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Carnival of Journalism: Google+

Carnival of Journalism: Google+

I picked the topic of this month’s Carnival of Journalism, Google+. For our August carnival, I’d like to talk about Google+ from a journalist (not necessarily news organization) perspective, from a big picture (privacy or open web) or smaller picture (how to manage scale issues with comments) perspective. What does Google+ mean for journalists, today and tomorrow? In the intervening month since I pitched the topic, the bloom has faded from the rose a quite bit for me … Read entire article »

Filed under: Analysis

The Double Bind of Oppression

The Double Bind of Oppression

This is part 5 in my series on Google+ and diversity Ever since it launched, I’ve spent most of my online time on Google+, and so far am very impressed from both the software engineering and business strategy perspectives. I think it’s on track to be a big success, so expect me to be talking about it a lot. – me, in A work in progress, July 16 Google+’s first few weeks were incredibly exciting. It was social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Analysis, Controversy

Features: G+ Adds “Ignore” Button

Features: G+ Adds “Ignore” Button

If blocking someone who has added you to a circle seems like too harsh an action, Google has added the option of “ignoring” them. (In neither case does Google alert the other person of your action.) From the Google+ Help document: When you ignore a person: They’ll be removed from the list of ‘People who have added you.’ New content will no longer be delivered to your Incoming stream, and content they’ve already shared will be removed from Incoming. Their mentions of … Read entire article »

Filed under: G+ Features, Tips

What “Block” Really Does

What “Block” Really Does

It’s easy enough to block people who are annoying you on Google+ … but what happens as a result?  +Kee Hinckley does the detective work. This is what Google says that Block does: You will no longer see this person’s content in your stream. This person won’t be able to comment on your content. This person will be removed from your circles. This person will still be able to see your public posts.   This is what Block actually does. You will no … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guest Voices, Tips

Notifications Alert: Know When Your Friends Have Joined

Notifications Alert: Know When Your Friends Have Joined

Taking a page from FourSquare and Facebook, Google+ notifications team will now alert you when someone you have invited has actually joined Google+. Here’s Zach Yeskel on the announcement: Starting today, you’ll get a notification in your Google bar if someone you’ve invited joins Google+ (check out the screenshot below). Add them to your circles and give ‘em a warm welcome! … Read entire article »

Filed under: G+ Features

Work-Around: How To Set Up RSS Feeds For Google+

Work-Around: How To Set Up RSS Feeds For Google+

Google+ doesn’t have RSS feeds, a technology that arguably is the foundation for much of what we think of as Web 2.0. (Thank you, Dave Winer!) But that doesn’t mean that you can’t read public posts in Google Reader; it just means you have to work at it! Step 1. Find Google+ User ID To set up an RSS feed, for yourself or for someone whose public feed you’d like to follow, you need the Google+ identifier. This … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tips