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Google+ debuts new Communities feature to help users ‘find their tribe’
As it looks to distinguish itself against rival social networks, Google+ goes after the interest graph
Today Google+ is announcing its first major new product, Communities, which lets users create groups, organize, and communicate around their interests. It’s a clear effort todefine Google+ against competitors like Facebook and Twitter. It’s not about organizing around friends and family or following your interests in real time. It’s an online hub where people, both friends and strangers, can congregate around topics of interest, post their own thoughts, and chat in real time with Google+ Hangouts.
As part of the announcement, Google+ also provides some new stats, writing that, “more than 500 million people have upgraded to Google+, 235 million are active across Google (+1’ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, writing reviews in Maps, etc), and 135 million are active in just the stream.”
One of the small details that found its way to the cutting room floor while I was editing mybio-hackers feature story was the fact that people from all over the world who self-identified as part of the “grinder” culture used Google+ to share information and talk with one another. They were a disparate, global group and the Hangouts feature in Google+ worked well for group video chat and live demonstrations. So it made a lot of sense to me that the first big product Google+ is launching leverages this organic success.
>> Read more at: theverge.com
Facebook Adds the Ability to Create a Repeat Event
Got a weekly game night you host with your friends? Or a regular study group you want to keep track of? Facebook now lets you create repeating events, so you don’t have to create them from scratch every time.
When you want to create a new event based on an old one, head over to the old event, click the Gear button in the upper right-hand corner and choose “Create Repeat Event.” It’ll copy the details into the new event and even invite all the same people. It’s a great way to keep track of who’s coming to this week’s regular get-together, and help keep people notified of when it’s happening. Update: This feature won’t make an event that recurs every week or anything like that, but it’s still easier than starting from scratch every time.
>> Read more at: lifehacker.com
Instagram Broke the Ability to Share Photos on Twitter, Here’s How to Fix It
Today, Instagram annoyingly decided to turn off its Twitter integration, which means Instagram photos will show up as links instead of photo cards on Twitter. Here’s one way to fix it.
This solution uses IFTTT, our favorite service for supercharging webapps, and the recipe comes from user djbentley. Basically, whenever you take a photo on Instagram, you can just tag it with #twitter and this recipe will send it to Twitter as a native photo rather than a bare link.
Hit the link below to check out the recipe, and while you’re at it, check out all the other things you can do with IFTTT.
>> Read more at: lifehacker.com