Tag Archives: Social

HTC Status review

Introduction: HTC’s Status is “the Facebook phone,” previously known as the ChaCha. It was released in America by AT&T on July 17th for $399.99 outright and $49.99 on a two-year contract with a minimum data feature of $15. The contract price and lowered data requirement make the Status a bargain entry for a new Android phone, and happens to ship with… Read more

Google+ invites open again…for now

Dave Besbris, Engineering Director of Google+, announced today that Google has opened the social network’s invite system once again in what will undoubtedly be a successful effort to double the field test user base. Numbers regarding the current and target memberships were withheld. Invites will be throttled, so dropping in long lists of random… Read more

Google eliminating private profiles

Those of you waiting impatiently for Google+ to go public should be happy to know that all (old) Google profiles must be made public by July 31st. Profile pages that are not made public will simply be deleted at the end of the month. “Public” doesn’t mean you have to share every little detail about yourself with the world, but name and gender are… Read more

Looking for new people to follow on Google+?

I know that a lot of you–ok, most of you–are still wondering when Google will send you that notification email that Google+ is finally ready for you to join, or when, if ever, that invite you’ve already been sent will work. (Don’t feel bad, aside from making sure that big names like Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Rose are feeling out the new social site,… Read more

Google+ app for iOS on its way

Erica Joy of Google posted on Google+ today indicating that a dedicated Google+ application has been submitted to the Apple App Store for approval. The mobile site version of the social network is up and running for users who just can’t wait for the official application. It isn’t clear if the iOS software will accomodate phone and tablet modes. The… Read more

Google+ updates address bugs, mobile use, friendliness

In addition to the tip/guidance pop-ups that will be hitting Google+ this weekend in order to make the social site more navigable for new users, Google is working steadily behind the scenes to iron out bugs, improve usability and ensure compatibility across mobile devices. A Streak user from my + Stream was having problems with the mobile app… Read more

Gmail gets a makeover

If you’ve been using Google+, you already know that the black bar now found at the top of most Google properties is designed to draw you back into the social service, whether by enticing you to go back to the Stream page or simply via clean notifications that you can interact with, in place. Those of you not using + are probably wondering what the heck… Read more

Google+ Games: Facebook revisited?

One of the aspects of Google+ that I found refreshing after relying on Facebook as my primary social site for a couple of years, was Google’s simple, clean take on sharing and following. Specifically, the lack of game invites and goofy trivia surveys in the Google+ Stream. But according to some Google+ code discovered by Engadget, games and possibly surveys… Read more