Google+’s Real Name Rules Are “Abuse Of Power”: A Microsoft Researcher

A Microsoft researcher by the name of Dana Boyd openly criticized the “Real Name” policy of Google+ calling it an “abuse of power” by the tech giant. This news comes amidst the so called “bogus patents” feud between Google and Microsoft.

According to the “real name” policy of Google+, users cannot use pseudonyms or nicknames in their profiles. Earlier, Google+ used to delete the accounts which were found to violate this policy but now a days it has started giving the users a chance to provide their real name if they don’t want their account suspended.

Dana Boyd said that,” ‘Real names’ policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.” She stated that the people who use pseudonyms are the ones who are most marginalized by power structures.

Though the statement of Dana Boyd is genuine but it has come at a time when Microsoft and Google are playing the “blame game” openly.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also rumored to launch its social platform in the coming months. Hence this statement though not of Microsoft, is being seen as a declaration of social war.

We think that this “Real Names” policy is rubbish and there is no need of such kind of dumb “policies” especially on a leading social network.

Do you agree with Dana Boyd or support this “policy” of Google+?

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Twitter’s Worth Reaches $8.4 Billion After Funding

The micro blogging giant has become a $8.4 billion company due to a “significant” round of funding from companies worldwide. Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian firm known for its investment in various social networking sites has contributed a “generous amount” to Twitter.

Officially, no financial details were disclosed but if insider claims are taken into account, the San Francisco based social networking giant raised nearly $800 million which was rounded to $8.4 billion after the deal.

It was also said that Twitter will take 50% of this investment and the rest will be spent for buying the shares of the existing share holders.

Twitter has nearly 600 employees and seeing the success rate of this social network, we won’t be surprised if we see more investments like this in future.

After the launch of Google+, Facebook’s competition with Twitter was sort of finished. As Facebook and Google+ are fighting continuously for the crown of best social network, Twitter played a smart game by staying out of their fight.

Though Twitter is not big as both Facebook and Google, still its growth rate shows that it could beat them in a couple of years if it keeps on growing at a fast pace.

Will Twitter introduce some new features if it keeps on securing huge investments like this?

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Google Introduces Better Search Experience For Tablets

In order to provide tablet users with a better search experience, Google has optimized its interface. This move has been made mainly to attract iPad and Android based tablet users.

This new feature has come after a series of changes that Google was adding to its other web based services like Gmail and Google+. The new design is a basic one and no extra feature has been added.

The main thing that Google has done here is to provide users with an easy to use interface by which they can access their content more easily.

It was always a little bit of trouble for touch device users to explore the content using Google as the search button earlier was small.

The redesign solves this problem as it has a larger search button with more white space and exclusive visual styles all of which are user friendly.

Google is doing its best to beat its competitors in the user interface field. Recently, it was complained that the user interface of Google+ is not as good as that of Facebook.

We seriously hope that Google keeps on improving its existing features so as to provide its users with the best.

Let us know your views about this new interface.

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Facebook To Reward Security Experts For Reporting Bugs

The social networking giant has begun offering a certain amount of bounty to security experts who will find bugs in the social network and report it to the Facebook administration. The basic bounty for “certain qualifying” bugs has been set to $500.

This is the first time ever that any social networking site is going to pay its active users in return of their services. This feature is also seen by many experts as a way to counter the popularity of Google+.

The Palo Alto based company said that,”Our security team will assess each bug to determine if qualifies”. Furthermore it stated that the bounty of $500 is a base price and it can be increased if the vulnerability reported is big.

It is worth noting that Facebook is desperately trying to improve its security features as its arch nemesis Google+ openly boasts about its tight security.

Facebook recently hired George Hotz, who was sued by Sony Corp. for “degrading its product”. He hacked the PlayStation 3 and is the first person in the history to jailbreak the iPhone.

This is another attempt of the social giant to attract top security experts who give their services to many notable sites.

Will offering bounties help Facebook grow?

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Google+ After One Month: Will It Grow More Or Not ?

It has been a month since the most awaited social networking website made its debut. As it was predicted by various tech gurus, Google+ saw a huge success in its initial weeks. But at the end of its first month, its traffic has gone down a bit.

Google+ started its journey as the biggest threat to the social networking giant Facebook and made it go in a self defense mode. Facebook launched many new services in response to Google+ as Mark Zuckerberg feared the immense popularity that Google+ enjoyed in its initial days.

If we talk about the journey of Google+, so far it has done pretty well. The biggest achievement of Google+ is that while still being in a field trial stage and an invite only site, it managed to grab 10 million users in its first week and if some reports are to be believed, this figure rose upto 20 million in its second week.

While these facts are amazing, Google+ also saw a loss of around 3.2% of its users at the end of its first month.

The biggest challenge Google+ is facing today is that its user interface is not as simple as that of Facebook’s. Some users find it tough to adjust with the interface as they are used to the simple interface of Facebook. And furthermore, Google+ is not yet open to the organizations, which means no famous brands are there to follow.

Though this is only its first month and in future Google+ may get more traffic but the fact is that users no longer find it interesting as they have no new features to use.

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Google+ Planning To Start Social Gaming?

It seems that Google+ will not rest until it replaces Facebook as the largest social network. A recent find shows that Google+ is about to launch its gaming section and your high scores will be shared and displayed on Google+ stream. It also means that Google is planning to evolve Google+ Stream as a central gaming hub that will show results based upon your scores.

This news was first found at Google+ Help Pages where it was written that,”If you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games Stream”. These words were immediately removed as this news started spreading like forest fire.

If Google+ is really going to launch this service, Facebook will have to think of something unique that could bring back its glory. Else, Facebook is sure to meet its end like MySpace did.

This new service was the center of attention ever since Google+ was launched. Vic Gundotra, senior vice president at Google Social, himself hinted that a new gaming service might be on its way.

All of us know that Facebook games have revolutionized the concept of social gaming. Millions of Facebook users play games like Farmville everyday. If Google+ wants to replace Facebook, its gaming service should be upto the scratch and that task is not easy.

We’ll keep you posted on this topic.

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