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Google Plus shared endorsements on ads

Google_plus_iconGoogle last week announced a new feature (policy change) called ‘Shared Endorsements”, which aims to show my Google Plus users’ products preferences alongside ads within my social network. Now, I’m not entirely against this, because I only ever use my Google+ account for business purposes.  Will Google note this and refuse to promote my profile likes, dislikes and comments? I’ll leave my readers to work this one out. See bootnote.

How does Shared Endorsements work?

If I review a video on YouTube or leave a comment about a restaurant I’ve just visited, I might see my name, photo and comment in ads appear on another website that uses Google’s display advertising network. Also, if you use Google’s +1 button (which is the same as Facebook’s ‘like’ button), then your endorsement will also appear on the Internet. Product endorsements from family and friends are a major pulling factor for the advertising companies right now, especially given they are eager to monetize their global audiences.

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Google+ mobile app ‘Share’ synchronise issue

It’s been a great week so far at Google I/O with the announcement of the Nexus Q, 7 and Galaxy products running Jelly Bean. Google also announced an update to their Google+ mobile app along with Tablet Optimization, Events with History API (think Facebook Timeline here) and Party Mode. which lets people share photos and videos during the event. So what is Party Mode?

Here’s what happens with Party Mode — when the event starts, you’ll get a notice asking if you want to turn on Party Mode. If you turn Party Mode on, any photos or videos you take will automatically be shared on the event page. Party Mode doesn’t just upload photos — it also shares them with everyone at the, well, party.Once the party/event is over, Google+ will also send out notices to everyone who attended, reminding them to share photos and videos of the event with the group.

What about the History API? According to Google, Google+ History will let users post past statuses, updates, and pictures from other social networks to their Google+ feed. These posts will be displayed in tiles called “moments,” which are similar to Facebook Timeline’s Life Events. There is just one snag, and it involves the default ‘Share’ setting on the Google+ website.

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Facebook introduces celebrity account verification

Facebook will begin verifying the accounts of celebrities and other public figures but not the likes of you and me. The reason for doing this is that this is hoped to reduce the number of Facebook impostors so you can all follow the real Lady Gaga. Facebook has followed in Twitter’s and Google’s footsteps here, however that are some notable differences – one being you will not see a little badge which shows that the account has been verified.

How does this account verification work? Facebook will verify a Facebook account of a celebrity/public figure based on a submitted image of a government-issued photo ID. Two forms of alternate IDs i.e. photo and address verification being two suitable forms, but one suspects that credit cards and birth certificates may also be used. Once the account has been verified the IDs will deleted by Facebook and the user will be able to enter an “alternative name” or nickname that will displayed next to the users real name on their Facebook account. It can also be displayed in lieu of their real name. The verification process will be done manually by Facebook.

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Twitter enable HTTPS by default for all users

I first covered the Twitter HTTPS story last August. Twitter has at last now confirmed (13th February 2012) that it has enabled HTTPS by default for all users. Session cookie hacking (in particular on a public WiFi hotspot), sidejacking and see the Firefox plugin Firesheep story I wrote last year, have all contributed to Twitter rolling out this security enhancement to all its users. It’s taken some time, since I wrote my original post (above link), but we must applaud Twitter for spending (note I didn’t say ‘allocating’) resource on this important web user security issue.

The same cannot be said for Facebook who still haven’t rolled out default HTTPS for all users. One wonders whether this will happen given the cost and resource involved and with an IPO imminent. For those of you using Google Plus, HTTPS is on for all users by default. 🙂

Safe surfing folks!
Julian

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How to use Twitter and Facebook inside Google Plus

I’ve been on the lookout for a reliable, safe and secure Twitter and Facebook client that installs inside my Google Plus Account. As yet I’ve been unable to find one that meets this criteria. I’m hoping Google sort this one out – given they lost access (as the deal with Twitter expired on July 5th) to the Twitter stream in Google search last month – it might not be anytime soon though. Having struggled,  I have found some interesting first attempts at syncing with Facebook and Twitter – although I wouldn’t recommend them, I really do admire the entrepreneurship and wisdom these developers have shown.

Here are some of those Twitter/Facebook clients I found (but don’t recommend right now): 🙁

http://crossrider.com/install/529-google-tweet
Not that reliable / reported 404 errors, browser incompatability issues and no ‘delete’ button if you want to remove the app client.

http://chromestory.com/2011/07/start-gextension-for-google-plus-you-will-love-this/
This allows you to use your Twitter and Facebook streams. Some comments claim it is malicious and others say it is impossible to remove. My research is inconclusive on both counts, but I do know they are wanting some dollars for continuing to use the service.

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