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  • Gerrit Eicker 10:18 on 28. October 2011 Permalink
    Tags: +Creative Kit, , +Ripples, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Google Apps Administrators, Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education, Google Docs, , Google Plus Creative Kit, Google Plus Data, , , Google Plus Migration, Google Plus Notifications, , Google Plus Ripples, , Google+ Creative Kit, Google+ Data, , , Google+ Migration, Google+ Notifications, , Google+ Ripples, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Playback, , , , , , Sharing History, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   

    Google Plus + Google Apps 

    Google Plus is now available with Google Apps, adds sharing history with Google+ Ripples; http://eicker.at/GoogleAppsPlus

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    • Gerrit Eicker 10:18 on 28. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Google Apps fans, today we’re ready to add you to our circles. Google+ makes sharing on the web more like sharing in the real world, and now Google+ is available to people who use Google Apps at college, at work or at home. – Starting now you can manually turn on Google+ for your organization. Once Google+ is turned on, your users will just need to sign up at google.com/+ to get started. For customers who use Google Apps for Business or the free version of Google Apps and who have chosen to automatically enable new services, Google+ will automatically become available to all of your users over the next several days. … Hangouts with extras, which combines multi-person video chat with screen sharing and collaboration in Google Docs, lets you work together on projects even when your team can’t be in the same room. … Many students and teachers have sent us their ideas about how they can use Google+ to teach, learn, work, and play. These are a few Google Apps for Education universities from around the world that are bringing Google+ to their campuses today… For those of you who’ve already started using Google+ with a personal Google Account and would prefer to use your Google Apps account, we’re building a migration tool to help you move over. … It took more technical work than we expected to bring Google+ to Google Apps, and we thank you for your patience.”

      RWW: “The day has finally come. Google Plus is now available for Google Apps customers. Apps administrators can now manually turn on Google Plus for their organizations. The welcome change will roll out in the ‘next several days.’ … Google Apps users have been crying out for Plus access since the beginning. These are the customers who actually pay Google to use its Web services for their organizations, and yet the Apps versions of Google’s tools routinely lag behind the free versions. … But ever since the public launch, Plus has had this killer feature with no clear user base: Google Docs in Hangouts. It’s an ideal way to collaborate on a project. But how often do casual friends collaborate on projects? Google Plus has had an obvious institutional use case for over a month. Now, at last, Google Apps users in college or the office can use these tools to get things done.

      VB: “While enabling Google+ for Google Apps customers is certainly a big move for the company, eventually Google plans to bring Google+ functionality to all of its various services (Gmail, search, shopping, etc.).”

      TNW: “Using Google+ for Google Apps? Your admin has access to all of your data – If you’re a user of Google+ with a corporate or education Google Apps account, your administrator can access and modify your Google+ account and its postings. This information is pointed out in a Google help center topic related to the new feature: ‘Because you’re signing up for Google+ with your corporate email address, your Google Apps administrator retains the right to access your Google+ data and modify or delete it at any time.’ … The fact that an administrator has access to your accounts under Google Apps is nothing new, but this is the first time that Google has had a social network among its Apps offerings, so the privacy implications are a bit more severe.”

      Google: “Whether it’s breaking news or beautiful photos, you just don’t want to miss anything. With this in mind, we’re launching ‘What’s Hot’ on Google+, a new place to visit for interesting and unexpected contentGoogle+ Ripples: watch how posts get shared – There’s something deeply satisfying about sharing on Google+, then watching the activity unfold. Comments pour in, notifications light up, friends share with friends [who share with their friends], and in no time at all there’s an entire community around your post. … Google+ Creative Kit: have more fun with your photos – Now you can add that vintage feel to your vacation photos. Or sharpen those snapshots from the family barbeque. Or add some text for added personality. With the Creative Kit, all you need is an idea…”

      TC: “Google+ Resurrects Playback Feature From Wave, Renames It ‘Ripples’ – Last August, Google asked us all to say good-bye to Google Wave. Some said Wave was ahead of its time, some said that the platform had enough features to sink the Titanic. … And one of these features launched today on Google+ seems a throwback to one now-defunct feature of Google Wave, called ‘Playback’. … Yes, today, Google launched its new Google+ Ripples, which will let users ‘re-live’ the conversations, comments, and sharing that’s taken place over the history of their use of Google+. … In other words, Ripples is a ‘visualization tool for public shares and comments‘, which users can access by simply selecting the ‘View Ripples’ option in the drop down window to the right of the public post.”

      TNW: “Google not only wants to show you what’s hot, but wants to show you how it got hot by showing you how a post was shared. The name also brings back memories of a previous Google product, ‘Wave’. … This is a pretty drastic upgrade for Google+, as until now, the only way to find posts that interested you was through its search function, or when your friends re-shared a post.”

