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September 06 2011

Google+ Power Users Reject Suggested Users List


You might expect social media superstars to be giving virtual high fives and tweeting with delight at the idea of a suggested users list on Google+. It’s a way to be surfaced for new users, meaning more followers, and that’s a good thing, right?

Wrong — for some.

Since Google released the list late last week, web personalities have been speaking out against it. Tech blogger and commentator Robert Scoble even asked to be removed from it, citing 13 reasons the move made sense for him.

“I totally understand why Google did this list,” Scoble said. “It just isn’t a well curated list and so I don’t want my name associated with it.”

Scoble pointed out that Paris Hilton made the list, further fortifying his reasoning. However, Google+ VP of Product Bradley Horowitz said deeper personalization functionality is on its way. For now, it lets users in different regions and languages get different recommendations — but the goal is for it to become more topic based.

Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer, admits that lists are useful for the technorati. For average users, it makes less sense.

“A suggested user list will never help this tool go mainstream or keep the ‘regular people’ around,” Camahort Page said.

Another concern is that less-followed users making extraordinary contributions to the Google+ community will be overlooked. Alida Brandenburg, an accountant at Pandora, begs to differ.

“I ended up on there and I don’t even have 6,000 followers,” she said. “That may seem high compared to the average user, but then you put that against people listed in the same category as me, like Dane Cook, Paris Hilton and William Shatner, and it’s clear that this was not simply a numbers game.”

The list rotates featured users, so there’s no worry about anyone having a monopoly over it.

So what are Google+ power users so riled up about? Their new favorite network becoming a popularity contest.

“It’s going to alienate people and lead to an inevitable followers war that can hurt the health of the social network and inflate people’s ego,” said Craig Kanalley, a senior editor at The Huffington Post.

The suggested user list wasn’t created for older users like the ones quoted here. Rather, it appears for new users to help them get acclimated to the service. It’s up to them to ignore it or use it as a guide for finding accounts to follow.

Do you think the suggested user list is a good move by Google? Or could it create the toxic follower competition some users fear? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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September 04 2011

Happy Birthday Google: Making Sense of the Web for 13 Years


What were you up to 13 years ago? Maybe you were perfecting the ideal AIM screen name. Or you might have been surfing the “WestHollywood” neighborhood of GeoCities. Chances are, you had been using Yahoo! or AOL as your primary search engines. But Google’s debut on this day in 1998 would change the World Wide Web forever.

On September 4, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed for incorporation as Google Inc. — they had received a $100,000 check from an investor made out to Google, Inc., and needed to incorporate that name so they could legally deposit the check.

Prior to the launch, Page and Brin met at Stanford in 1995, and soon decided to launch a search service called BackRub in January 1996. They soon reevaluated the name (and the creepy logo) in favor of Google, a play on the mathematical figure, “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The name embodied their mission to create an infinite amount of web resources. And that they did.

Since then, Google has become a household name to billions of people worldwide. You’ll overhear senior citizens command their grandchildren to “google” the price of foot cream. You’ll witness toddlers punching the screen of the latest Android phone. And chances are, you’ve navigated the circles of Google+ (if not, let’s get you an invite already).

SEE ALSO: 10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Google

We’d like to guide you on a trip down Google lane, presenting the key products and acquisitions that were born in the first Google garage office, and innovated in the Googleplex. In the comments below, please share how Google has had an impact on your life, and join us in wishing Google a happy birthday!


1996-1997: BackRub




Google was first launched under the BackRub nomer. Soon after, founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the Google.com domain name in September 1997. The two arrived at the name as a play on the mathematical figure, "googol," which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The name embodied their mission to create an infinite amount of web resources.


1998: Google's First Homepage




The original Google homepage prototype debuted in November 1998. Earlier that year Google received a $100,000 check made out to as-yet-unestablished Google Inc. from first investor Andy Bechtolsheim.

