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Who’s hanging out on Google+?

We return to our regularly scheduled programming — with no more vacation pictures or campaign spots for a while.

Emarketer, citing findings from a six-month Simply Measured study, says that although brands are flocking to Google+, they’re not seeing the level of consumer engagement found on other networks. Maybe it’s because no one is on Google+:
Emarketer points to a February 2012 study by Arbitron and Edison Research found that only 8% of U.S. consumers had a profile on Google+.

Still, Google+ is in its infancy and Facebook ain’t dead yet.

Meanwhile, Ad Age Digital reported Monday that brands aren’t “hanging out” so much as they are “pinning” — as the all-seeing-all-knowing Internet giant takes fourth place in mindshare behind social media darling Pinterest.

The Ad Age article steps beyond the brands’ lack of interest and nicely summarizes a bigger problem with Google+:

The broad consensus is that Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return.

This girl is part of the masses who flocked and then fled. I’ve set up a profile, and I have returned from time to time, but my other friends aren’t on — they’re not sharing, not engaging. I interact most on Google+ with strangers who have shared this blog through their profiles. Although I believe Google+ will have a bigger place in social media and digital marketing, I believe the adopters must first shake their unwavering loyalty to Facebook. And that could take a helluva lot longer than a mere nine months.

Anti-SOPA protests: Simple design, big statement

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In the wake of a Web blackout protesting  the antipiracy bills SOPA and PIPAlawmakers were calling for more discussion on the bills that have pitted Silicon Valley against the entertainment industry, which supports the bills that it says will protect against pirating movies and music. today. Wikipedia, Google and WordPress.com were just a few of the websites who tweaked their designs in protest.

Further reading:


Nielsen: Top U.S. Web Brands in 2011

Nielsen reports that Google is still the top web brand in 2011, followed by Facebook, which is where Americans spend the most time online. According to Nielsen’s Q3 social media report,  Facebook users spent 53.5 billion minutes on the site in May 2011. (I bet I work with some of those Facebook enthusiasts.) It is also the top social networking site through mobile devices: 46,500,000 unique audience members.


Angry Birds for Chrome: ‘Mustache is funny’

ED’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest in advertising as a marketing student. No agencies or products are endorsed. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

Sometimes I just have to post an ad because I think it’s really funny. If I see an ad during a recording and rewind it three times, there has to be something there: a sharp script, dialogue that I get, a unique look. To be honest, I don’t have a lot to say about the Angry Birds as spokespersons for Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Chrome browser other than to say, yes, Chrome does have “amazing frame-rate capabilities,” and Peter does look angry.


This clip was posted on YouTube on Sept. 20. At the time of this writing, it had 183,096 views, 1,919 likes, 53 dislikes and 223 comments, none of which are worth repeating.

About the Google Chrome Channel
(As of Oct. 3, 2011)

  • Channel Views: 6,770,827
  • Total Upload Views: 77,608,585
  • Joined: Sept. 1, 2008
  • Subscribers: 97,733

AGENCY:  Google Creative Lab and Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the folks that brought us Ally Bank’s “Egg Management Fee.”

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Happy birthday, Google

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is celebrating its 13th birthday today, but Mashable celebrated it first, on Sept. 4, the day Google was incorporated.

So why Sept. 27?

A quick Google search finds a 2010 article by Chris Gaylord of The Christian Science Monitor that explains the mystery. A Google spokesman tells Gaylord that Sept. 27 was as good as any other date because a number of milestones were reached in September, so the doodle is celebrating Google’s “birthday month.”

Party on.

RELATED: CNN reports Google is making the Dead Sea Scrolls searchable.

ALSO RELATED: Mashable reports an unofficial Google+ statistician estimates the social network has grown to 43 million users.

EARLIER: Google honors Alexander Calder with an HTML5 doodle.


