The Incredible Run of Google+

Since an image is worth 1000 words, here is a graph done by Leon HΓ₯land analyzing the growth of Google+. It took only 24 days for Google+ to reach 20 million users, while it took over three years to reach that number for Facebook and Twitter. Considering that the service is still open only by…

How Google Can Win the Social Network War

First there was Orkut, FriendFeed, MySpace. Then Facebook came and took 750 million people behind its wall as they eagerly connected with school friends, shared baby photos and played Farmville. Now Google Plus, the coolest kid in the block, has arrived. Facebook and Google seem to be competing to build the best single website where…

Mute chatty posts on Google+

Google+ tends to show you again and again the same posts, every time there is a new comment. This may be annoying or useful, depending on the circumstances. If you don’t want to remove Scoble from your circles, you can always mute the thread.

Leveraging the address book as your social network

Think about it: your list of friends, family, colleagues and casual acquaintances is not on Facebook or Linkedin. It’s in your pocket, in your phone’s address book and your email address book. If you’re smart you keep them in sync, too. Your address book is your social network. [ad#banner in story] I’ve talked about this…

A path to design social apps that don’t suck

Existing social networking apps suck because human social interactions is simply more complex than adding a ‘friend’. This presentation shows quite clearly why Facebook sucks and the email/phone addressbooks suck, too. Take a full 40 minutes to read it carefully and then watch it again. The Real Life Social Network v2http://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/doc_player.swf?doc=vtm2010-100701010846-phpapp01&stripped_title=the-real-life-social-network-v2View more documents from Paul…

It’s all about Contacts: who do you know?

When it comes to doing anything, finding a job, an apartment or a used car, what counts most is who you know. In the old times it was the size of your rolodex, now it’s the size of you digital addressbook. Being so powerful, it’s no wonder that everybody out there wants it: Facebook, Plaxo,…

Pimp your addressbook with Avatargrabber

Who said that syncing is boring? Alfredo Morresi developed the ultimate time-wasting-syncing-social-tool to pimp your addressbook. Did you know that your phone and desktop addressbook can associate an icon to any of your entries? But, honestly, who has ever wanted to spend time associating a name with a picture? I didn’t, until Avatagrabber was released,…

The future of Social Networks

I really liked watching this presentation, I think that Charlene has good points. My social graph is not flat and it’s more extended than any Google or Facebook knows. Which leads to my concerns: how much do I want to disclose to strangers? how do I make sure that I am the owner of my…

Mobile micro-blogging with Funambol at Girl Geek Dinner

I made an experiment last Friday at the Italian Girl Geek Dinner: I grabbed the latest JAM email client that supports sending photos and I used it to report from there using the new service Twitxr.’  Twitxr is like Twitter allowing short text messages but adding one image and a simple form of geotagging.’  I…