Google+ After 12 Months…Numbers look Good, what do you Think?

Google+ started last year just like that and everybody asks why another social network, What was Google thinking going into Social Networking, What, How , Why? Well, 12 months later it appears that it is now the third largest social network in the English speaking world behind Twitter and of course Facebook. In the English Speaking world i say because in Asia, the like of Sina and Baidu have crazy user rate of about 300M+.

However, with the growing stats and the present failings of facebook, Should we assume that it is now possible that Google+ will be knocking on Facebook’s door within a couple years? Well that depends on the future anyways. But the present 2 to 3 years promises to be Mobile + Tablet years where Google will have an edge with Android and its new Google Nexus, I dare say Google will pick an edge in a way sooner or later.

So what is Google+ achievement over the past 12 months, Stats say Google+ has reached an amazing 250M+ Users including me…The actual numbers that Google+ has just announced at the I/O conference is that in just one year it has grown from zero to 250 million plus users. now that is huge, with a 50% growth in 3 years, G+ may be stricking 800M users that is of course if the social network is still the way we live.

What are some of the other facts, figures and statistics that are worth noting.

  • 150 million monthly users
  • 75 million daily users
  • Google+ active users spend over 60 minutes a day across Google products
  • Google+ users spend on average 12 minutes per day in the Google+ (that is 360 minutes per month which compares very favorably to Facebooks 441 minutes per month)

So what to do you think? Do you think Google+ really as a shot or its just really another Social Network?

Is it easy to use or just a 2nd social network you remember to keep an account on?

Do you enjoy G+ features like the Circles, Hangouts and Events and really think G+ has a shot?

What do you think of Google+ shot at being #1?

Facebook Like Button, Yes Its Time for Facebook Want Button

A developer has claimed that he has discovered a new wording in Facebook’s code, which indicated that the social network could be readying a “Want” button. The developer, Tom Waddington, said the button’s code appeared in Facebook’s Javascript SDK as a tag that reads “,”

and he has somehow gotten it to show up on his website, although it’s still a work in progress.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the button looks like Facebook’s Like button and all its other buttons, in that it has blue wording on top of a light blue bubble, but it also includes an icon with a plus button, based on the one on Waddington’s website.

If a user clicks on it now, it’ll say the user’s name followed by “wants this.” However, it’ll also give the user a very red “Error” message, the paper said.

A Want button is also predicted be helpful for Facebook in as it could allow the social network to differentiate between what a user would like, which could be both items he/she already have as well as those they are looking to get. However, the button does not show up among Facebook’s listed buttons.

I see this idea looking more to what PinInterest does, You Pin says you like it or want it, Now you want it on Facebook tells the Advertisers what to market to you. Do you think Facebook will by PinIterest?

Facebook throws Chat to Desktop with its Desktop Mesenger

Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users’ computers. That was what i saw when i fired up my Facebook page. Asking if i might spend more time using Facebook if you didn’t have to leave a browser window open – Yes i think so. However, Many people should have this already as the messenger was launched around march this year but was re-pushed to users again after the email address change last week. Lets just say, Facebook needs to get you on 24 hours of the day.

To download and get more info on Facebook Messenger for Desktop, Visit http://www.facebook.com/about/messenger/

See and respond to chats right from your desktop. Whether you’re browsing other websites or using another app, you don’t have to click away to stay connected.

The app lets you “chat with friends without opening Facebook,” according to Facebook’s message introducing the app.

The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users.

The app opens up two windows. One is a tall vertical window very similar to AIM’s “Buddy List.” It shows you who is online as well as Facebook’s live feed, so you can see what your friends are commenting, posting and liking. That window also shows you any friend requests, messages or notifications you may have.

The second window is for chatting. Besides showing you tabs for current conversations you may have going on, this window is pretty simple.

Top 10 Facebook Apps for June 2012: TripAdvisor Appears as Top Gainer

Apps popularity change over time and this time its the summer time changing the App popularity again, My favourite travel website happens to jump up the Top gainers for the week and month on facebook and i guess i didnt have to bother much about why – C’mon its summer time and people are looking for where best to go at a time like this for there vacation.

Over June, the TripAdvisor has increased its Monthly Active Users (MAU) by over 67 percent. It now has 31 million MAU, moving it up to fourth on AppData’s Facebook Apps Leaderboard – just above the ever-popular MyCalendar birthday app and Zynga’s top ‘Ville game CityVille. What makes it even more intriguing is that in May, according to InsideFacebook  TripAdvisor experienced “a steady decline.”

TripAdvisor released its first Facebook app back in June 2007, called “Cities I’ve Visited.” This is the very same app that now attracts 31 million monthly active users, although now it’s simply called TripAdvisor (a separate app called Cities I’ve Visited still shows up in Facebook’s search, but it re-directs to the TripAdvisor app). TripAdvisor integrates onto your Facebook Timeline and automatically shares your activity.

