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The new Google+ social networking service will be supported by an official App Store application that has already been submitted to Apple for approval.

Erica Joy, a support technician at Google, revealed this week that the official Google+ iPhone application was submitted to the App Store. She said that the software was sent for review sometime prior to this week, and is currently awaiting approval.

In a follow-up comment, she seemed to suggest that the software could be a universal application, supporting both the iPhone and the larger 9.7-inch display of the iPad. However, she stopped short of specifically saying the iPad will be supported at launch.

"Sorry, even though I have an iPad and not an iPhone, I always call iOS apps 'iPhone apps,'" she wrote. "I'm sure it's something to do with conditioning."

The inclusion of an iPad application would be particularly noteworthy because Google does not currently offer a version of its Google+ software specifically written for Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the search giant's own tablet-only operating system that powers devices like the Motorola Xoom and new Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Those who own an Android-based tablet running Honeycomb can install the official Google+ application on their device, but it is not optimized for the larger screen sizes. One report characterized the current experience of Google+ on Honeycomb as "awful."



The new Google+ service is the company's latest stab at social networking on the Web. It debuted late last month and is currently in an invite-only phase.

Google+ has an Apple connection in the form of Andy Hertzfeld, who designed the interface of the "Circles" interface found in the new project. Hertzfeld was instrumental in creating the original graphical user interface of the Macintosh after joining Apple in 1979.

Google's products are usually known for their spartan interfaces, but Google+ offers an animated design that includes the Circles social grouping feature. Using Circles, users can drag and drop their friends into groups, making it easy to share certain information with specific groups of friends on the Google+ service.

No additional details of the forthcoming iOS software were provided by Joy this week, leaving it unknown what elements of the animated user interface, such as the Circles feature, would be ported to the iPhone. Google+ on Android includes Circles as well as Stream, Photos, Profile and "Huddle" for group chat.
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I hope it is snappy.

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The new Google+ social networking service will be supported by an official App Store application that has already been submitted to Apple for approval.

This is great....if you're on Google +. From what I hear, most people (myself included) are still on a waiting list and therefore this app will be useless to all but a handful of users.
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This is great....if you're on Google +. From what I hear, most people (myself included) are still on a waiting list and therefore this app will be useless to all but a handful of users.

Yeah, I was only able to invite 100 or so people before they closed the loopholes I was using. There's a lot of people on the service, but many more without it. It's not just tech people though (thankfully). There are some photographers, celebrities, etc. It's really interesting to see how they're each using the platform. (For Example, Thomas Hawk is on Google+, and wrote about the service from a social photography POV: http://thomashawk.com/2011/06/google...o-sharing.html)

That being said, Google+ is a really slick piece of software. The App is great on Android devices, and from what I hear the mobile version of the website looks good on iOS devices as well. I have a Galaxy tab, and while the app works, it is clearly not optimized, though once you get past the main menu, the stream, etc do take advantage of the bigger screen. I'm thinking "Tablet optimized" will include the "hangout" feature in edition to how the app displays itself. Hangout would look horrible on ANY phone (even huge ones like the streak) because it is Chat+Video+Videosharing. I think it could work on a tablet though.

as for getting an invite, I heard that if you go to plus.google.com, every once and awhile it will open invites up. But no official invites (or working exploits) are there yet.
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This is great....if you're on Google +. From what I hear, most people (myself included) are still on a waiting list and therefore this app will be useless to all but a handful of users.

Agreed. I think they have a long haul here. Not sure it's going to get to critical mass.
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post #6 of 26
Google+ is like a night club that keeps a line outside but when you get in, it's empty.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqRPOEa3P44
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I bet parents are not going to like this, these days parent friend their kids on facebook so they can keep an eye on what their kids are saying and are up to, beside parents being on facebook is kind of creepy, I bet unless Facebook does the same thing kids will move so they can put the parents into their own group and hid them away.
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Google+ is like a night club that keeps a line outside but when you get in, it's empty.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqRPOEa3P44
(Courtesy: Reddit)

LOL @ video.

I wouldn't call G+ empty though. While a lot of my friends aren't on it yet, there are quite a few users. I think a more apt description is "Google+ is like a night club that keeps a line outside but when you get in, you realize that you don't know most of the people."

It hasn't really stopped anyone from interacting. Well, besides the facebook employees. Most of them are just trolling.
post #9 of 26
I used it this past weekend, and it works fine, but the interface itself looks really cheap. As if it was designed by a first year CS student. It just doesn't make you want to use it, just for its looks alone.
Reminds me of Wii. Works well, but looks like it was designed for a five year old.
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Google+ is to complicated... When you see circles, sparks and so on you have no idea what is it and why use it for. This thing will die like wave, buzz, orkut, +1 etc...
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I bet parents are not going to like this, these days parent friend their kids on facebook so they can keep an eye on what their kids are saying and are up to, beside parents being on facebook is kind of creepy, I bet unless Facebook does the same thing kids will move so they can put the parents into their own group and hid them away.

