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Gender ratios on G+: How do you see the trend?

Gender ratios on G+: How do you see the trend?

Sarah Kessler’s article on Mashable has the details, along with some good context about gender ratios on other social networks. Social Statistics and Find People on Plus both report that G+ is 68%, down from 87% right after they launched and 74% in mid-July. Take the statistics with a grain of salt — back in July, Paul Allen made some excellent points about Social Statistics and Find People on Plus’ methodology. With the majority of the … Read entire article »

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Google+ traffic down 60%! Or up 480%! Or maybe flat!

Google+ traffic down 60%!  Or up 480%!   Or maybe flat!

There are a lot of stories floating around about how Google+ traffic is either plunging or soaring.  As far as I can tell, they all stem from a report by Gabe Donnini of Chitika called Failure to Launch: Google+ Growth Spurt Short Lived The data shows that, on the day of its public debut, Google+ traffic skyrocketed to peak levels. But, soon after, traffic fell by over 60% as it returned to its normal, underwhelming state. … Read entire article »

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The Trend is in the Wrong Direction: Reflections on the Field Trial (part 10 of Diversity and Google+)

The Trend is in the Wrong Direction: Reflections on the Field Trial (part 10 of Diversity and Google+)

For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. – Vic Gundotra, Google+: 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99… 100.9/20/2011 Many aspects of Google+’s field trial went extremely well. Hangouts are clearly G+’s “killer app”.* … Read entire article »

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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 »

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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 »

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Google+ and Non-Profits

Google+ and Non-Profits

We still don’t know when organizations and businesses will have accounts on Google+, but that doesn’t mean that thought leaders are twiddling their thumbs. Ivan Boothe talked about the potential for using Google+ for social change at the Philadelphia NetSquared meeting on August 2, 2011. He provided an overview of the similarities and differences between Twitter and Facebook. The circles concept makes it easy to segment audiences in order to provide customized messages, not unlike email … Read entire article »

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