Some people say the jump on TripAdvisor is due to its new Advertising concept via Facebook and others buh i say even that is timely because its summer and what do people want right now than to travel?

Want to get the daily and monthly Active Users on your Facebook App or any other App, Go to AppData today.

How to Make Facebook Display your Real Email on the TimeLine

Facebook told The Wall Street Journal that, in hindsight, it probably should have done a better job of explaining its email switchover that left users with an @facebook.com email address as the default contact on their profiles. But it’s still up to users to switch their addresses back to their preferred address of choice. Here’s how to change your profile to show the email address you want to show to friends, not the address Facebook thinks you should be showing.

How to Remove Your @facebook.com Email From Your Profile TimelIne

Fortunately, the manual switch is an easy one:

  1. Go to your Timeline and click “About.”
  2. Scroll down to the Contact Info and click “Edit.”
  3. Use the drop-down menu next to the @facebook.com email address to change it to “Hidden From Timeline.”
  4. Reverse the procedure for the email address you want to display on your Timeline, using the drop-down menu to highlight “Shown On Timeline.”

I guess its safe to say to stay alert on Facebook for changes

Now you can finally Edit your Facebook Comments

Before, Facebook only gave you a few seconds to make an edit, which resulted in moments of panic before you either had to delete a comment or just live with it. On Thursday night, that all changed when Facebook decided to let users edit comments.

We’ve all typed things on Facebook that we regret. Over-the-top angry responses to shared political articles. Weirdly inappropriate comments under a friend’s photo. Typo-ridden exclamations under a big announcement.

Some people have had access to this feature in small batches, but report that they had only 30 seconds to make an edit. You can go back and edit your comments any time, even all of your historic comments on existing status messages and the like. That’s pretty awesome.

In addition, Facebook will be showing the edit history for a comment, so that everyone else that comes along can have the full context of the conversation.

This feature is particularly important because a lot of publications have started using Facebook’s commenting system, and it’s a feature that most other commenting systems already have.

 The Next Web

Most Visited Websites World Map

This world map represents the most popular websites by country. No big surprises here as Google reigns supreme in most parts of the world followed by Facebook. Yahoo is still the most visited website in Japan and Congo while Baidu is the Google of China in every sense.

The data was arrived from the Alexa rankings of websites per country but there are other ways to estimate traffic ranks and they should paint a similar picture. A larger version of the map is available at The Atlantic

Nice markup from Digital Inspiration

No doubt that Google is still leading thanks to search, A question brews anyway, what if facebook enters the search engine business, would it be a threat to Google?

Just Saying …

The Outernet is still Out there if you ever get tired of D Internet

I read this post from Richard Darell and cannot but want to write about it or not want to share it. If you have been using the Internet since it became popular sometime during the late ’80s or the beginning of the ’90s, you know that it has changed significantly since then. Our entire society revolves around it now, and seemingly every technology company is putting some effort into converting their products into online gadgets. It doesn’t matter if it is a toaster or the latest smartphone, they are all being modified with each model, and it won’t be long before you can’t even buy a gadget or appliance without having to plug it into the Internet. The Internet has become so popular that we now spend more time online than we spend outside in the real world. That means that we’re actually online even when we’re outside.
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Is Facebook Buying Opera Browser?

Well they call it a rumour but this rumours are always true, the new one “is about a potential Facebook acquisition of Norwegian browser company Opera” .The move – which would no doubt send shivers of panic through Google – although unlikely to affect Chrome’s continued growth in the short term, would see the two tech giants battle it out on your desktop and mobile for web surfing as well as social networking.

It’s interesting to note that it seems that “web browsers”  lately have become the new status symbol for major web companies, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Yahoo all offering it’s own take on them. A mobile browser component would compliment the mythical “Facebook Phone” rumored to be in development completing all the required components needed to launch it’s own phone platform. If the rumor turns out to be true, we may be about to see the emergence of yet another browser war. This time embedded with all your social information. A scary thought for some, but a necessary one.
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What is your Worth to Facebook?

Facebook is a big company thanks to its 900 Million users and its proposed 100+ Billion IPO but have you ever asked how much you are worth to Facebook?

Thanks to online privacy company Abine, we now have a simple tool by which we can calculate our monetary value to Facebook in U.S dollars anyway.

To illustrate the potential for Facebook to lose sight of the importance of the individual (and his or her privacy) amidst the pressure to maintain its ridiculously high valuation/metrics, Abine has created a quiz called the “Val-You Calculator,” which, based on your answers to seven questions, determines the dollar value you represent as a user.

Find your Facebook Worth Here

These questions ask you where you live (most of Facebook’s ad revenue comes from North American companies), how many friends you have, whether or not you play Zynga games, for example, all in an effort to demonstrate that your personal data comes with an implicit dollar-value.

Unfortunately, I was only worth $5 (see image above) to Facebook. Clearly, I’m not a good customer. What about you?