Google+ is here

What is Google+, well picture Facebook and Twitter married and had a love child, that is google+.  I was lucky enough to get an invite and has been playing with it.  The interface is very facebook-ish with Status update and your Feed/Stream in the middle.  The great new feature of + is your circle of friends.  Basically you can group people into “circles” and you can then select only to post/receive from these circles.  For example, you can have a Co-worker circle and a Family circle so if you post family photos into one, the other will not see it.

The other feature is called Hangout, this is similar to group chat with video, so you start a hangout session and your circle of friends can join in.  Kind of fun if you don’t mind showing your ugly mug to them.  Sparks is similar to google reader where you pick interests you want to see news for, example is you like food, your stream will be fill with Food related news and so forth.  And the usual Photo/Video upload to picasaweb, if you have an Android phone, you can also set it to auto-sync so that every photos you take will automatically sync to picasaweb.

Overall, it’s a good alternative to Facebook and I can see myself using this over facebook as i very much like the idea of Circles (this is somewhat the goup/list feature in Facebook but done really well.)  You can signup for a invite here.

Google+ is here

Instagram: A visual twitter

I’m telling you I’m hooked, this is the most fun thing since slice bread.  Basically the concept is very simple, you post a picture into instagram and people comment, it’s that simple.  What makes it special are the different filters you can apply to your photos to make it more appealing.  It’s quite addictive, look for me if you’re using it, @cooleye.  Oh, you will need an iOS device to use it.  check it out here.

Instagram: A visual twitter

Twouble with twitter

I have to admit, after signing up to twitter about a year ago, I didn’t really care much about it, thought it was kinda pointless.  About 2 months ago I started utilising it abit more and now I’m almost an addict, I don’t tweet much but I do follow alot of people, it’s like looking into someone else’s life through texting, kinda sad really.  I like it because I get interesting news and links to websites I would normally not find.  I can see why it’s so addictive.  The video is so true if you tweet alot.  You can follow me @cooleye on twitter.

Twouble with twitter