In September 2008, the two founders set up shop in Susan Wojcicki‘s garage in Menlo Park, CA, deposited their check and hired their first employee, Craig Silverstein.


1999: The Uncle Sam Homepage




Apart from adding Uncle Sam to its homepage, in 1999 Google outgrew its next office and moved to its first Mountain View, California location. The team announced $25 million in equity funding from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins in its first press release.


2000: Google Becomes Yahoo's Default Search Provider




Apart from its partnership with Yahoo, in 2000 Google announced that its index reached the 1 billion-URL mark, making it the largest search engine in the world. Google also launched AdWord, a self-service ad program that allowed people to purchase keyword advertising that would appear alongside search results.


2001: Google Image Search




Image search launched in July 2001 with an index of 250 million images. That same year Google acquired Deja Usenet and archived its index into categories that ultimately made up Google Groups.


2002: Google Search Appliance




Early in 2002 Google marketed its first hardware, the Google Search Appliance, a device that plugged into a computer and provided advanced search capabilities for internal documents. In May Google announced Labs, a resource for people interested in trying out beta programs emerging from Google's R&D team. Later Google launched its News tool that provided links from 4,000 sources.


2003: AdSense




Google announced the world's largest content-targeted ad program, later dubbed AdSense after Google acquired Applied Semantics. Earlier in the year Google acquired Pyra Labs, the creator of Blogger.


2004: Gmail




Google launched Gmail on April Fool's Day 2004, but the beta version required an invitation to join. In January Orkut launched as Google's foray into social networking. In August, Google's initial public offering contained 19,605,052 shares of Class A common stock at $85 per share.


2005: Google Maps




Google Maps launched in February 2005, to go live on the first iPhone in 2007. Additionally, code.google.com went live to provide resources for developers, and included all of Google's APIs. The company also acquired Urchin, whose content optimization service helped create Google Analytics, launched later that year. In June Google released Google Earth, a satellite-powered mapping service. In October Reader was unveiled to help organize and consolidate content into a single feed.


2006: YouTube




In a $1.65 billion stock transaction, Google acquired YouTube in October 2006. Google also unveiled Trends, a tool that allows a user to evaluate popular searches over a specific timeframe. Earlier that year Google released Gchat, a Gmail-based instant message service derived from Google Talk. Google Checkout emerged later as a way to pay for online purchases.


2007: Android




In November 2007 Google announced its first mobile venture, Android, which the company called "the first open platform for mobile devices."


2008: Google Chrome




In September 2008 Google introduced Chrome, its open source browser. The surprise was spoiled when the comic book that was meant to help debut Chrome leaked a day ahead of schedule. Later that month T-mobile announced the G1, Google's first Android-powered mobile device. That year Google also added Google Suggest capabilities and site search.


2009: Google Wave




To much anticipation, Google announced its venture into real-time communication via the Wave platform. Little more than a year later, however, Wave was no more. That same year Google launched Mac-based photo application Picasa.


2010: Google Apps Marketplace




In 2010 Google launched its Apps Marketplace, an app store that allows third-party developers to sell their creations. That same year Google unveiled Google Buzz, its latest attempt at social sharing that originated in Gmail. The company also released Google TV after teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech.


2011: Google+




Google's most talked-about and participatory social platform thus far, Google+ launched in June 2011 with invite-only access. The tech giant also announced its most expensive acquisition to-date when it bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

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September 02 2011

Google Considers Suggested User Feature for Google+

Google is mulling a Twitter-like suggested user feature for Google Plus.

Bradley Horowitz, vice president of product at Google, floated the idea via a tweet Friday afternoon:


A Google rep confirmed that the search engine giant is “exploring suggested users” and wants to start a dialog with people who have big Twitter followings. The tweak would be just the latest to Google+, which also got a Chrome-based translation feature this past week and an “ignore” option for annoying people in the network.

Twitter introduced a suggested user list in 2009 and then scrapped it later that year, though the company introduced a more personalized list in 2010. Facebook also experimented with a suggested user list last year.

