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Google+ 101 Guide

Google+ 101 Guide

Here’s a useful introduction to Google+ for anyone still uncertain about giving it a try, or for anyone who has signed-up and is struggling to make sense of the various features and facilities. Best to show the slides in full screen mode. Also to note, the reference to “Huddle” refers to the G+ app on your smartphone. This isn’t made very clear on the slides. Google+ 101 Guide View more presentations from Supernova Studios Feel free to share…

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Google+ answers the Facebook challenge

Google+ answers the Facebook challenge

Google has announced details of it’s latest foray into social networking with Google+. The core components appear to consist of : Circles (equivalent to groups) – where information can be shared privately. With Circles you can put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another and your boss in a circle all on his own! Hangouts – lets friends know that you’re free for a video chat or impromptu virtual meet-up. Sparks – a sort of…

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Creating a feed for websites that do not have RSS

Creating a feed for websites that do not have RSS

I’m not sure if anyone else has shared my frustration at having come across a really useful or interesting website and then discovered there is no RSS facility to subscribe to subsequent updates. Clearly the author/owner of the website believes that their readers will bookmark the site and keep popping back to see if there are any changes.  Not very realistic when there are several billion websites out there. There’s also the perennial issue of the (mainly public sector) websites…

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Google discontinues many services

Google discontinues many services

I’m saddened to read that Google is discontinuing development of Google Notebook, something I’ve used extensively since it was launched. It seems that this is part of a general rationalisation exercise being conducted as part of the need to cut costs. Other Google services and applications being culled include  Google Catalogs, Dodgeball (a mobile social network aquired by Google) and Mapshup Editor.  Jaiku, the micro-blogging service acquired by Google will migrate to the Google App Engine and will no longer…

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Enterprise 2.0 – Innovation through Aquisition

Enterprise 2.0 – Innovation through Aquisition

Great spot by Mike Gotta over at Collaborative Thinking. He picks up on an article in CIO magazine by CG Lynch, “Web 2.0, Social Networks in ’09: The Year of Consolidation, Not Innovation“, originally spotted by the The Connections Blog. This quote puts it all into perspective quite nicely: IBM, for its part, has more aggressively shown willingness to move forward with Lotus Connections, which right now has a better design than the social software features in SharePoint, which is…

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Charted growth of communities of practice in local government

Charted growth of communities of practice in local government

I thought I would try out Google Gadgets as a way of showing the growth in usage of the IDeA CoP platform. It was simpler to set up than I imagined. A straight forward process of adding the data to a Google Spreadsheet, inserting the Gadget to the spreasheet, and then selecting the option to ‘Publish Gadget’. The resultant html code is pasted into your web page – and hey presto – your chart. Full details of the process here….

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