EARLIER: Google celebrates choreographer Martha Graham


In case you haven’t heard: Google+ wants you — now

As of last night, the Google Doodle is a bold blue arrow inviting the masses to join Google+, the social network that was introduced in late June as a “field trial” that aimed to fix “awkward” online sharing. Users could join the project by invitation only, which made building one’s circles kind of dull. I was eager to be on the bleeding edge of this newest thing, and a well-connected friend scored me an invitation; however, it wasn’t until later that I could send my own. When I did, some of my friends hadn’t heard of Google+, and some of them had and didn’t care. Even so, in less than a month of the launch, Google+ was estimated to have 20 million users, according to web-traffic tracker ComScore. About that same time, Facebook confirmed estimates that it boasts 750 million users.

If you’re tired of Facebook or just intrigued by the ideas of the Circles and Hangouts — or if you just need one more site to log into — sign up for Google+ today. You’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, Google likes you. (Just be sure to use your real name. See post below.)

What is this? Why can’t I just know you on Facebook?

~Real response to a Google+ invitation



Google+ (NASDAQ: GOOG) has revised its profile policy and is suspending accounts with pseudonyms. Saurabh Sharma explains the change in a one-minute video.


What’s in a name? Google+ users say everything

Google+ (NASDAQ: GOOG) has revised its profile policy and is suspending accounts with pseudonyms. Saurabh Sharma explains the change in a one-minute video.

Dave Copeland at the Daily Dot has a post on users’ response to the change.

And now I have to log off and revise the post I’ve been writing about Google+’s privacy policy.


Got Mail? What kind? Google’s Gmail push

ED’S NOTE: The commentary here reflects my interest in advertising as a marketing student. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

Anti-trust hearing? Pooh! Silly senators, Google has more important work to be done, like rescuing the philistine masses still using AOL and Hotmail to communicate electronically with their loved ones!

On the heels of the Google+ introduction, the Internet behemoth has launched “Email Intervention,” a campaign to drive users to Gmail, which will undoubtedly build an even bigger base for Google+ once it is out of beta. At the time of this writing, the clip on YouTube had 145,305 views, 423 likes and 50 dislikes. On Facebook, 364 people liked the ad and 46 comments had been logged.

The 1-minute-15-second commercial, which was posted July 22 on YouTube, is very likable. It’s amusingly reminiscent of an educational film from the 1950s: you know, the ones with an non-threatening-but-authoritative speaker and perky string-based background music that helped us learn the importance of hygiene. In this ad, “intervention specialist” Dr. Richard Muscat lectures on the importance of Gmail, explaining that although many of us have helped friends “make the switch,” there is more work to be done.

We all have that one friend … that one friend who hasn’t made the jump … who still emails you from that embarrassingly out-of-date address.

Without mentioning AOL and Hotmail, Muscat explains that the out-of-date email addresses should be “laid to rest, like so many items of its time,” and then helpful pointers label a floppy disk, portable disc player, VHS cassette and a scrunchy on the classroom table. After sweeping the out-dated items onto the floor, Muscat ups the drama with some cold truth:

Your loved ones are being left out of conversations!


Unable to make free phone calls or video chat, and that’s sad.

Yes, this is way worse than having just 19 friends on Facebook!

Muscat then empowers the viewer: stage an email intervention. And whaddya know? A toolkit can be found at emailintervention.com.

It’s fast. It’s easy. And it’s the right thing to do.

The ad wraps with a white background with the website address and

It’s time to make the switch.

Yes, it’s time. Just in time for the explosion of Google+.

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Alexander Calder: Mobile artist — no, not for Apple

Today’s Google Doodle honors mobile artist Alexander Calder. I know the name, I’ve seen the art, but when I read “mobile” these days, I think of portability — as in personal tech. (“Where can I take this?”) Ah, but there is another definition.

Per Webster’s New World Dictionary:

mobilen. a piece of abstract art that aims to depict movement, as by an arrangement of thin forms, rings, etc. suspended and set in movement by air currents.

Calder (b. July 22, 1898) is the American sculptor credited with inventing mobile sculptures, such as those shown in the National Gallery of Art. You can learn more about his life and work here, at the Calder Foundation website.

UPDATE: PC Mag says the Calder doodle is the first designed in HTML5. If you’re using Firefox or Chrome, you can change the doodle’s movement.

EARLIER: Google honors choreographer Martha Graham