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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Google+ Opens To The Public

After on and a half months of closed testing, Google+, the latest in social networking, has become available for public use.

It is working towards creating the most intimate social network available, showing similarities to websites such as Twitter and Facebook but a more diverse version.

Until now, Google+ has had limited availability to the public, with people having to request the oportunity to sample the new website. However, within two weeks it had brought in over 10 Million users through friend invites.

One exciting feature is 'Hangouts', which allows users to interact with multiple people through live video. Google has stated that it has already been used to host a number of events, ranging from 'cooking classes to game shows to music concerts.

Hangout Source - Google Blogspot
Also, 'Hangouts on Air' allows users to record your session, and can have up to nine people involved.

The main basis of the Hangout feature seems to be the aim of replicating real life interaction. This is shown with feautre such as screen sharing, which until now has not been heavily used on other online technology. You can aslo share documents, presentations and even an interactive sketchpad with your friends and family. While these extras are still being tested, you are able to try them out and see what you think. You'll also be able to use the hangout feature on the go with your mobile.

Thier is also a search for creative individuals to design apps which you can find more information about here http://googleplusplatform.blogspot.com/.

Google has also made the most of what it's most famous for - its search engine. He search box allows you to look for friends, posts and more across the web.

After a 12 week field trial, Google+ is now open to the masses, and looks like it has everything in place to be a success.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Now for Year 2

Well, this summer has been an interesting one, i feel like i've faced a few new experiences, and i've noticed myself getting into some good journalistic habits. I've been watching news in a very different way. I'm sure my parents won't miss me constantly commenting on why they're doing certain things on news stories, and trying to explain some of the process behind it.

Thier has certainly been a number of big stories over the summer with the two biggest being the Phone Hacking scandal and the riots.

On this blog i didn't a few posts during the riots, including to live blogs which kept people updated on what was happening. Twitter proved a very useful source, and as i live very close to Croydon and similar areas, i had to contacts that i could speak to about what they could see. I recieved a number of 'retweets' linking to my blog, including one from Chris Ship of ITV news.
The blog attracted around 10,000 views on one day, and around 15,000 overall which i was very pleased with. It still continues to attract traffic to my blog on a daily basis with people still googling about the riots.

When the new year begins, i'll be taking my position as part of the production team, and as a sub editor, and I am looking forward to it.

Thier will be a number of new, interesting blogs, and I hope to present them in new ways. Very soon i will be posting a few demo voice overs, so keep on the look out for them.

Thank you for keeping up with my blogs, and i hope youst around, because thiers plenty more to come.