So its users may be more used to constant change and updating online, whereas Facebook’s users famously complain whenever anything changes.

The ACSI agrees, saying, ’the most frequent complaints about Facebook are changes to its user interface, most recently the introduction of the Timeline feature.’

If, however, Google+ ever does become the network our mothers, fathers, and grandparents live on, expect the ratings to even out.

Image credit: Lucadp/ShutterStock

Filed under: mobile, social, VentureBeat

(Via VentureBeat.)

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Video by Epipheo about Google Wave. Part of Wave anyway.

OpenSocial by Google

Google has something new. It’s called OpenSocial and is regarded as an attack against Facebook. See my post earlier. OpenSocial is like Facebook open to developpers. See the NYT article for more information.

Google and Friends to Gang Up on Facebook
Published: October 31, 2007
An alliance of companies led by Google plans to roll out a common set of standards to allow developers to write programs for Google’s Orkut and other social networking Web sites.

Most interesting is the involvement of Salesforce.com and Oracle as partner in the Alliance. Is OpenSocial going to be part of the company’s CRM software? The companies allready have there own api’s. But with OpenSocial they are opening up themselfs, so to speak. Think of the endless posibities by openening up your CRM application to “other” social networks. Now you will be able to stay in touch with your clients all the time. And think of this. How about opening up the client of your clients?

Google’s Open Social

Here’s a very interesting article about Google’s Open Social by the guys from ZDNet.

Google’s OpenSocial: What it means by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Google’s open social networking platform play is the buzz of the blogosphere tonight. (see Techmeme). Indeed, it is called OpenSocial in that the set of APIs allows developers to create applications that work on any social network that joins Google’s open party. So far, besides Google’s Orkut social net, LinkedIn, hi5, XING, Friendster, Plaxo and […]