Mohammed Ansari

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Google+ iPhone app now available on iTunes. 1500 users rate average of ⅗.

Google+ app for Android was released earlier. It was awaited on iTunes for close to a month so iUsers can use it. It is now released and is No.1 in the Free Apps list on iTunes. I added Vic Gundotra to my circles as soon as he announced the release. He is head of the Social Media at Google. I immediately searched the app on iTunes search bar. This is what you need to do to get yours. Simply type ‘Google+’ on the search bar. Or you could also see it in the ‘Free Apps’ section.

G+ has an edge over Facebook that users can differentiate between who they want to share their content with. On Facebook what ever you post on your wall it is available to eveyone in your list. But you could restrict the same in G+, which allows you to create ‘Circles’; of friends, family, etc. Basically creating category or group of people who will get the license to your controlled content.

The app also has Huddle, which is a instant group chat feature. It is currently not available on web. The reason I guess could be that G can always have it on their + site. But to have it on their phone, either people need to install the new version or update the. Unlike the Android Google+ app, which has been available since the Google+ launched. The iPhone version still needs ‘Sparks’ and many other under development features.

The app is only available for iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, and works with iOS 3.1 or higher. The app does not work with either iPad or iPod touch devices.

From what I see, since the time of launch. In one day there were about 1500 users who rated the app averaging 3 on 5. This is hard to tell how many users out of 18 Million(Stats by Paul Allen) G+ users currently have downloaded the app. Hardly a few of the downloads would be rated. But 1500 in a day is still a big number. And it is displayed as no 1 app in Free App category.

– From Orkut, Buzz, FriendConnect to G+ … Can Google impress us this time – MO


Google Malware Alert – I am safe, are you?

As state by Google’s security engineer Damian Menscher in Google’s official blog 

Today is like any other and you open the google search page. And if you see the alert message on it. It means that your computer is affected with malware. Google has noticed that this malware is redirecting unual traffic to its servers. G worked with several companies and its security engineers to figure out why this traffic being sent. Later it came to a conclusion that it is because of the malware. “As a result of this discovery, today some people will see a prominent notification at the top of their Google web search results:”

“This particular malware causes infected computers to send traffic to Google through a small number of intermediary servers called “proxies.” We hope that by taking steps to notify users whose traffic is coming through these proxies, we can help them update their antivirus software and remove the infections”.

– Flowers in the screen shot. But if you see the alert, search for ‘Anti Virus’ – Mo

Insight with Google Hangouts – Why I anticipate to be fail series?

Google wants to do everything on the web. Just because you are really good at something doesn’t mean you are best in everything. I understand you wrote real good code to search the web. But there are better people out there for everything else. Facebook has its story around socializing and Google failed to come up with better site. They failed in Orkut, Buzz, Friend Connect and Wave as to name a few.

What – is Google Hangouts? Lets just deep dive into google plus product, handouts.

-With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let specific buddies (or entire circles) know you’re hanging out and then see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing. – Google Plus

I want to hangout now and I post it on plus. What is the probability that the limited friends I have will be online and how many would actually like to hangout with me? It would be great if I can also schedule a time for hangout and have it on the wall post. So my friends are aware that I have something important to share or just hangout for the heck of it. Then it would not be an unplanned event as google calls it. I am sure you would allow specific buddies of mine or entire circle to join the hangout. But please have a check if the attendee wants to invite someone, the host permission is required.

For an unplanned meet-up on Hangouts, if I am Lady Gaga or Steve Jobs would make sense. As I would be having million fans. And some of them or all of them in that limited online bucket would hangout with me to hear what I have to say. But then I would like to through up a video of mine alone. I don’t need to see who is who and get their glimpse. It would be more of saying hello to fans or showing my newest invention.

I am almost certain that google is planning for mobility of hangouts. You better have an app of hangouts on iPhone and Android. If I am a Queens NY college going kid, I would get my gadget ip and ping my circle. “Someone pick me up while you are on your way to school as I have a flat tire”. Well I guess this is what it means by unplanned meet-up, doesn’t it?

If you are a startup firm then you will find it helpful. You can schedule a video conference with your team. You obviously would not want to go with companies who charge you. But to certain extend you would get something for free in those companies. Like a one on one video chat on Skype. And you can also hunt for many free services online. As a startup I would think again!

‘Facebook announced that it partnered with Skype to allow group chats – news.cnet, July 6, 2011’

Hmm, Google Plus has not yet opened doors for all. It is still in beta and Facebook has 750 million active users. It would be just another day after weekend for Facebook. Mondays are really long and so will be Skype on Facebook. But all Mondays shed their light away for another day to come. And will Facebook handle the traffic of users group chatting with help of Skype.

‘Hangouts need to Google more for better product – Mo Ansari’