GOOGLE is introducing a new feature to Google+’s photo app, which now makes it a bit easier to quickly tag your friends. It’s called ‘Find My Face’, and while the name leads me to recall scenes in the classic Nic Cage/John Travolta film Face/Off, it’s a feature that plenty of users will find handy.
It’s pretty straightforward: opt into Find My Face, and the next time one of your friends uploads a photo that you’re in, they’ll see your name as a suggested tag. It’s very similar to the semi-automated facial tagging that Facebook launched earlier this year, though with one key difference: unlike Facebook’s feature, which automatically opted users in, Google is asking for explicit permission before it turns it on.
Of course, the fact that the feature is opt-in means that fewer people are going to be using it. Google+ will be presenting a dialog to users the next time they visit any photo on Google+, and I’m guessing that they’ll continue to present similar reminders over the coming months for any users who haven’t chosen either to explicitly opt-in, or indicated that they don’t want to. The option will show up in this settings page.
Google’s history with facial recognition is interesting — Eric Schmidt, who at the time was the company’s CEO, previously disclosed that facial recognition was the only piece of software Google had ever held back, over concerns around privacy and potential for abuse. Because this feature is opt-in, though, and is only available to people who you know (either on Google+, or its other services like GChat), the potential for abuse is minimal.
GOOGLE released the “+1” button in June. This button is on over one Million sites, and currently has over four million daily views. Now the folks over at Google is doing much more with that simple “+1” button.
The first of the two new additions to the “+1” button is the ability to share with your circles. Sometimes you want to share something with certain groups of friends. So beginning today, they are making it easy for Google+ users to share webpages with their circles, directly from the +1 button. All you have to do is +1 a page as usual, and look for the new “Share on Google+” option. From there you can comment, and choose a circle and share.
The second of the two features is called “+Snippets”. When you share content from the +1 button, you’ll notice that a link is automatically included with some other stuff in the share box. It is called “+snippets”.
Of course: publishers can benefit from +snippets as well. With just a few changes to their webpages, publishers can actually customize their +snippets and encourage more sharing of their content on Google+. More details about this are available on the Google Webmaster blog.
FACEBOOK and Skype are now joining forces. Soon you will be able video call right within your facebook browser window. This happened just a little bit after Google announced “Google Plus”
Just as Google’s next big thing ‘Google Plus’ is all set to launch, Facebook and Skype are about to strike a deal that would bring the video chatting service to the social networking site. With Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promising an “awesome” new feature on July 6, Skype, which was recently purchased by Microsoft for a whopping USD 8.5 billion, could become a fixture on the world’s largest social network. The beta version of Google’s social network, Google Plus, debuted last week to rave reviews, especially for its +Hangouts feature that allows for multi-user video chat.
The new collaboration – which positions Facebook more closely with shareholder Microsoft, who is finalizing an $8.5 billion aquisition of Skype – would reportedly see “deep integration” between the two services. Citing an insider source, Techcrunch announced the news, describing the powered-by-Skype Facebook video chat:
“The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it’s clear that there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.”
Official word will come on Wednesday, with Facebook holding an event at its Palo Alto headquarters.
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THIS post is entirely of videos created by Google about ‘Google+’. I have made reference to in my other posts.