Google+: “I’m not quite dead, yet”

To poorly paraphrase M. Twain, “reports of Google+’ demise are exaggerated.”

Although the consumer product is at death’s door, the enterprise version will continue on and is being improved. G Suite users of Google+ will soon be able to tag content, and admins will be able to better moderate, promote and review post metrics.

More at TechCrunch

Cheers!

quincy

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RIP: Google+

Citing poor traffic and low user acceptance (and without mentioning the words ‘data leak‘) Google has decided to pull the plug on Google+, its fledgling social media entity.

For info and a chance to reminisce read: Looking back at Google+ -TC

Cheers!

quincy

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Google asks, ‘Shall we play a game?’ with hidden Chrome adventure

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Wanna sleuth your way around a tech giant’s Mountainview campus? Google has embedded this retro text adventure game and all you need is a web browser (and infinite patience) to play.

To launch Google’s text adventure game

  1. Launch your Chrome, Firefox or Edge browser.
  2. Search for ‘text adventure’.
  3. RIGHT+CLICK on the results page and select Inspect
  4. CLICK the Console tab.  The text “Would you like to play a game?” appears.
  5. Enter ‘yes’ at the > prompt

Cheers (with special thanks, to Di, for passing this along)!

quincy
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Group Planning with Google Maps

Google Location Voting

Planning a group outing just got easier.

As part of a recent mobile update you are now able to share a list of places (e.g., restaurants) with your friends and they can vote their preferred meeting place. This should cut down on the volume of email/sms traffic it takes for a group to pick a watering hole.

Just create a list, then share it; your friends will be taken right to Google Maps mobile, where they will be able to cast their vote 👍👎 on proposed venues. They can even add additional locations to the decision matrix.

Cheers!

quincy

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Gmail Smart Reply Settings

Gmail announced that desktop users will soon be able to turn off Smart Reply, the slightly creepy way of using AI to suggest replies. Mobile users can already disable this option in their Gmail account settings).

The option to disable this feature, although welcome to many, may fall on deaf ears to others. It turns out Smart Reply is quite popular. According to the Wall Street Journal, Smart Reply is responsible for 10% of all Gmail responses.

To Turn Off/On Smart Reply

  1. in Gmail, click Settings.
  2. Select Gmail account (if you have multiple accounts you’ll need to repeat for each).
  3. Scroll down to Smart Reply and select/deselect as preferred.

Google ditches Inbox

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Following the successful adoption of the new GmailGoogle has announced it will discontinue the not so great experiment, Inbox, by March of 2019.

The announcement marks a decision to reinvest their R&D efforts back into the existing platform.

Good riddance (of course I said the same thing to my CompuServe and AOL accounts, way back when)

For more, read: TC: Say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail

Cheers,

quincy

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Google Maps Goes Round (‘n round, n round..)

Take that, Kyrie Irving!…

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Perhaps in a bid to win over Flat-Earthers, when zoomed out in Google Maps, you’ll see a round Earth instead of a flat map.

Cheers!
quincy
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