      VB: “Perhaps more interesting for the visually oriented is Google+ Ripples, a new way to watch how posts travel across the company’s set of social features and through various user’s circles. You can view the ‘ripples’ for any public post; this feature will show you all of that post’s activity. You can zoom in on specific events, check out top contributors and more.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:30 on 30. June 2011 Permalink
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    Google Plus Hangouts 

    Google Plus challenges Facebook, Google Plus Hangouts aims for Skype, videoconferencing in general; http://eicker.at/GooglePlusHangouts

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    • Gerrit Eicker 08:30 on 30. June 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Just think: when you walk into the pub or step onto your front porch, you’re in fact signaling to everyone around, ‘Hey, I’ve got some time, so feel free to stop by.’ Further, it’s this unspoken understanding that puts people at ease, and encourages conversation. But today’s online communication tools (like instant messaging and video-calling) don’t understand this subtlety: They’re annoying, for starters. You can ping everyone that’s ‘available,’ but you’re bound to interrupt someone’s plans. They’re also really awkward. When someone doesn’t respond, you don’t know if they’re just not there, or just not interested. With Google+ we wanted to make on-screen gatherings fun, fluid and serendipitous, so we created Hangouts. By combining the casual meetup with live multi-person video, Hangouts lets you stop by when you’re free, and spend time with your Circles. Face-to-face-to-face.

      Google+: “Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let your mates know that you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until we perfect teleportation, it’s the next best thing.”

      GigaOM: “I don’t think Facebook has anything to worry about. However, there is a whole slew of other companies that should be on notice. Just as Apple put several app developers on notice with the announcement of its new iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, Google+ should give folks at companies such as Blekko, Skype and a gaggle of group messaging companies a pause. I personally think Skype Video can easily be brought to its knees by Google Plus’ Hangout. And even if Google+ fails, Google could easily make Hangout part of the Google office offering.”

      iCTI: “Google Plus’ cool factor may or may not wow the typical user, but what about rolling it into the enterprise along with other Google services, specifically applied in unified communications? Contact management, enhanced? Check (Google Plus’ Circles feature). Email management? Check (Gmail). Document management? Check (Google Docs). Voice (over IP) communications? Check (Google Voice). Instant messenging? Check (Gtalk). Videoconferencing, even with a group? Check (Google Plus’ Hangouts feature). Mobile chat? Check (Google Plus’ Huddle feature).”

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:03 on 24. June 2011 Permalink
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    Wyoming@Google 

    Wyoming has officially gone Google: completed its transition to Google Apps for Government; http://eicker.at/WyomingGoogle

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 22:55 on 15. November 2010 Permalink
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    Facebook Office 

    Facebook Messages adds Microsoft Office Web Apps: Still not designed as an enterprise product? http://eicker.at/FacebookOffice

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 22:57 on 15. November 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Microsoft: “Starting today, from Facebook you can view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents via Office Web Apps with just one click. – It goes without saying that social networks are definitely becoming an indispensable part of people’s lives. People don’t just use social networks to connect with their personal and professional contacts, but also to discover new things and great ideas shared by people across their life. … Facebook’s new messaging platform integrates the Office Web Apps to enable Facebook users to view Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents with just one click.

      RWW: “Facebook’s newly announced messaging platform will deeply integrate Microsoft’s Office Web Apps so that Facebook users can view Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments without having to leave the site. Rumors about this integration started to make the rounds on the Internet earlier last week. Oddly, though, Facebook didn’t mention this integration during today’s press conference and makes no mention of it in the official announcement on its corporate blog. … While Microsoft points out that this integration can also be used for ‘serious’ business, Business users aren’t likely to share their documents through the Facebook platform, after all. – For Microsoft, this is a major win, as its flagship Web productivity apps will now play a central role on the Web’s most popular social network.”

      VB: “The step into Facebook is less of a grab at the collaboration space and more like another jab at Google. … If Microsoft were looking to challenge Google in the business collaboration space they would go after a networking application like Yammer, a social network like Facebook for businesses. But there’s a strong statement that Microsoft could make here with the high school and college student presence on Facebook. … Either way, this is good news for the collaboration space and just about everyone else. Businesses can cross their fingers and hope to see office application integration – on either Google’s or Microsoft’s end – in other enterprise collaboration services.”

