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  • Gerrit Eicker 14:12 on 15. March 2010 Permalink
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    Check-ins: Individual vs. Automatic 

    Individually caused check-ins seem to be preferred over automatic location tracking; http://j.mp/dgknH3

  • Gerrit Eicker 13:52 on 12. March 2010 Permalink
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    Facebook Location Sharing 

    NYT: Facebook will allow its users to share their location, not trying to beat Foursquare or Gowalla; http://j.mp/bVkw99

  • Gerrit Eicker 11:37 on 10. February 2010 Permalink
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    Google Buzz 

    Google: Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations, built right into Gmail; http://j.mp/9AFwAB

    • Gerrit Eicker 11:49 on 10. February 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It’s built right into Gmail, so you don’t have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch – it just works. If you think about it, there’s always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most. We focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you’re sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.”

      NYT: “Google and Facebook are on a collision course in the increasingly competitive market for social networking services. – On Tuesday, Google introduced a new service called Google Buzz, a way for users of its Gmail service to share updates, photos and videos. The service will compete with sites like Facebook and Twitter, which are capturing an increasing percentage of the time people spend online.”

      Guardian: “The move brings Google into closer conflict with a number of smaller rivals than ever before. Although the company remains the most powerful force on the web – and has even seen profits from its internet advertising business continue to rise despite the recession – it has also been feeling increasing pressure from competitors that have tapped into a desire to connect with friends and family online.”

      TC: “Without having had a chance to play with it yet, it would seem that the core idea behind Buzz is to take on Twitter and Facebook as the easiest way to share content online. Google is offering a number of compelling features such as smart curation (it gets better as you tell it what you like and what you don’t), and a rich mobile experience including location. – Because of the features it adds on to what Twitter does, and its overall look, it’s hard not to compare Buzz to FriendFeed. That service was arguably the better product than Twitter, but never took off in the same way for whatever reason (though I would argue that simplicity was a big factor).”

      NYT: “People will find the Google Buzz notes right in their Gmail in-boxes, where they’re marked with a special Buzz icon that looks like a cartoon text bubble filled with Google’s signature primary colors. The comments that follow an update, also known as a Buzz, are grouped in a similar fashion to the way Gmail handles a thread of messages.”

      Winer: “I only know about first impressions of Google Buzz because once I saw what it did to my Gmail inbox, which is a mission-critical app for me, my mission became How do I turn this off? … It violates the prime directive of new software. It starts turned on, and the way to turn it off is all-but invisible. And it invades a space that heretofore Google helped to protect. One of the big values of Gmail is its spam filter. Now all of a sudden it’s as if the exhaust was reversed, and it was spraying dirt into my message stream, instead of filtering it out.”

      SEL: “Gmail certainly has its share of dedicated, hardcore users – people who have Gmail set as their home page and keep it open all day in a separate browser tab. But do these users want social networking to invade their inbox? We’re all familiar with the challenge of separating work time – which almost always involves email – from ‘social time,’ and Google is taking somewhat of a risk by combining the two with Buzz.”

      Jarvis: “I think this could be the beginning of some big things: The hyperpersonal news stream, which Marissa Mayer has been talking about. The key value here is not just aggregating our streams but prioritizing them by listening to signals that unlock relevance. … Local is clearly a big Google priority. Newspapers, Yellow Pages, local media, and perhaps even craigslist better watch out. Google is gunning to organize our areas and with that comes an incredible flood of advertising opportunity. … Personalization is key to this: relevance in your feed; publishing to your friends (even understanding who your friends are). I think this portends the end of the universal search and thus of search-engine optimization (there’ll be no way to calculate how high a result rises when everyone’s results are different).”

      RWW: “Google Buzz could quickly become the most popular location-based service on the Internet. Not only does Buzz integrate itself into Gmail, which will give it a large mainstream user base, but Buzz also puts geolocation front and center on its mobile sites. In addition, the new Buzz layer in the Google Maps mobile interface makes it incredibly easy to find geotagged Buzz messages around you. … By default, location sharing is turned on in Buzz, which raises concerns about privacy.

