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New From Google

The Google Plus app now has a swipe down for update. I have been waiting for this for a while. Now you can just swipe down and the app will update your feed. I also like the yellow red blue and green bars that slide across while your feed loads. The app update also puts your cover photo at the top of the navigation bar. Can’t wait to see what they add next.

Gmail has recently updated. It now has three different tabs, primary, social, and promotions. These tabs automatically organize your mail into the tabs. Primary is your actual mail. This contains personal mail and website notifications. Social contains all of your social media notifications. Promotions just contain spam from websites. These tabs make finding mail easier and faster. Personally I like the new Gmail. Some people don’t like change, but I like having my mail automatically organized. How do you feel About the new Gmail?

Google Contract Over Bing Is In

Google’s contract with Apple has run out so it looks like Siri will be learning a new way to find what you are looking for. Now that the contract is up Apple has to, A: renew the contract with Google, or B: find a new browser. So instead of keeping the Google as the default browser for IOS 7 Bing will step up to the plate. But i’m sure that 99% of iphone users will change it right to google when they find out that bing can’t touch the bat to the ball. But its ok because Google could care less what apple does.

The whole IOS 7 is basically Android so why have two great things together it was either keep google and keep IOS or remake Android and scrap Google. But the decision is done and Bing will be the default browser when all of those iphones update and get packed into boxes headed for a tech store near you. I’m not saying that Bing is terrible, it is just that bing is not google, nothing will ever compete with google. Google is slowly taking everything over. It started out as a browser and has turned into a part of everyday life and has done it successfully. No other browser will be as successful as Google, and it certainly won’t be Bing on the iphone.

Social Games

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When it comes to social games on your phone the most talked about is words with friends. In this game you basically play scrabble with your facebook friends over the internet. Social games allow you to play a game with an actual person instead of a computer that can sometimes seem super human. Online games also give you bragging rights when you get with your opponent in real life. Google hangouts took this a step forward and added a visual face so you can have a hangout and play an online game at the same time. This could be the future of online social gaming. Would it not be awesome to play any game with anybody in the world. The great thing Google could incorporate any game they wanted into hangouts. Social gaming is a fun way to catch up with your friends but should not be an alternative to actually going and seeing your friends.
Another mobile online game is angry birds friends. This twist on the classic game allows you to compete with your friends to see who can cause the most destruction. This game seemed like a blast but there is a problem. If you want to play with your friends your friends have to be on Facebook. If you don’t have a presence on Facebook you will be stuck with the practice levels. So personally I was out of luck but if you are on Facebook and have lots of friends you could have a blast destroying pigs and getting back your eggs.               If you want to give it a try the link to download on android is: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsfriends&hl=en

Will Stores Be An Endangered Species?

It seems like stores are a very important part of out everyday life but they could be fewer of them faster than you think. Online shopping is getting more and more popular. Why is this? Because you can visit multiple stores without spending a penny on gas. Social media could take this a step forward. Toyota recently released a way to create custom Toyota cars with your friends and you can also talk to an expert. Social media will soon be how we shop for everything. Google also has the ability for you to walk through buildings virtually. This technology may even be used for shopping in the future. Online stores like Amazon get you the best deals on almost anything you would ever want. In my opinion stores today are just show rooms for online stores. The only reason people go to stores now is to see how cloths feel and fit or how any product feels or fits. The stores that will take longer to go online are food and produce stores. These will stay in physical buildings for longer.

How Has Social Media Changed The Way We Watch Sports?

Sports and social media have slowly been merging together and will keep merging until they are almost nothing without each other. Examples of how these two areas have merged are the Twitter live updates of almost any major sporting event you would want to see. You can follow game four of the NBA final on twitter tomorrow at 9:00 PM. I can see google doing something similar with hangouts. Could you imagine watching a game from any section of the stadium you want to watch it from? I believe watching games through hangouts will allow you to feel the atmosphere of the game better than just watching it on the television. Vine would be The most interesting. If you missed a game and wanted to see the most important parts you could watch a six second vine instead of watching a two minutes of replay footage. Social media is the future of sports there is no doubt about that. Twitter has proved that and now it is Google’s turn to do something great with sports. Google already has the live scorebord that comes up in search results but they will do much greater things in the future.

Yahoo also offers a sports dashboards and it is pretty good. I can picture google doing something similar in the future. If Google could just make a tab on the top that said sports it would be amazing. They could have options to watch games live and have a dashboard with all the games and sports you want. imagine watching any game from your computer and seeing live comments from your communities and other google plus users on a hangout tab on the same screen. This would change the way we experience sports.

