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Google Adds Games To Google+ 161

Posted by Soulskill
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derGoldstein writes with this quote from the official Google blog: "Today we're adding games to Google+. ... We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life ... When you're ready to play, the Games page is waiting — click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you've received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score — your circles will only see the updates when they're interested in playing games too."
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Google Adds Games To Google+

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  • Google+ (Score:4, Insightful)

    by zget (2395308) on Friday August 12, 2011 @03:29AM (#37065850)
    At least Google isn't dumb enough to forget that people want to play games and spend times on social networking sites. It's also interesting to see that Zynga is there.. There goes two usual slashdot arguments straight out of the window, one being that Zynga is somehow completely relies on Facebook and that Google+ is in some way different social network than Facebook. It is currently, but only because they're lagging behind in development. And to be honest, the place is completely dead without casual people, games and pages. The latter one they still need to add too.

    Google+ is so direct copy of Facebook that it isn't even funny. The whole thing even looks almost exactly the same, just that it has different colors and is lacking features that Facebook has. What exactly is Google trying to archieve here? They aren't innovating, they're just copying. I rather don't have everything about me known by a single company, so I like to use Facebook much more than let Google know all my personal details, my friends, my web searches, my YouTube views, my emails and every site I visit on the internet (via Google Analytics). Putting that much information to a single company is just plain stupid, especially when they just a few days ago revealed they're been secretly handing European citizens information to US agencies, even when it's illegal to do so in the EU.
  • Re:Google+ (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12, 2011 @03:39AM (#37065892)

    Circles, privacy options, hangouts, and keeping games/apps out of the normal social areas.

    How is Google+ an exact copy of Facebook with less features again?

  • How's that news? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Opportunist (166417) on Friday August 12, 2011 @03:42AM (#37065900)

    Let's put it that way, it would be news if Google made the statement that they decided to NOT copy one thing of Facebook.

  • Google Apps? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by richy freeway (623503) on Friday August 12, 2011 @04:13AM (#37066028)
    How about just getting the hell on with it and adding support for Google Apps users? Once again we're left lagging behind!
  • by broothal (186066) <christian@fabel.dk> on Friday August 12, 2011 @05:24AM (#37066294) Homepage Journal

    Sweet Jebus - that was the reason I LEFT facebook. To get rid of that crap.

    Oh well - it was fun while it lasted. IRC is still my favorite social network

  • Re:Google+ (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mcvos (645701) on Friday August 12, 2011 @07:46AM (#37066788)

    Keep in mind that Facebook didn't invent social networks either. I just checked, and apparently Orkut is actually a month older than Facebook [wikipedia.org].

  • Re:Google+ (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 12, 2011 @08:13AM (#37066888)

    Separate profiles? I don't think you understand how relationships work. The status of my various contacts is _not_ static: co-workers became friends, friendships get broken, etc. Separate profiles are totally unable to cope with that seamlessly and most importantly invisibly to the contact in question. My contacts do not need to know how much information I'm giving them / keeping from them.

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