      IF: “Gmail and other email programs have tried to make previewing as easy as possible for all formats. So, for Facebook, one ramification of Microsoft’s special access is less value for users who want to share a document in any other format. Maybe the average user doesn’t want to share documents on Facebook in the first place, or maybe Facebook will find that users want to do more document-sharing with the service.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 17:30 on 27. October 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Google Docs, , , , , , , , , Tempus Nova, , , ,   

    Wyoming Goes Google 

    Wyoming is the 1st state in the USA to move all state government employees to Google Apps; http://eicker.at/Wyoming

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 17:33 on 27. October 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Wyoming is a state of many firsts. In 1872, it became home to the world’s first national park – Yellowstone. In 1925, its citizens elected Nellie Tayloe Ross the first woman governor of a U.S. state. Now in 2010, we’re thrilled that Wyoming is the first state in the country to announce plans to move all state government employees to Google Apps for Government. … Many other states around the country are using Google Apps, including departments in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, New York, and Oregon are also bringing Apps to their K-12 classrooms. All these governments are saving money while equipping their employees with modern collaboration tools that carry the assurance of federal government security certification.”

      Wyoming: “Moving to one system for office technologies, including email, email encryption and security, instant messaging, groups, sites, calendar and video, will enable all state employees to easily communicate with each other, something that is not possible now. ‘The change to one email system will make communications better, faster and cheaper,’ said CIO Bob von Wolffradt. … ‘The economic impacts of migrating to a single system will result in $1 million of indirect savings annually, based on the 15 agencies not needing to own servers, licensing, and maintenance contracts or provide dedicated staff to manage the system internally,’ von Wolffradt explained. … Under a contract with Tempus Nova, the State of Wyoming will pay $5 million dollars to migrate e-mail systems to Google’s hosted email, security, e-discovery, encryption, and archive services and transition some 10,000 email accounts to the new services over the coming year.”

    • Freelance Website Designer 18:14 on 27. October 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s insane!!

  • Gerrit Eicker 11:34 on 1. September 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , Box, , Cloud Search, , , Dropbox, , , , , , Google Docs, , Google Voice Voicemail, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , WiseStamp   

    Greplin 

    Search bar for your life: Greplin, in private beta, searches all online data, in one place, fast; http://j.mp/bjSegg

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 12:35 on 12. August 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Bug Tracking, Calendar, , Code Snippets, , , , , , , , , , , , , , Google Docs, , , , , , , , , Projecturf, , , , , , Teams, Tickets, Time Tracking, Timecards, , , , , , , , , Whiteboards   

    Projecturf 

    Use Projecturf to manage projects and teams efficiently, and virtually from anywhere; http://j.mp/90qjUN

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 07:13 on 5. August 2010 Permalink
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    Wave Over 

    Google: Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We do not continue developing Wave; http://j.mp/cogIlP

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 07:15 on 5. August 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily ‘liberate’ their content from Wave. – Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web.”

      TC: “Maybe it was just ahead of its time. Or maybe there were just too many features to ever allow it to be defined properly, but Google is saying today that they are going to stop any further development of Google Wave.”

      VB: “The announcement isn’t a huge surprise, given the tepid response to Wave as a product (as opposed to the hype that greeted its announcement). … Google has cancelled plenty of products before, but this feels like a particular letdown because it had built up Wave so much. … Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra described Wave as reinventing email, reinventing document collaboration, even reinventing communication. That kind of ambitious talk swept along a lot of fans (including me), but it crashed against the reality of Wave’s early product, which was both buggy and difficult to understand.

      SEL: “Google could potentially have simplified Wave and scaled it back, or focused it on fewer core features. And Google also probably needed to do some more outreach and education around the product. – Google has historically been reluctant to favor products or promote them, preferring instead to let them sink or swim on their own. Google’s philosophy surrounding new products is not unlike what happens when sea turtles hatch on the beach: those that gain adoption organically make it back to the water and live. Those that cannot or are intercepted by predators don’t. – Google Wave obviously didn’t make it back into the sea.

      NYT: “Wave had so many different features that it confused many users, who never figured out how it worked. Wave also has several competitors, ranging from Salesforce’s Chatter to Jive. – One of Wave’s major ideas – that the browser is replacing the desktop computer as the center of people’s computing lives – lives on at Google and is the central tenet of its Web-based Chrome operating system.

      RWW: “Why did Wave fail? Maybe because if you don’t call it an ’email-killer’ (and you shouldn’t) then you’d have to call it a ‘product, platform and protocol for distributed, real time, app-augmented collaboration.’ That’s daunting and proved accessible to too few people. Still, with a rumored 100 Google engineers working on Wave to date, a call from Google for more engineering collaboration less than a month ago, and such high hopes – it’s a bit of a shock to see it come to an end. … Proponents of the service say it wasn’t that complicated and was remarkably powerful. Maybe this failure should be chalked up as another example of how Google ‘doesn’t get social’ in terms of user experience or successful evangelism. After an immediate explosion of hype, it never felt like Google was really trying very hard with Wave.