      VB: “You’ll find more location features when you go to the Buzz mobile website. In addition to posting an update, you can see a Google place profile of where you are, and you can click on a ‘nearby’ button to see all the public updates from users near your location. This might be particularly useful if you’re at a big event like a conference, so you see all the conversation around that conference. – None of these individual features are all that unique or innovative, but by tying them into a comprehensive product, which is itself integrated with a number of popular Google services like Gmail, Google might find location-based success in a way that it doesn’t seem to have done with its earlier location service, Latitude.

      RWW: “Google Buzz is headed for the enterprise. According to the Google Enterprise blog, Google Buzz will become a part of Google Apps within the next few months. – Google Buzz applies as much to the enterprise as it does to the consumer market. The real-time application creates an extension for communication that adds a threaded context to a conversation, a critical component for an enterprise application.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 11:27 on 8. January 2010 Permalink
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    Google: Near Me Now 

    Google could not buy Yelp, but it can outperform it: Near Me Now brings Place Pages to your eyes; http://j.mp/4LXBxV

  • Gerrit Eicker 23:16 on 4. May 2009 Permalink
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    Google Latitude Apps 

    Google released 2 apps for Latitude that automatically update Google Talk, Gmail chat, any website; http://tr.im/kt3f  

    • Gerrit Eicker 23:17 on 4. May 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Google Talk location status (beta) automatically updates your Google Talk or Gmail chat status message with your Latitude location. With this application enabled, all of your chat buddies can see your most recent city-level location. The Google Public Location Badge lets you publish your Latitude location on your blog or website. You can choose to show just the city that you are in or you can have your device’s location detected automatically, using GPS, Wi-Fi, or cell tower ID, which provides a more specific location.”

      TC: “Before these apps, there was no way to broadcast your location to the public at large via Latitude, only to your own Gmail contacts through the Latitude feature. Now you can publicize your location more broadly via Gmail Chat and your blog. Of course there are privacy concerns with publicly sharing your location at all times, but it is already happening and public geo-broadcasting will only become more popular over time.”

      RWW: “Google is clearly taking a very serious look at location aware services and according to today’s blog post, the company plans to introduce more applications that can make use of one’s Latitude data in the near future.”

      Mashable: “In other news, while I was impressed with Google Latitude at launch, I’m not actively using it today. Part of the reason is privacy – I’m not super stoked about sharing my location all of the time, and don’t want the hassle of turning the app on and off. Another issue is that I don’t feel like building a separate contact network, and would rather Facebook and/or Twitter simply build location-aware features.”

      SEL: “Google is also cautioning people to be aware of the privacy implications. Users cannot be selectively blocked. When these apps are enabled everyone gets to see your location (hence the city level recommendation). – Google had previously said that there were over a million sign-ups for Latitude in the first couple of weeks. I asked for any update on that number but Google said it wasn’t going to share anything further on user numbers for the time being.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:33 on 6. February 2009 Permalink
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    Privacy International: Security Flaw in Google Latitude 

    Privacy International says it identified a major security flaw in Google Latitude; http://tr.im/ewac  

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:54 on 5. February 2009 Permalink
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    The Google Latitude 

    Google Latitude, a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, locates your friends in real time; http://tr.im/epjj  

    • Gerrit Eicker 09:56 on 5. February 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their email addresses. Google Talk is integrated with Latitude… Latitude gives you control over how much or little location information you want to share, and with whom. And of course Latitude is 100% opt-in.”

      RWW: “For millions of users, Google already knows how they search, what they click, what they buy, who they know, how they communicate, and where they go on the Web. Location enables them to add another critical data point – where they are when they’re performing any of those actions. So if you think Google has too much information about you already, you’ve got another think coming.

      RWW: “Did Google just kill all the other mobile social networks? – The ability to connect to all our real-life, real-world friends and family – friends that include mainstream web users, mom, dad, and the kids – is something that just isn’t here yet. No matter which mobile social network you end up using, including Google’s, you’re only going to see a slice of your actual social network. A true mobile social network would integrate friends from all the major social networks we participate in, plus our bevy of work colleagues from the social network hidden in our email, and, for all those non-participants out there, it would let us add them via their mobile phone number. But that really would be creepy, so we sort of hope it never happens.”

      TC: “In a sense, Latitude is a private version of Yahoo’s Fire Eagle geo-location service. There is no way to broadcast your location to the public at large, only to your own Gmail contacts. (It does not yet work with Google Friend Connect). Obviously, there would be privacy concerns with publicly sharing your location at all times, but it is already happening and public geo-broadcasting will only become more popular over time.

