A Trojan horse named Chrome

A Trojan horse named Chrome

There has been a lot of talk over the weekend about recent changes to Chrome running in Windows 8.  The changes can functionally make any windows 8 computer into a ChromeOS style computer.  I wasn’t very surprised by this.  Its just the next move in Google’s plan to make it easy for the end user to use the services that a typical chrome user would use, namely Google’s services.

Google doesn’t care what how you access the internet.  It encourages the consumer by providing online services that replace offline programs or current alternatives.  Search was the first offering and provided results unparalleled by any other vender.  Gmail was the next, then maps, news, calendars, reader, docs, Chrome,  Android, buzz, Google+, ChromeOS, and fiber.  Some services flopped and some succeeded but all all had the same goal in mind.  To give the consumers the best tools to easily use the internet and keep them online.  Google services are among the best on the web, mobile and desktop.

The real genius of Google is that their services aren’t tied to a desktop or mobile operating systems.  They simply give you the tools to access the internet and they do it with an “available everywhere” approach.
This “available everywhere” approach could lead to a jumbled mess of half baked and often neglected applications.  Netflix on smart TVs or one of the million streaming boxes is a great example of this.  Google response is Chrome.  Its is available on the majority of platforms, Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android.  It has succeeded, in my mind, because it provides a unified experience across every device.  In addition, it is more secure and faster than other browsers and it updates itself, across all platforms simultaneously, in the background with no interaction.  It’s the same browser no matter the device and no matter where you are.

The features Chrome offers allow developers create web applications that will run on any OS on any kind of a device.  End users can access those web applications and their data without the worry of compatibility or misplaced files.

All of this is accomplished without ever using a login.  Chrome is more than a browser or an OS, its a unified powerful platform.

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G+ Posts to a community vs Public

First I’m going to shamelessly share this of mine post here.

No i’m going to go into some deep thoughts.  When you post to a community that post lives only in the community.   I’ve tested a few things in an incognito window like trying the direct link, searching for keywords, and looking at the authors profile.  In all instances I could see the post that was only posted to a community.

The one instance where I couldn’t find it was if the author was in a circle of mine, but posted to a community I didn’t belong to.  it didn’t show up in my timeline.  If i didn’t know about it and look for it I would never see it.

I understand the thoughts behind this.  It allows an author to post about a specific topic to a very specific audience.  Where this falls short is if what if I wanna share it with publicly and to a community?

Currently I have to choose.  Public/circles or to one community.  What if i wanna post to 2 communities?  The post I’m sharing is a great example I believe the content would be well received in this community, the one it was originally posted to, and publicly but i had to choose one.  After that choice I have a few options.  I can share my post, which feels kinda self promoting.  I could copy and paste the entire post, which is a lot work that doesn’t need to be done.  I could hope that someone else shares the post, aka blind luck.

None of the options seem like a good “google” solution.

Why can’t I post to multiple communities or publicly and to communities.  The first thing thats comes to mind it it would be a great avenue for spammers.  One post to several communities puts the spam in front of the eyeballs of millions of plusers.

So whats the best solution?

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Tools to use share Google+ content.

Tools to use share Google+ content.

+Mike Elgan was kind enough to share how he uses and distributes his google+ content to other networks, so I thought
I would share my solution as well.  

First I get a RSS feed of my public and community posts via http://gplus-to-rss.appspot.com/ which is managed by +Fabien Baligand.  Its a simple open source service and Fabien has taken added one thing I really wanted just recently.  The first line in your Google+ post is defined as the Title in the RSS feed.  

Once I have my RSS feed I go over to https://ifttt.com and setup a facebook https://ifttt.com/recipes/121461 , twitter https://ifttt.com/recipes/121463 , and wordpress https://ifttt.com/recipes/121464 recipes.    

I have the twitter and facebook recipe posts the RSS entry title and a linkback to Google+, and the wordpress posts the RSS entry title and the entry content (with pictures!) as well a a link back. 

Its takes about 20-30 minutes to have everything process but it works well.

I'll put all the links in this post when they go through so you can see how this post looks on all the platforms.  


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Google+, taking over the social world

Google+, taking over the social world

I'm listening to Twig 218 (http://twit.tv/show/this-week-in-google/218) and +Mike Elgan is talking about the awesome-ness that is google+.  The panel has discussed what is going to drive people to use google+ over another network like facebook or twitter and I'd like to share a recent experience to demonstrate the shifting tides.

My daycare has always sent pictures of my daughter to us via email.  this had its ups and downs.  They were limited in the amount of images and usually sent low res. They knew exactly who was getting the images, which was the biggest concern.  

Then a couple weeks ago, I got an email saying they will be sharing school photos on Google+.  The reasons for the changes were:

In many ways Google+ is very similar to Facebook, however it is designed to maintain the privacy of your personal information in a way that Facebook is not. G+ also allows users to customize the visibility of each and every post, document and photo shared.  G+ will allow BCLC to expand the information available to parents online including forms, snack menus, videos and more.  G+ has outstanding photo quality with the ability for parents to download photos that have been shared with them from the site.

Later that day a spread of photos showed up in my feed.  The previous emails had ~8 low res photos, the post had 102 high res photos.  

I thought my daycare progressive and unique for using Google+.   I was wrong.  Later that week a coworker (not a gmail user) called me over to look at a picture of her child at daycare, shared to her via Google+.  

The juggernaut is moving.


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