Doesn't Facebook provide Circles functionality already? You can assign friends to groups. The account holder can then specify the access parameters for each group. No?
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Google+ is to complicated... When you see circles, sparks and so on you have no idea what is it and why use it for. This thing will die like wave, buzz, orkut, +1 etc...

Then you completely skipped the welcome screen I take it? Assuming you are actually using the service that is, and not just basing your opinion on screenshots you've seen on sites like this.

This is the first screen you're presented with after you sign up:



"Welcome" is also a perm. Tab on the side of Google+ so you can click on it if you get confused.

Circles really isn't that complicated. Most people understand the idea of "Drag and drop" And the only way that they could make choosing circles to share with easier is if they let you write them like hastags, aka +public (which you can do with people) instead of selecting from a dropdown. I'm still hoping this makes it in, but it's not "backwards" how it is now.

As for sparks.. They're sort of broken at the moment. Don't know anyone who uses them. Lots of cool suggestions for them though.

Remember, this is still in a limited field trial. I'm sure that once it goes out to the public (even as an "open" beta) there will be more content available for it. There are a ton of user created "guides" available already.
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Doesn't Facebook provide Circles functionality already? You can assign friends to groups. The account holder can then specify the access parameters for each group. No?

It's there, but it's hidden in a sub menu and isn't intuitive at all. it feels like an "add on" whereas Circles is a core part of how the service works.
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I'm not someone in the know that garnered an invite, and I doubt I'll receive an invite from those that Google designated to try G+ first and then gave them invites to pass out. I'll just have to wait for its general release to the public to see what G+ is all about. Difficult or not. Successfull Hit or not

Anyone here on Google+?

If so, can you tell me, where Facebook has the Wall where all posts are viewed by all followers and I guess their followers and their followers followers, etc. will see those posts, can you tell me if G+ Circles allow G+ users to send info to just those in a particular circle?

I know G+ followers do not know of what circles they are placed in. However, if they knew the Circles options and asked to be placed in a particular one so they would hear about news and events that they would be interested in, can this be done? Can you post just to one particular circle, items of interest that only those in that circle will want to see?

If it does, it would probably slow down the drain of attrition of followers who only see something that interests them some of the time, while other times they are putting up with news they can't use, tire of it and leave.

Would be interesting to know... thanks.
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If so, can you tell me, where Facebook has the Wall where all posts are viewed by all followers and I guess their followers and their followers followers, etc. will see those posts, can you tell me if G+ Circles allow G+ users to send info to just those in a particular circle?

Yes, you can choose who you share with, from sharing with EVERYONE (including non-Google+ users) to just sharing with a single person.
Public: Think of this like posting on twitter. Everyone can see it, and anyone with a Google+ account can reply.
Extended Circles: Think of this like 'Friends of friends" on Facebook. If you're Following someone, people they are following can see your content if they view your profile. They can also respond.
My Circles: This is the way that most people use Facebook. If you're following someone they can see this content and respond. If someone is not part of your circles, they cannot see this content.
A Circle: This is like having a specific group, or an "email list." Say that you want to show your family something about your apartment. You can share JUST with the family circle. Only people you have placed in that circle will see the content or be able to respond.
Individual You can share with a specific person (think of message in facebook)

One thing that can surprise people (if they've never used Twitter) is that people can add you to their circles without you "confirming" it. But the reason this is possible is because the ONLY reason they will see any additional information is if you add them to your circles. All adding someone to your circle means (when it comes to their information) is that their PUBLIC posts will show up in your stream. If they have stuff they share only with people in their circles, you won't see this.


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I know G+ followers do not know of what circles they are placed in. However, if they knew the Circles options and asked to be placed in a particular one so they would hear about news and events that they would be interested in, can this be done? Can you post just to one particular circle, items of interest that only those in that circle will want to see?

It is not currently possible to "request" a circle. Most "big" names on G+ (bloggers, photographers, etc) do seem to be creating circles like this, but it's not part of the system (yet. Hoping this is where Sparks will go.

Hope that helps. If you have other questions, let me know, and I'll try and answer them.
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I don't get peoples difficulty in getting in, the sharing work around still works and half the time you can just sign up on the home page with a gmail account.

when you share to a gmail it takes a day to arrive anything else it's instant.

so you get the "invite" and it says it's full, it's constantly being opened, I've been inviting randoms on twitter just to get the ball rolling and telling them how to get their friends in and all of them are in now.