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Google Discontinues Aardvark Amid Social Product Closures


Google will soon shutter Aardvark, the social search and question-and-answer service it purchased for $50 million early last year.

“As part of the shutdown of GoogleLabs, Aardvark will be shutting down at the end of September,” Aardvark co-founder Max Ventilla writes in a blog post on the site.

Aardvark users have until Sept. 30 to retrieve their data, he adds.

The news follows recent announcements that Google would be killing of social app maker Slideacquired for $182 million — and its associated products, as well as closing down its Labs departments. The spree appears to be motivated by Google+, the company’s single focal point in the realm of social networking for the foreseeable future.

Ventilla acknowledges that Google+ played a significant role in Aardvark’s closure. “We learned a lot about creating and maintaining online communities, and how to facilitate sharing of knowledge between people,” he writes. “We’ve been excited to share these lessons within Google over the past year, especially as part of the effort behind Google+. It has been gratifying to see how well this project is doing — even in these early stages, Google+ has already become a great place to share knowledge online, eclipsing the original vark.com!”

Even with Aardvark’s demise, Ventilla suggests that he and the rest of the team will continue on at Google. “In this and other projects at Google, the Aardvark team remains committed to developing powerful tools for connecting people and improving access to information,” he writes.

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Google +1 Buttons Arrive on the Mobile Web


Google +1 buttons are becoming more ubiquitous thanks to an update that carries them over to the mobile web.

The mobile-optimized +1 button made its debut on select Android and iPhone browsers Thursday.

“The button will automatically be visible to anyone on Android 2.1+ and iOS 4.0+ browsers,” Punit Soni, lead product manager for Google+ Games and Mobile, wrote in a post on Google+. “When you +1 something, it will be displayed publicly across the Web as an annotation on the content you +1’d.”

The +1 button mobile upgrade follows recent feature rollouts, including friend annotations, +1 sharing with Google+ circles and +snippets.

As of late August, the +1 button had been embedded on more than 1 million websites. Still, every improvement matters. The +1 button ties directly into Google’s social network, and a recent Experian Hitwise report suggests that the time users spend on Google+ peaked in mid-July.

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August 26 2011

Google+ Lets You Ignore People [VIDEO]


Is someone annoying you on Google+, but you don’t want to resort to blocking him or her completely from your profile? Now there is an option to ignore what that person is posting to Google+.

“Ignoring someone is basically saying you’re just not interested,” Google’s Olga Wichrowska said in a Google+ post. “Maybe you don’t know them, or maybe you don’t want to see what they’re sharing.”

Ignoring a user will do three things. First, it will remove his posts from your “Incoming” stream. Second, you will no longer get notifications about his activity. And finally, ignoring someone will remove him from your Circles page. The user isn’t notified that he has been ignored.

Ignoring is different than blocking, though. A person can still see your stream and comment on it if you’re ignoring him. Blocking him will eliminate his posts from your stream, remove him from your circles and block him from seeing anything you post.

The addition of Ignore seems to be part of Google’s initiative to give users more control over their profiles and data. Facebook has been making moves to enhance user control as well. It recently overhauled its privacy features in an attempt to give users more control.

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July 20 2011

Google+ Approaches 18 Million Users [REPORT]


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Google+ continues to set records as the fastest-growing social network in history, but Google’s social juggernaut is beginning to show signs that it’s losing steam.

Ancestry.com co-founder Paul Allen (not to be confused with the Microsoft co-founder of the same name) posted his most recent analysis of Google+’s growth on his Google+ account Tuesday. According to his analysis, the search giant’s Facebook competitor will likely reach 18 million users by the end of Tuesday, but its growth rate has dropped by 50% from its peak.

“Last week we saw two days where more than 2 million signed up in a single day,” Allen said in his post. “If that rate had continued, Google+ would have reached 20 million users by last Sunday night. But the last four days have averaged only 948,000 new users, and yesterday the site added only 763,000. Yesterday’s growth of 4.47% was the slowest viral growth since Google opened up invites back on July 6.”

