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    Google+ experiences some growing pains

    Since its debut in late June, Google+ has captured much of the tech world's online conversation. The chatter is generally positive, with tech bloggers cheering Google's new social network as a cleaner and more robust alternative to Facebook. But there have been some bumps on the road.
    Over the weekend, Google admitted to inadvertently "spamming" some Google+ users with notification e-mails -- the messages the company sends out if another user adds you to their "circles" of contacts on the site or comments on one of your posts.
    Instead of sending those notes out only once, as intended, Google+ sent them "over and over again," writes Google's Vic Gundotra in a post on his Google+ page.
    "Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam," the Google vice president wrote Saturday.
    Most Google+ users seemed quick to forgive the slip-up.
    "No worries Vic. Keep up the good work! Looking forward to more improvements!" one user wrote in a reply to the apology.
    "It's alright, man! You rocks!" said another.
    Gundotra chalked the spam up to growing pains.
    "For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes," he wrote. "We didn't expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have."
    It's unclear exactly how many people have joined Google+, and the service undoubtedly has far, far fewer users than Facebook, which leads the field with 750 million users. The fact that the Google+ community is still relatively small is no surprise for two reasons: First, the site is so new; and second, it still isn't public, meaning you have to get a personal invitation in order to sign up -- at least for now.
    Google+ experiences some growing pains - CNN.com

    It seems like the Google lovers are in minority LOL
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    Growing pains? A bit exaggerated title, isn't it!

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    Yeah, definitely exaggerated a bit. But I'm sure there's a lot of bandwidth that they're going through every day to keep up with it all.
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    For the largest IT company bandwidth should not be a problem, even if the rumors of already passing 20 million users is true (FB is at 750).

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    Even though Google+ appears to have made a scratchy start, they're likely to succeed big in social networking. Google's already been a part of our lives. The only thing missing was social, and they've got into it now.

    I'm already very familiar with Google's cool products, like countless others. Google+ pleasantly integrates into the rest of them, and that makes me happier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naweed View Post

    I'm already very familiar with Google's cool products, like countless others. Google+ pleasantly integrates into the rest of them, and that makes me happier!
    You're probably familiar with many other ignominious failures as well... Buzz, Wave, Knol, and a lot of others...

    Nothing guarantees it'll succeed imho.

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    The difference is that none of those created any hype. I've never tried any of them. Now my girlfriend was crying to get an invitation to Google+. It will be a whole different story. Facebook's biggest flaw is that you cannot separate groups of people easily, while Google+ solves it in a very clean way. People with lots of "friends" on FB will move to G+, probably they will use both for a lot of time, question is which one will be used more. I'm also curious if mr. Zuck is going to react on it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetrapak View Post
    I'm also curious if mr. Zuck is going to react on it or not.
    Zuck wants to stubbornly stick to his definition of groups, which means bringing together just everyone you've added as a "friend".

    Google+'s asymmetric model of adding people is clearly a breakthrough, and is closer to what happens in real life.

    I won't be surprised if Zuck doesn't change Facebook to make it more realistic because he doesn't want to be portrayed as a follower of Google.
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    Apparently there is a way to separate friends into specific groups called "friend lists" and then share to specific groups on Facebook. It's just a lot more involved, and probably why most people don't know about it and don't use it.

    The way it's done is by opening the chat thing at the bottom, and clicking the "Friend List" button, then naming the new list, and that's it. Then you can edit who is in that list by clicking edit next to it.

    To share to a specific list you have to:
    1. Click the lock button below the status field and choose customize.
    2. Select "Specific people" from the drop down
    3. Type the name of the friend list, and select it.
    4. Save settings and share.
    In Google+ making lists, that is circles, is a matter of drag-n-dropping, and specifying whom to share is a two-click business.
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    True, but even if you make separate groups in Facebook, it will never be so clean as on G+ where it is planned to have separate groups.

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