They're definitely opening this up faster than previous betas as I've never been able to get into previous ones and it only took me 15 mins to get into +.

sidenote: people need to learn the power of twitter search, it's how I got in to + in the first place, it's so frustrating to search "google+ invite" and to see right under "any1 have an invite" people like me offering to get anyone in.
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I used it this past weekend, and it works fine, but the interface itself looks really cheap. As if it was designed by a first year CS student. It just doesn't make you want to use it, just for its looks alone.
Reminds me of Wii. Works well, but looks like it was designed for a five year old.

It's was designed by Andy Hertzfeld.
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EDIT: It seems like AI just wants to eat them instead of send them. Not sure if you got it or not so I'll reply here:


Yes, you can choose who you share with, from sharing with EVERYONE (including non-Google+ users) to just sharing with a single person.
Public: Think of this like posting on twitter. Everyone can see it, and anyone with a Google+ account can reply.
Extended Circles: Think of this like 'Friends of friends" on Facebook. If you're Following someone, people they are following can see your content if they view your profile. They can also respond.
My Circles: This is the way that most people use Facebook. If you're following someone they can see this content and respond. If someone is not part of your circles, they cannot see this content.
A Circle: This is like having a specific group, or an "email list." Say that you want to show your family something about your apartment. You can share JUST with the family circle. Only people you have placed in that circle will see the content or be able to respond.
Individual You can share with a specific person (think of message in facebook)

One thing that can surprise people (if they've never used Twitter) is that people can add you to their circles without you "confirming" it. But the reason this is possible is because the ONLY reason they will see any additional information is if you add them to your circles. All adding someone to your circle means (when it comes to their information) is that their PUBLIC posts will show up in your stream. If they have stuff they share only with people in their circles, you won't see this.



It is not currently possible to "request" a circle. Most "big" names on G+ (bloggers, photographers, etc) do seem to be creating circles like this, but it's not part of the system (yet. Hoping this is where Sparks will go.

Hope that helps. If you have other questions, let me know, and I'll try and answer them.

So... uh... can I get an invite?
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So... uh... can I get an invite?

If I had them, I would offer them. But the loopholes I used are closed off though atm.
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If I had them, I would offer them. But the loopholes I used are closed off though atm.

Curses! I really abhor facebook and the UI and overall design of Google+ seems absolutely excellent, at least in this early iteration. I can't wait to try Google+ out.
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Curses! I really abhor facebook and the UI and overall design of Google+ seems absolutely excellent, at least in this early iteration. I can't wait to try Google+ out.

Make sure you update your Google profile. Also, keep an eye at plus.google.com apparently it allows people in from time to time.

In other news, I missed a public Video chat with Michael Dell by like 5 seconds.
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Facebook will be decimated by Google+. I learned about it not too long ago and looked at the features. It is awesome. I'm not a member but I signed up to be included as soon as possible.

I've been a MySpace user because I really hated the Faceblurb pages. They were limiting and I didn't like seeing so much crap that some people put out. If I were following somebody because we shared a tech interest I hated when such people would post stupid things about their babies or how dinner with the inlaws went last night. I hated all those stupid game level announcements.

With Google+ some of that stuff will be filtered out because I won't be included in other peoples family circles.

I hope Google+ allows people to post videos, especially ones longer than twenty minutes. MySpace cut off their video time limits when it changed to its new interface.

I'm eager to get in and see what I can do with Google +.
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Google+ is social networking done right. For years I have been bashing Facebook, and whenever my friends would ask for the reasons, i'd explain how the concept of "friending" someone is oversimplistic and unnecessarily reciprocal. Now I'm on to them to join me on Google+, too bad the loophole doesn't seem to work these days...

I love the circles concept and expect to be able to build Venn diagrams soon. The best part is that it is really simple to transfer your entire network of contacts from fb to Google+
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Facebook will be decimated by Google+.... I've been a MySpace user because I really hated the Faceblurb pages.

So as a MySpace user do you think you're in a good position to be predicting which social networking site will decimate the other?
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Seriously though, neither site is going to "decimate" the other.

I've been using G+ for the last week and I have to say I like the circles (I think FB will promote lists and improve their usability sometime in the next few months) but that's really about it.

I suppose the hangouts are kind of fun as well... but really more of a novelty than anything else.

Anyway my point is G+ isn't a FB replacement. It's more like the social glue that holds all of the Google services together.

I still think Google will bake G+ into Ice Cream Sandwich (top to bottom and everything in between ) so people on Android phones and tablets are going to be G+ users, especially the communications framework (messaging/chat/VOIP/video calls) and the media sharing (photos/videos) but everyone will still have (and use) their FB accounts.
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"Google+ is like a night club that keeps a line outside but when you get in, you realize that you don't know most of the people."

So, like a night club!
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There's supposition today that Google+ is already up to 10 million users in just two weeks. Pretty impressive for an invite-only rollout.

http://9to5google.com/2011/07/12/goo...-in-two-weeks/
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