SEE ALSO: GOOGLE+: THE COMPLETE GUIDE | VIDEOS | REVIEW

Why is Google+’s growth slowing down? Google Trends indicates that the buzz around Google+ has died down some, which is natural for any major news item. Allen makes the important point that Google+ hasn’t been promoted by any of its other properties and that the social network is still invite-only. Once Google+ is promoted on YouTube or on Google.com, its growth may simply skyrocket.

Allen estimated that Google+ hit the 10 million user mark sometime on June 12 or 13. Google CEO Larry Page confirmed that Google+ had more than 10 million users during an investor earnings call on July 14. Its most followed user, Mark Zuckerberg, now has more than 250,000 followers, despite not posting a single public item on his Google+ account.

Graph via Paul Allen’s Google+ page

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July 19 2011

Google+ iPhone App Now Available


The official Google+ iPhone app is now available.

The app is available as a free download [iTunes link] from the App Store.

Here’s a list of the app’s features, along with their descriptions.

  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are >saying about things nearby.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles.

We’ll be updating this post with hands-on impressions and screenshots once we get a chance to play. Meanwhile, go forth and download.

More About: Google, Google Plus, iOS apps, iphone apps

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Google To Launch Verified Google+ Accounts for Celebs [REPORT]


Following in Twitter’s footsteps, which quickly realized that brands and celebrities want a way to claim their identity on the service, Google plans to verify the identities of public figures on its social network, Google+, CNN reports.

According to Hollywood consultant Brett Schulte, Google is “very interested in having celebrities”, and is currently looking at several different methods for the verification process. The plan is unconfirmed by Google, but the company recently told brands and businesses not to create Google+ profiles just yet, as it works on a better experience for them.

Twitter, for example, displays a special badge on verified profiles. Facebook doesn’t specifically indicate verified profiles, but it does remove fake profiles on user request.

Google+ recently reached 10 million members, which made it the fastest-growing social network of all time. As such, it has to expand and refine its offerings far quicker than Facebook and Twitter did. Verified accounts are definitely an important step for Google’s social network as it would make it more attractive to public figures and celebrities. Google has the advantage of hindsight, though: By carefully treading the ground between Twitter and Facebook, it might end up having the best of both worlds, and being able to learn from its opponents’ (and its own) past mistakes and successes will definitely help with that.

[via CNN]

More About: celebrities, Google, Google Plus, Hollywood, social network, social networking, verified accounts

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New Directory Makes It Easy To Find Public Google+ Hangouts


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Now there’s an easy answer to the question: “Where is everybody hanging out on Google+?”

A website called gphangouts.com aggregates all the public hangouts on the social network. It includes “recent” and search functions too.

If you’re interested in creating a public hangout, you can also create one using the site. It’s unclear if Google or a third party runs the site. Reps from Google could not be reached for comment.

Since Google+ is less than a month old, users are still trying to figure out how to use Hangouts, which let you hold multi-person video chats. There have been several experiments with Hangouts. Ford, for instance, hosted a Hangout on July 7 and Dell CEO Michael Dell has also used Google+ more than a dozen times since he joined. Dell also mused on his Google+ Page that he’d like to use Hangouts for customer service. Ordinary users also use Hangouts as well, of course, as do some journalists.

Have you tried Hangouts? What do you think of it?

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July 18 2011

William Shatner’s Google+ Account Gets Temporarily Shut Down


William Shatner boldly went where few celebs have gone — and he paid the price for it.

The actor’s Google+ account was taken down early Monday, although it now appears to be back up.

Shatner complained about the incident on Twitter, stating, “My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye?”

Shatner rejoined Google+ Monday with the following announcement: “I am back plusers! I still do not know what happened but I will refrain from saying hello again for a while just in case. My best, Bill.”

