Google+ Auto Awesome is Vine + Instagram x Awesome

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Photo Credit: Shaker Cherukuri At Google I/O in May, 2013, Google unveiled a new feature for Google+ (later integrated into Google Drive, as well): Auto Awesome Pictures.  Auto Awesome harnesses the power of machine intelligence and big data to automatically enhance and apply effects to your photos.  Beginning with automatic photo quality enhancements and automatic… Continue reading Google+ Auto Awesome is Vine + Instagram x Awesome

The Hitmen of Google+

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  In the event you’re living on some alien world without YouTube and don’t already know about it, YouTube comments are now powered by Google+.  Your Google+ connections and influence now affect how YouTube comments are surfaced for all users, and you have to use Google+ to comment on YouTube videos.  In addition, they’ve introduced… Continue reading The Hitmen of Google+

YouTube Comments Will No Longer Suck (Courtesy of Google+)

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Let’s be honest, when one thinks of YouTube comments, it’s rarely flattering.  Racism, sexism, bigotries of all shades and stripes, mangling of the English (and probably every other) language, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam and irrelevant nonsense have become its defining features, and to date Google has done very little to remedy this, except to… Continue reading YouTube Comments Will No Longer Suck (Courtesy of Google+)

Why I Love Google+ Comments for Blogger

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Yesterday I posted my thoughts about the new Google+ Commenting System for Blogger, which has potential benefits and potential drawbacks.  As of writing it, I hadn’t really had a chance to test the system on my own blog.  As it happened, that same blog post was my first chance to really use it for myself… Continue reading Why I Love Google+ Comments for Blogger

The Nexus 7 Proves Google+’s Value

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Google+ has faced a lot of skepticism, and an uphill battle, to compete in the social network space.  Record growth rates weren’t enough to avoid the “ghost town” meme, although there seem to be fewer voices all the time proclaiming its impending doom and more admitting it’s a success in its own right. Nonetheless,… Continue reading The Nexus 7 Proves Google+’s Value

The New Google+ App Could Be Revolutionary

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  Discuss on Google+ I’ve had some time to live with the new Google+ Android app by now.  iPhone owners will already be accustomed to the new layout, and new users may never know the difference between the new Google+ app and the old one.  For existing users, however, the change can be jarring. The… Continue reading The New Google+ App Could Be Revolutionary

Social Wars: The Phantom (Account) Menace

Published on Author Eli Fennell

  The “Ghosts” of Google+ Are Heeeere… Well, Sort Of Discuss on Google+ In March, 2012 Engadget reported on a Google patent application (http://goo.gl/d4IuH) for a, “system and method for generating a ghost profile for a social network.” In principle what this would allow anti-social network types to follow the online social activities of other… Continue reading Social Wars: The Phantom (Account) Menace

Is the Tech Media Deliberately Not “Getting” Google+?

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Discuss on Google+ Let me preface this by saying there are, in fact, many people in the tech media who do get Google+.  Yet, despite their efforts to explain it to their cohorts, many in the tech media still aren’t getting it and, when forced to “get it”, will still find ways to prove that… Continue reading Is the Tech Media Deliberately Not “Getting” Google+?

Google+ and YouTube: The Future of Social Television is Now

Published on Author Eli Fennell

Discuss This On Google+ I have beheld the future of television, and it is not a television, it is not a bunch of competing apps, it is not a service dedicated to re-airing broadcast shows on the internet.  In fact, it is not television at all, not in the classic sense.  It is social video,… Continue reading Google+ and YouTube: The Future of Social Television is Now

Why Google+ Should Marry Twitter

Published on Author Eli Fennell

The market has forced its shotgun wedding on Facebook and Instagram.  Facebook, Twitter, and possible Google may have been a bidding rivals, but no one else thought it was worth a billion to them.  Facebook has a line of credit to blow on acquisitions, and they’re on pace to blow the whole wad, in the… Continue reading Why Google+ Should Marry Twitter