      TC: “When BBC reporter Maggie Shiels asked about the reasons behind the product’s demise, Schmidt noted that Google liked the UI and a lot of the technology behind the product, but it simply to take off. ‘We try things,’ [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. ‘Remember, we celebrate our failures. This is a company where it’s absolutely okay to try something that’s very hard, have it not be successful, and take the learning from that,’ he continued.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 10:21 on 5. August 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Some additional thoughts from a conversation with Sam Liban (@FlightMemory):

      @eicker “I think RWW is right: ‘Google ‘doesn’t get social’ in terms of user experience or successful evangelism’.”
      @FlightMemory “Actually, the ‘social’ aspect (Orkut) is really a bug for Google. Maybe its just the size? But Wave was/is a neat tool. Well…”
      @eicker “Without being arrogant: Wave was a great tool for us. But Wave has never been a great tool for ‘regular onliners’. Not yet. – To understand the power of Wave, you need deep understanding of concepts like wikis, IM, ‘new communications’. – Google designed a tool for 0.1% of the market. BTW: Google Buzz is facing the same problem. – And the core problem: Google is really, really bad in marketing and communications.”
      @FlightMemory “Is it not always the case, that there is a gap between early adopters and ‘normal users’? I mean, look at fb, twitter and so forth. – Buzz is a clone. Clones are hard. Wave was innovation, but too high expectations by Google and media? Early adopters loved it.”
      @eicker “True, but it’s not enough to have a great tool and a brilliant GUI. People need a purpose first. A problem the tool can solve. – That’s why you need to have faced the problems of wikis, IMs, eMails first to understand what Wave gives to you.”
      @FlightMemory “Yes, purpose/use-case is important. But some apps develop the use case after they been launched. Could have happened with Wave… – You do remember, Twitter was a txt/sms service at start? :-) Apps can change their purpose once used.”
      @eicker “The purpose is communications. And eMail works *great* for 99% of regular onliners…”
      @Flightmemory “True, but 1% drives the net…”

    • Gerrit Eicker 11:16 on 5. August 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Guardian: “Like most people, you’ve probably heard of [Wave] but not actually tried it, which sums up the problem. What was it? The Wave idea was a centralised communications tool that combined the real-time advantages of Twitter with the aggregation of your email and chat, with collaborative documents too. Easy to dismiss as something too ambitious and far reaching, but perhaps the difficulty in describing its function was its biggest downall. Twitter managed to survive a similar fate (remember that momet of trying to describe it to a non believer?) but Wave was far more ambitious. … I’d file this under ideas that were just a little ahead of their time. With refinement, a clearer proposition and better integration with existing services, it would have stood a better chance. Wave was one stab at tackling our information overload, at providing a central hub for all the information we need to deal with every day. And it will be back, in one form or another.

      Winer: “Here’s the problem – when I signed on to Wave, I didn’t see anything interesting. It was up to me, the user, to figure out how to sell it. But I didn’t understand what it was, or what its capabilities were, and I was busy, always. Even so I would have put the time in if it looked interesting, but it didn’t. – However, it had another problem. Even if there were incentives to put time into it, and even if I understood how it worked or even what it did, it still wouldn’t have booted up because of the invite-only thing. It’s the same problem every Twitter-would-be or Facebook-like thing has. My friends aren’t here, so who do I communicate with? But with Wave it was even worse because even if I loved Wave and wanted everyone to use it, it was invite-only. So the best evangelist would still have to plead with Google to add all of his workgroup members to the invite list.

    • Gerrit Eicker 07:57 on 6. August 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google’s Graveyard:
      Answers
      Audio Ads
      – Browser Sync
      Catalogs/Catalog Search
      – Co-op (now Custom Search)
      – Deskbar
      Dodgeball
      – Free Search (then Co-op)
      – Google X
      Jaiku
      – Joga Bonito
      Lively
      – Local (now only for Mobile Search)
      – MK-14
      – Music Trends
      Notebook
      – Page Creator (now Sites)
      – Personalized Search (now Accounts and Web History)
      – Picasa Hello
      Print Ads
      – Public Service Search (redirected to Co-op)
      – SearchMash
      SearchWiki
      – Shared Stuff
      – Spreadsheets (now Docs)
      Video
      – Video Player
      – Voice Search (now Voice Local Search)
      Wave
      – Web Accelerator
      – Writely (now Docs)

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:39 on 29. May 2010 Permalink
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    Google Wave: a Lost Year 

    Google Wave turns 1 and sign-ups are open finally: Will it leave its niches in future? Probably not; http://j.mp/9CDdke

     
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