The issue could be related to verification. Google is trying to make Google+ as free of pseudonyms and fake accounts as possible. Accordingly, Google has gone after at least one Second Life user, who tried to build a Google+ profile around the virtual account.

Despite Google’s vigilance, there are some clearly fake Google+ accounts out there, including one supposedly run by the late Hunter S.Thompson. Some celebs, like Ashton Kutcher and Lady Gaga, have what appear to be real accounts.

At the moment, there seems to be no verification system for Google+. So telling a real celeb account from a fake one can be a challenge. Such are the growing pains for a new social network.

Google reps could not be reached for comment.

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Top 3 Stories This Morning: World Cup Tweets, Adobe & David Beckham

Social Media News

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on three particular stories of interest today.

World Cup Games Set Tweets Per Second Records

At the end of Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final between USA and Japan, the number of tweets sent per second climbed to 7,196, a new all-time high previously owned by the consolation match between Brazil and Paraguay played hours earlier.

Before Sunday’s games, Twitter users sent the most tweets per second (6,939) when New Year’s Day 2011 began in Japan.

Adobe Buys EchoSign

Adobe Systems has acquired EchoSign, a startup that provides a service for people to sign documents electronically. Adobe plans to integrate the cloud-based digital service into CreatePDF, FormsCentral and SendNow.

David & Victoria Beckham’s Baby Photo Debuts on Facebook

Soccer star David Beckham used his Facebook Page to give the first public glimpse of his newborn daughter, Harper Seven. The Facebook photo shows his wife, Victoria Beckham, with the baby.

Further News

  • The researcher who accurately estimated that Google+ would soon reach 10 million users (it did), says that the male-to-female ratio on Google+ is not as disparate as some reports indicate: 33% of Google+ users are female, he estimates.
  • A new iOS app from The Polyphonic Spree is an interactive music video that allows you to explore an ever-changing environment as a small creature called You-Me.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, DNY59

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Mashable Weekend Recap: 29 Stories You May Have Missed


It was a weekend for the record books.

The FIFA World Cup Final made some big news this weekend with Japan beating USA in the final match Sunday. We saw tons of people commenting on the outcome of the game on their social channels, and as it turned out, Twitter users set a new record with the number of tweets sent per second.

Of course, we can’t forget about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 either. The final film in the Harry Potter franchise released in U.S. theaters late last week, but it continued to make news as the weekend progressed. Fans set a box office record for opening night and eventually box office records altogether.

And as far as useful resources go, we’ve got the ultimate guide to Google+, Google’s new social layer. You’ll find some other handy tools for Google+ too, including how to set up an RSS feed and how to follow Mashable staff.

News Essentials

Carmageddon Approaches: Here’s What It Will Look Like [VIDEO]

Netflix Heading to Europe in 2012 [REPORT]

LinkedIn Revamps Profiles for Students

The Rise of Mobile In-App Ads [INFOGRAPHIC]

This Week in Politics & Digital: Cyber Security in The Spotlight

Dual-Screen SpaceBook Laptop Up for Pre-Order [UPDATED]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Breaks Box Office Records

Is Google+ Becoming More Female?

Reaching 200 Million Accounts: Twitter’s Explosive Growth [INFOGRAPHIC]

Spacecraft Orbits Protoplanet in Asteroid Belt, a First [INFOGRAPHIC]

World Cup Finals: USA Loses to Japan, the Web Reacts [PICS]

World Cup Final: A New Tweets Per Second Record

David Beckham’s Baby Photo Debuts on Facebook [PICS]

Helpful Resources

HOW TO: Add Mashable Staff to Your Circles on Google+

19 Essential Google+ Resources

46 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Google+: The Complete Guide

Top 10 Twitter Trends This Week [CHART]

5 Tips for Group Deals Success

5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+

8 Crucial Elements of Startup Success

15 Rad Retro Office Accessories [PICS]

HOW TO: Make RSS Feeds for Google+ Profiles

Tips For Negotiating Employee Equity

Weekend Leisure

Can Web Video Views Predict Box Office Magic for Harry Potter?