      BW: “Of course, the obvious question is: Isn’t this just a fine stalker tool? Not surprisingly, Google thought about this a lot, and offers a wide variety of ways to make sure you can’t be tracked if you don’t want to (and a readymade quote from Cindy Southworth, firector of the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, saying she worked with Google on the privacy aspects). The service is opt-in, and you can control precisely who among your friends and relatives can see your location. You can hide your location from everyone or particular people, opt to share only the city you’re in generally, or just turn the service off.”

      CW: “Dan Olds, principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, said the Google tool is interesting even if there are obvious potential privacy issues when people know your every move. – ‘Latitude puts a powerful tool in users’ hands. Parents can easily track their children. People can follow their friends’ travels,’ said Olds. ‘Businesses can watch employee movements across the world or inside a particular facility. It will allow them to quickly dispatch, for example, the closest service person to a customer location. With Latitude, it can be done without taking the time to call service people to find out if the workers actually are where they think they are. The company will automatically know.'”

      Forrest: “I do not think of Google as a social company. Though many of their products have a social component doing something with other people, being social is not usually the main focus of a product (GChat and GMail are noticeable exceptions). Instead I read feeds by myself and share selected posts. I make a map for myself and share it. I organize my photos and share some via my own web album. Latitude fits into this model: I get my location for myself (for directions or nearby search) and as an afterthought I share it with a select group of people, however because location-sharing is such a social activity I think it will begin to become a major focus of their Maps app (I wonder if I will be able to get access to my friend’s locations via an API or better yet share my Latitude derived location via Fire Eagle).”

      PCW: “Here are three reasons why I won’t be hopping on the bandwagon. 1. It’s just a little too friendly. 2. Google already has enough dirt on me. 3. Who knows who could end up getting the data?

      Telegraph: “One possibility is that Google could make Latitude a premium fee-based subscription product. That seems unlikely, though, given the company’s focus on building market share with free products like its online software. – A likelier possibility is that Google will use Latitude to bring in traffic and then monetize it with targeted advertising. That has potential. If Google knew a group of friends were in the vicinity of certain restaurants and bars, it could suggest them as destinations. And once users had friends on Latitude, it would be difficult to get rid of the product, making the service sticky.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 10:53 on 5. February 2009 Permalink | Reply

      FAZ: “Der nackte Wahnsinn – Will man das? Vermutlich werden es viele wollen.

      SZ: “Handy-Ortung ist höchst umstritten, doch das ist Google egal. … Bei Google weiß man laut Pressesprecher Stefan Keuchel um die Befürchtungen vieler Verbraucher hinsichtlich des Datenschutzes: “Deshalb haben wir auch mehrere Sicherungen eingebaut, die garantieren, dass der Nutzer die totale Kontrolle hat.” Demnach kann der Anwender seine Position jederzeit vor einzelnen oder allen Nutzern verbergen.”

      SO: “Im Grunde hat Google damit das Versprechen von den sogenannten Location Based Services, den ortsbezogenen Diensten, ein gutes Stück weit eingelöst. Bleibt nur die Frage, ob man das eigentlich will. – Wer sich ohnehin im Internet nach dem Motto ‘ich habe doch nichts zu verbergen’ digital entblößt, wird Latitude lieben. Eine testweise an gut ein Dutzend Google-Nutzer verschickte Bitte um Freigabe ihrer Positionsdaten blieb aber vollkommen erfolglos. Exemplarisch dürfte die Antwort eines der Angeschrieben sein: ‘Geht dich gar nix an.’ – Da hat Google noch einige Überzeugungsarbeit zu leisten.

      iPhoneBlog: “Mit Google Latitude greift der Suchmaschinenanbieter in einem einzigen Atemzug all die ‘ich-bin-hier-und-mache-jenes’-Dienste an. Über das Google Maps-Kartenmaterial verteilt, kann man so verfolgen wo sich seine Freunde gerade aufhalten und was sie tun.”

      FTD: “Lokalisierte Dienste gelten als ein wichtiges zukünftiges Geschäftsmodell für die Mobilfunk- und Internet-Branche. Es geht dabei zum Beispiel um Werbung für Angebote in der Nähe des aktuellen Standorts eines Handy-Nutzers. Google könnte die Verbreitung solcher Dienste hohe zusätzliche Werbeerlöse bringen.

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