Another Google product that could change the way we watch sports is Google glass. Imagine watching an NFL game from the point of view of the coaches or the referees. Or watching Golf from Tiger’s point of view. The options are only limited to peoples creativity.

Do You Use The Emojis That Social Media Sites Offer?

Ever since I have noticed the mood sharing Emojis in the bottom of the Google+ app I have wondered why it is there? Can people not just share in a more creative way how they are feeling? It is just annoying when I am looking through a community and see one of those yellow gum drops smiling at me. This is just another example of how lazy people are getting and I think it is only going to get worse. I can see using Emojis on phones in text messages to add a little humor but not on social media. A smiley face is ok every now and then but you shouldn’t have an entire post dedicated to an Emoji. The last time I used an Emoji texting was months ago, the last time I used one in social media was never. Emojis don’t tell people anything worth knowing about and waste time. They are not real content. If I wanted to know how you feel I would message you and ask. In all I think Emojis are a waste of your time and your followers time.

Will Waze Improve Google Maps?

Google purchased Waze, a realtime traffic app from Isreal, earlier this week. Why did they do this? Some say that Google is going to take the technology used in the app to improve google maps. The technology used by Waze uses your cell phones position to calculate the traffic where you are. This technology has the capability to make google maps just a little better. By improving traffic reports and showing them real time on your route. This could also be helpful in calculating arrival times. In all I believe that Google’s purchase of Waze was a wise one. It will improve the overall quality of google maps. But don’t get too excited, you won’t see these improvements for at least three years because thats how long Google plans on keeping Waze as an independent company.

Are Ads On Social Media Good?

Ads on social media may seem bad at first but when you think about it, you start to realize how fortunate we are to have ads in our social media. What do I mean by this? I am saying that if we had no ads in social media they would be somewhere else. Somewhere much more annoying.  If ads were not in your social media they would be in your emails as spam or they would be constantly calling or texting you. Would you rather have a box in the corner of something you are reading or an inbox full of spam. Now I will admit that sometimes there is an ad that pops up in front of the article you are reading but that is not very common. And the fact is, people barley notice ads when they are reading. There is a statistic that says you are more likely to survive a plane crash than click an ad. That is bad news for the people paying for ads. But it is good that the ads are not noticed.

How Do You Generate Ideas For Content?

Lots of people use different techniques to generate ideas for their posts. Some people prefer to sit in a quiet room to sit and think, some like background noise. I know when I am using the internet I always turn on my television so that there is background noise. But when I am thinking of things to write about I prefer to either jump on my bike and ride to the river or just walk around. Both of these methods can be terribly exhausting in the heat of the southeast. So when I feel like staying in the a/c I just watch the news and surf Google+ for an inspiration. Everybody has their own personal way to come up with ideas. For some they can just pump out ideas all day long. Others will sit and stare at a blank wall until an idea comes to them. Some people use graphic organizers and go through a huge process to map out exactly what they are going to say. It is all up to the personality of the writer. I prefer to get an idea and just let it flow out. I find this easier and it makes things flow better.

Another great way I have found to come up with ideas is to find communities related to what you want to write about and just see what people are writing about. This is what I usually do when my mind goes blank and I cannot come up with anything. At first it was difficult but I have found quite a few communities that I go to often to find topics and jog my brain. There are communities for everything now so all you have to do is explore and find the one with people the most like you.

What Will Be The Next Addition To Google+?

Google+ has had lots of new cool things added to it in the past few months. One of the most popular of these being Auto Awesome. This feature stitches photos into animations and panoramas. Another cool feature added is the photo editor. This enhances pictures and allows you to crop, adjust brightness, contrast, and add a filter to your photos. Who knows what the next amazing feature will be. Maybe it will be a way to share vine posts more easily. Or maybe they will incorporate the entire snapseed app. Maybe the next big thing will be a video editor. The possibilities are endless. I can’t wait for google  to come out with the next version of Google+. I have a feeling I will be pleasantly surprised. What do you think the next innovation will be?

Google has the capability to create almost anything they want. What will be cool is when they make sports more social. Watching sports from a live hangout would be amazing. Commenting live with your friends or member of your favorite sports community. I just hope this day comes soon. Would you rather watch the game on the television by yourself or watch it while hanging out with your friends on the same screen?