Jerry Seinfeld Joins Twitter

Discovered a New Band? Find Out Which Songs To Check Out First With GoRankem

Android App Displays Brain Waves Via Wireless Headband [VIDEO]

3 New Digital Apps For Offline Fun

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HOW TO: Make RSS Feeds for Google+ Profiles


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

Would you rather see your friends’ Google+ posts in your RSS reader? A handy new web app called Google Plus User Feed will let you do just that — and the setup’s a snap.

SEE ALSO: The Comprehensive Guide to Google+

All you need is the Google+ user’s profile ID, the Google Plus User Feed URL and the RSS reader to add it to.

Here’s a walkthrough of the process:


Identify Google+ Profile ID




First, identify the profile ID for the Google+ user you want to add to your feed. You can find it in the profile URL -- it's the long series of numbers. In this case, Ben Parr's ID number is 117691391504351341685.

Copy that number.


Add the Profile ID Number & Code to Your Feed




Add the URL: http://plusfeed.appspot.com/ to your reader. Paste the profile ID number at the end of the URL.

In this case, the full URL should be http://plusfeed.appspot.com/117691391504351341685

Hit "Add."


The Feed Will Pull Google+ Posts




Et voila. Ben Parr's Google+ profile posts now appear in the reader.

[via Lifehacker]

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July 17 2011

July 16 2011

Is Google+ Becoming More Female?


Already using Google+? Follow Mashable News for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as our top social media and technology updates.

If you believe the “unofficial statistician” for Google+, the new social network isn’t nearly as male-dominated as previously reported.

Paul Allen, the founder of Ancestry.com and the man who released a report estimating that Google+ was about to reach 10 million users, says that the male-to-female ratio on Google+ is not as disparate as some reports, including those published by Mashable, have seemed. Instead, Allen’s latest figures show that 33% of Google+ users, as of July 14, 2011 are female.

To be clear, this still means that Google+ is still a male-dominated network (at least for now), but the breakdown isn’t as extreme as the 90% male, 10% female stat from SocialStatistics or the 75% male, 25% female stats from FindPeopleonPlus.

Allen’s methodology in estimating Google+ statistics varies from some other Google+ data sources.

This is how Mashable’s Stan Schroeder described the methodology earlier this week,

He sampled a number of surnames from the U.S. Census Bureau data and compared it to surnames of Google+ users. By comparing surname popularity in the U.S. with the number of users on Google+ with each surname, he can guesstimate the percentage of the U.S. population that signed up for Google+. Finally, he calculated a ratio of U.S. to non-U.S. users to generate an estimate for the number of Google+ users worldwide.

We’re not sure how census data can be applied to gender, especially on a social network, but we’ve reached out to Allen for additional information on how his data was composited.

Still, Allen’s figures show that from July 4, 2011 through July 14, 2011, the male/female gap closed considerably. On July 4, 2011, Allen estimated that 23% of users were female. By July 14, 2011, that percentage was up to 33.6%.

In its own videos and marketing for the service, Google put a lot of emphasis on women, which to us, implies that women are a prime target for Google+.

In our own unscientific estimates, we’ve seen more women joining Google+ over the last few days than when the service first launched.

That leads us to our question — do you see more women joining Google+ in your own circles? What do you think it will take for the gender ratio to start to balance out? Let us know in the comments.

More About: gender breakdown, Google, Google Plus, social networks, stats

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46 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed


Get ready for Mashable‘s weekly roundup! This week, we’ve performed original Google+ analysis, prepared you for the Mac OS X Lion release, and pointed you toward the best fictional Twitter accounts. We’ve celebrated startups and mourned space shuttle finales.

So review the list of important resources you may have missed over the past week. Tune in for more great stories and tools coming at you sooner than you can say “Spotify.”


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