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And Here's YouTube's first take at building engagement with their community through a google+ page.
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Welcome to the official +YouTube page - a place to discover, share and talk about some of the most compelling videos on the web. Add us to a circle to stay in the loop on viral videos, trends, Hangouts and more.
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Paul Allen originally shared:
 
Will Google+ Cut into Facebook Time?

According to this Nielsen Media report, in May 2011 Americans spent more minutes on Facebook than on Yahoo, Google, AOL, and MSN/Bing combined. That is pretty astonishing.

Personally, I now spend about 80-90% of my social networking time on Google+. My wife is still all Facebook. So is my extended family. My 22-year old college grad daughter is using Google+ to help her launch her writing career and she has 1,200 followers so far, but my two college daughters are still all Facebook for social reasons. My three teenage sons all have Android phones and can't wait for Google+ to be available to kids under 18.

The $64 billion question is, Can Google+ go mainstream and start cutting into Facebook time for family/friend communications? For me, Google+ is already the best social network for professional and tech conversations and for sharing of news and commentary on news, so it largely replaces my need for Twitter, but until my family and non-tech friends are on board, it will mainly be for business. I have shared a few photos and posts with my family and my wife's family, where 15 or so people get my content via email, but I don't recall hearing back from any of them any of those times. Not sure why not.

Please answer this question: What features or apps do you think would be the most likely to get your family or friends to sign up for Google+?
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Its not really a feature war that will make Google+ successful. Facebook already has a ton of features (not to mention all of your friends). However, there will always be room for another good platform (and I stress the word good). People like choices and Google+ is not better but it is a legitimate and good alternative.
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For those of you with an interest in javascript animation. I did this one using processing-js and canvas. It can be hard on your CPU. Requires an html5 browser.

http://www.robjective.com/trippy-slithering-black-eye/
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Mauricio Balvanera originally shared:
 
Google+ is now available for the iPhone http://bit.ly/pfRl1D
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This is big for G+. Looking forward to seeing how pages work for brands here.
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Introducing Google+ Pages!

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/google-pages-connect-with-all-things.html

I am thrilled to welcome brands, bands, businesses, etc. back in to Google+!

As most of you know, we "kicked out the brands" in the early going on Google+... Not because we don't love them (we do!) but because we wanted to create the right experience for users, as well as the brands themselves.

Today we've launched that experience. This is a very big day for us... thank you to the brands and businesses that have waited patiently as we perfected this... and huge congrats to the multiple teams that made this happen...

As with any Google+ launch, we know we have a lot to learn... This is the start, not the finish line.... we depend on your feedback. Let us know what you think!
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No More Smiles

That's the caption suggested by the blogger who writes as Pourmecoffee on Twitter about this photograph of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Muammar el-Qaddafi and Hosni Mubarak at a summit in the Libyan city of Surt in October 2010.

A LOT has happened in less than 1 year.

From the NYT: http://j.mp/oMLQbV
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I thought I couldn't be more disgusted with congress this week. Until they approved an internet snooping bill disguised as child protection.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/07/house-committee-approves-bill-mandating-internet
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A balanced discussion of the current situation. Verdict seems to be "not really", with really really pretty charts.
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Larry Page originally shared:
 
We are in the middle of our quarterly earnings call right now. Here are the remarks I just gave. One key stat: Over 10M Google+ users!

-Larry
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Good afternoon everyone--thanks for joining us today

It’s exciting to be on the call today and to share directly with you the progress we have made in my first quarter as CEO

As you will have seen from our press release we had a great quarter--with revenue up by 32 per cent year on year and a new record for quarterly revenue at over $9 billion!

We have substantially increased our velocity and execution this quarter--a key goal of mine since taking over as CEO

It’s why I created a new, product focused management structure--with a clear leader responsible for each product area

This new management team is working together fabulously … and has already achieved a lot in just three months

First we launched Google+ to field trial invitation only

Our goal with Google+ is to make sharing on the web like sharing in real life, as well as to improve the overall Google experience
Circles let you choose with precision who you are sharing with. Not surprisingly this has been very well received, because in real life, we share different things with different people.
Hangouts allow for serendipitous interactions. Like in real life when you run into a few friends. It gives you seamless and fun multi user video and it’s really amazing!

Last quarter, we launched the +1 button in search results and ads--enabling users to recommend stuff they liked, and have those recommendations show up in the search results of people they know

This quarter, we released +1 buttons to the entire web, and many sites like Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Best Buy have added +1 buttons

Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system
Users have to be invited, sign up with a profile in order to use it

However, the growth on Google+ has been great--and I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today
Over 10M people have joined Google+
Great achievement for the team

There’s also a ton of activity
We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day

Our +1 button is already all over the web
It’s being served 2.3 billion times a day

So while we have a lot of work still to do, we are really excited about our progress with Google+

Google+ is also a great example of another focus of mine--beautiful products that are simple and intuitive to use and was actually was one of the first products to contain our new visual redesign.

We also launched that beautiful, consistent and simpler design on our home page, Gmail and calendar with many more products soon to come.

Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter--more wood behind fewer arrows

Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter

We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines

While much of that work has not yet become visible externally, I am very happy with our progress here

Focus and prioritization are crucial given our amazing opportunities

Indeed I see more opportunities for Google today than ever before

Because believe it or not we are still in the very early stages of what we want to do

Even in search … which we’ve been working on for 12 years there have never been more important changes to make
For example this quarter we launched a pilot that shows an author’s name and picture in the search results, making it easier for users to find things from authors they trust.

Of course when we started doing search, people thought we were crazy--they said there was no money to be made in search over and above a bit of banner advertising

Most new internet businesses have had the same criticism

Fast forward to today--it feels like we are watching the same movie again in slow motion

We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy”
Android
We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!
That’s a HUGE number even by Google’s standards
Chrome
It’s the fastest growing browser
With over 160 million users

People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?

And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation

But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search
And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time

Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term

I think about our products in three separate categories

First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call

Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success--YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success

Then we have our new products--Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption

Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been--and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future

I would like to finish on our people

Great companies are no greater than the efforts and ingenuity of their people

So continuing to hire the best, keeping them happy and well rewarded is crucial to our future

Many of you will be interested in hiring--whether we hired a few hundred more or less than you expected this quarter. But we will optimize headcount for the long term and the opportunities we see

So I’m happy with the investments we’ve made in people, though we’re probably even a little ahead of where we need to be with headcount growth at the edge of what is manageable now

It is easy to focus on things we do that are speculative (e.g., driverless cars) but we spend the vast majority of our resources on the core products. We may have a few small speculative projects happening at any given time, but we’re very careful stewards of shareholder money -- we’re not betting the farm on this stuff.

All of us at Google want to create services that people across the world use twice a day … just like a toothbrush!

And we strive to make those services beautiful, simple and easy to use

That way we can provide huge benefit to the world

We have made a good start but we are at only 1 per cent of what’s possible … Google is just getting started … and that is why I am here--working hard to lead this company to the next level
Thank You. And again, we had a great quarter.
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