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Google+ Tips: Troll Protection and Circle Visibility

Google+ Tips: Troll Protection and Circle Visibility

You knew it was coming. Any time that there a lots of human beings online, someone is bound to act like a jerk. “Real names” policies are not a savior. +M Sinclair Stevens advises that we consider hiding the list of people we’ve circled from any eyes but those of people you’ve circled. This, unfortunately, reduces serendipity and is a barrier to those who are new to the network and/or who wish to expand their networks. If Twitter had … Read entire article »

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Google+, Facebook and Online Identity: The Problem With “Real Names” (And Why It Matters To You)

Google+, Facebook and Online Identity: The Problem With “Real Names” (And Why It Matters To You)

A long time ago, Lawrence Lessig wrote the book Code (1999). He argued, persuasively, that “code is law.” And “code”? It’s written, in the main, by profit-maximizing organizations. In 2003, Mark Zuckerburg launched the site that would become Facebook. You had to use a real email address and your real name. The site was, for all intents and purposes, a limited edition Match.com (which requires real names – “accurate” profile information). Content was not accessible via … Read entire article »

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Google Plus: On Circles and Facebook

Google Plus: On Circles and Facebook

There are lots of differences between Google+ and Facebook. One of those differences is circles versus friends. With Google+, it’s easy to set up “circles” to share information as well as to receive information. The lack of reciprocity makes Google+ more like Twitter than Facebook. But the ease of reading information shared by people in those circles makes it more like Facebook. Andreas Kluth (The Economist, +Andreas Kluth) explains how he sees the difference, using a clever … Read entire article »

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Circles …

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Circles …

Google’s +Yonatan Zunger has provided a detailed explanation of circles, outlining the granularity of the privacy controls built into Google+: * If you edit your profile and click on the set of people in your circles, you can control whether or not people can discover who is in your circles. Note that even if it’s public, this just lets people know “Bob is in your circles” – it never reveals which circle people are in. (So it’s … Read entire article »

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Google+ : Must Be 18 To Play In Field Trial

Google+ : Must Be 18 To Play In Field Trial

Google has upped the age limit on Google+ from 13 to 18 for the field trial, “until we’re confident that we have the right teen safety features in place.” Lots of teens have wondered about the age limit and how Google knows their age. The reason Google asks about ages is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, which defines “child” as someone younger than 13 years of age. There are restrictions on the kinds of … Read entire article »

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