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Even with tweaks for musicians, Google+ Hangouts On Air have had sub-par layouts for presentations and performances; one-way stream from a band or teacher crops the view to a smaller size. As of a quick update to the social network, common sense prevails. 1way performances now default to occupying the full available display, multi-participant chats can go a similar way by using the app of Cameraman to push all but the 1st speaker to the background. It’s a simple change, but 1 that could make a big difference for those who just...

  Google’s social service has provided a venue for chatting and collaborating with family and friends, but it has not exactly been the best place to get to know strangers who happen to share similar interests. That seems to be the idea behind Communities — think of it as Facebook Groups, but within the Google ecosystem. Google+ Communities can be open to anyone on the network, but they can be private if you wish, so members have the opportunity to share photos, forum posts, and even add Hangouts and Events without worrying...

  Popular Science has given Google Now its “Innovation of the Year” award, putting it alongside past winners like the Large Hadron Collider, the Toyota Prius and the Mars Curiosity Rover. It’s august company to be sure, and the reasoning behind the decision is that it’s “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs.” The service has grown quite a bit since its initial launch — from personalized recommendations to public safety alerts and the addition of a pedometer, it seems...

  Google+ plus has add a new feature with participation of youtube that suggests watching the video with friends in a Google+ hangout. Goolge didn’t announce this formally about that new feature. Now you can hangout with friends on youtube video directly from youtube, Watch with your friends. :) Couple of days ago youtube live manager mentioned that future ability to hangouts from You Tube with live video streaming, and this is must be the first initiative of that. It’s been possible to watch videos with friends since the...

Google+ will be a long, difficult battle for the search giant. But converting brands pages to Google+ will be much easier if Google+ is able to solve advertisers’ biggest problems with Facebook, paid search inefficiencies and limited customization. Advertisement Companies can’t track post-click engagement of non-Facebook ads driving to Facebook, and that’s a huge disadvantage in qualifying traffic and uncovering valuable user insights. Without such information, we can only guess whether media dollars are being well spent. Google...

Looking to beef up its social media technology after the Google+ launch, Google has acquired social networking site Fridge. Fridge, which offered “simple personal networks that anyone can instantly create to share photos, messages and events with specific friends and groups,” according to its website, has joined Google, the company announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fridge launched last August with backing from Mitch Kapor, Naval Rakivant, Jim Young and other tech luminaries. The idea behind Fridge fits in well...

Google+ has hit 20 million unique visitors, 60% of whom are 18 to 25 years old and 63% of whom are male, according to comScore. Only 5 million of those users are from the U.S., according to the data. The next biggest audience for Google+ is in India, which is closing in on 3 million visitors. Austin, Texas, ranks highest in the U.S. for Google+ penetration. New York is the biggest market, but when comparing the number of users in the city to its large population, it doesn’t make the list of top indexing U.S. cities. A recent report...

Would you rather see your friends’ Google+ posts in your RSS reader? A handy new web app called Google Plus User Feed will let you do just that — and the setup’s a snap.   All you need is the Google+ user’s profile ID, the Google Plus User Feed URL and the RSS reader to add it to.   (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+...