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There’s more to explore, says Google+

If you felt Google+ wasn’t as engaging, think again. Or may be, visit it again. Google+ has rolled out a new look with additional features and an enhanced experience, and it promises to surprise us even more in the coming few days.

What’s in store now?

The new design is convenient and clutter free, and you have more white space unlike the earlier version. Customized user experience and flexible navigation of apps and menu items is also promised. Then, add a pinch of Facebook, and some more of Twitter. The result is the new redesigned Google+. Okay, in simple words, you’ll have:

1) Better Photos

Be it your profile page or scrapbook photos. Photos on your Google Profile are going to be bigger and better in size. Also, you can instantly upload photos from your phone (should be supported by Android), iPhone, iPod or iPad. Even if you lose your phone your memories will be safe and secure.


2) Explore 

This is an additional feature in the lines of Twitter trends. You’ll know what’s happening/trending around and what people are talking the most about. And yes, for the Twitter addicts, you have hashtags too.

3) Navigation ribbon

The strip of menu you had on top, with Circles, Profile et al, will now be displayed as a ribbon on the left side of your profile. You can even drag menu items up and down according to your priorities and interests.

4) Hangouts

Also, you have an exclusive space for hangouts where you can have one-on-one or many-on-one video chats and browse through live broadcasts.

5) Chat

Chat with people in your circles (they too should have you in their circles). Earlier you had to know people’s mail ID to enable a chat. But now, all you need to do is add your friends to your circles to chat with them. Also, like Facebook chat, Google+ will now display recent contacts on your chat list.

6) More fun

Reports say that more apps and features are on its way, which obviously means more and more fun!

What do you think of the new look? What did you like and what you didn’t? Do let us know.

web 2.0 technologies

Intro to Web 2.0

The meaning and definition of Web 2.0 could be anything in technical sense.  For me Web 2.0 is the creator of one more world.  Web 2.0 has accorded us one more citizenship as the resident and inhabitant of the ever vibrant virtual world.  The virtual citizenship is so valuable today through which we can make friends, meet friends, share data, promote videos, write blah blah, publish books, publish photo albums, earn online money, shop online, and create a revenue model for any business idea.  What is more interesting is we can achieve all these while relaxing at home.

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Because of its attractive flexibility, every one of us have become the addicts of Web after it evolved into Web 2.0.  We might skip a movie, meal or office.  We might go sick for a while.  But we never like to skip the Web 2.0 world.  Enterprises like Unisys, Dell, Walmart, Pepsi and many other biggies have realized the value of Web 2.0 technologies in a more better way than others.  Government of India is working on the deployment of Web 2.0 platform across departments.  Web 2.0 is the business driver, personal brand maker and a dream weaver.

Some of Web 2.0 Tools

How Web 2.0 technologies could be used by different users?

  • Business entities
    • Obviously for business benefits through online marketing, lead generation, customer survey and research, customer support, recruitment, reputation management, stakeholder relations, and knowledge acquisition on evolving trends in the market.
  • NGOs and Not-for-Profit organizations
    • Propagating programs, achievements, creating and achieving brand image, crowdsourcing, volunteer mobilization, research, stakeholder relations, enabling transparency and accountability on activities, and fund raising.
  • Employees and working professionals
    • Create, strengthen and promote self-profile through professional networking sites, contributing and exposing expertise through various groups, user sites, staying in touch with colleagues, friends and Sr. Executives, getting noticed by prospective employees, improving communication skills, earning passive income through blog monetization, and achieving personal branding.
  • Universities, Colleges / Educational institutions
    • Reputation management, admission sales, talent management, peer interaction, student and faculty development, and community management.
  • Students
    • Personality development, improving interpersonal communication, writing skills, staying in the notice of prospective employers, job hunt, one stop identity, creating a repository of achievements, circles, community interactions, blog monetization and achieving personal branding.
  • Celebrities
    • Reputation management, staying in touch with fans and peers, market analysis, knowing about whispers and eavesdropping.
  • Politicians
    • Reputation management, staying in touch with constituent people, society, and government, propagating achievements, exploring leadership expertise in the team, and more.
  • Housewives
    • Can explore areas of interest, assist children in using several skill development tools, knowledge development sites, create blog identity duly exposing their skill in art, writing, crowdsourcing, blog monetization and achieving personal branding.
  • Every individual
    • Profile promotion, personal branding, blog monetization and personal development through improved interpersonal communication.
  • Intellectuals
    • Thought sharing, influencing, mentoring, guiding and spreading inspirations.

How will you create Web 2.0 user environment at your place?

Have a computer with Internet connectivity.  You can start exploring Web 2.0 tools.  The tools and applications are, however, ever changing.  One need to keep abreast with the developments to exploit the true value of Web 2.0.  Go ahead with your Web 2.0 journey through creation of online profile and blogging.

Web 2.0 evolution

Where are we going after Web 2.0?  We already have Enterprise 2.0 where these technologies could be custom developed and integrated into company’s intranet for employee driven Social Media interactions.  Web 2.0 would eventually advanced with more analytical, user friendly, feature rich, self-explanatory, cloud based, collaborative and self-automated model.  The technology would eventually become operable through every mobile phone, virtual devices, and could find its place on restaurant table top.

Time is the biggest challenge for every Web 2.0 user against proliferation of several tools and the evolving need to use such tools.  The future tools should be a one-stop solution to achieve regular but divergent tasks on Web 2.0 platform.

Frankly I look forward for a wrist watch integrated with Web 2.0 platform and operable 24 x 7 x 365.


Happy Blogging!