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September 26, 2011

Zynga Games and Google Plus – My Crap Isn’t Your Crap

Zynga CityvilleGoogle+ just made the announcement, moments ago in my stream, about Zynga Cityville coming to Google Plus. This is great news for lovers of Cityville and bad news for haters of Cityville.

As many are aware, Zynga games are typically designed to appeal to addictive behavior partners; it’s part of their marketing strategy. Many obsessively plan Zynga’s games on Facebook, like Farmville, Cityville, Mafia Wars, and so forth. People love their casual gaming. They love it so much that I feel comfortable in repeating the statement that the largest portion of time spent on Facebook, by many people, is in casual gaming. This is such common knowledge that there’s really no need to cite a source. Google it if you doubt.

What is also a known side effect of casual gaming is tons of spam posts. As soon as the new folks that migrated over from Facebook to Google+ to avoid all the Facebook casual game span that litters their stream / wall saw this announcement they echoed a cry the early adopters almost stormed Castle de Google Plus with.

No casual game crap in the stream!

The Googlers listened to us Googlites and they have the casual game stream separate from the main stream. In other words, you never have to see casual game crap unless you choose to by clicking on the casual game stream. You have the power!

If you want more info on how your privacy works on Google+ check out the Google Plus privacy info and how configure yours here.

September 22, 2011

F8 FaceBook Timeline Interesting Idea

Just a thought while watching FaceBooks F8 Live…

Aside from being incredibly sick of hearing the word timeline, I do have to grudgingly admit that it is an interesting concept.

I also think it’s a huge opportunity for a more detailed serendipitous visceral violation of privacy. I can already feel my boss, my ex, my parents, my whoever I wouldn’t want digging through my life fondly caressing these creamy nuggets of deliciousness. I can feel them lovingly violating those secrets I only wish a select appreciative few to know of to bask in my unadulterated stupidity. I can see the gears of their minds creating mechanization of automatons to plunder the booty of my life in ways I’ve never thought. They found that naughty bit of fun and turned it into a dirty bomb capable of sling mud a Grand Canyon distance. I hear them gathered in darkened rooms around bedeviled circles of power maliciously twisted chanting “It was on the timeline. It was on the timeline. It was on the timeline.” fading hauntingly into the public places of my life.

But it is an interesting, and true to FaceBook form, concept that seems to already planned to be poorly implemented in ways that the decision makers thinks is a good idea.

August 11, 2011

Google Plus Games – The Beginning of the End?

Google Plus GamesToday Google+ rolled out their gaming system for casual games. They also rolled out info on the Google+ Platform at the same time. The Google+ Platform announcement got buried under a horde of anti-casual gaming sentiment. As a designer I’ll be paying attention to the Google+ Platform blog so I can see what some of the developers I work with may be digging through for new projects. You can read about the Google+ Platform here: Google+ Platform

About my brief experience with Google+ Games

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July 29, 2011

The Fall of Google or Not

Fall of RomeOne has to wonder if Mr. Zuckerburg and FaceBook is paying the digital media outlet to taught the down fall of Google at the slightest dip of any measurable stat.

Here’s some facts that are so prevalent on the interwebs I’m not going to bother citing them; they’re just that easy to find.

Google+ Achieved over 20 million members in one month during an invite only closed beta with limited acceptances of the invites.

FaceBook has been around since 2001, that’s ten years, and has 750 million members.

Since the stats folks don’t seemed concerned about one person/multi-profiles I won’t be.

So let’s do some math. Assuming an even growth rate [Yes, I know that doesn’t happen.] let’s do some math.

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