SOCIAL: Google might be a behemoth in search but it continues to lag behind arch rival Facebook when it comes to social media and communities. If 2013 is a big year for the Google+ service, then perhaps going back to basics with the software behind it and enhancing the user experience will help. READ MORE on The Verge.
Google versus Facebook - a fascinating battle between between two giants of the web, not least because Google’s Plus network hasn’t really hit Facebook too hard yet.
But even if Google+ doesn’t yet have all your friends, it does have one of the world’s most powerful data centers at its disposal.
Starting last week, the network will start leveraging that power, focusing on winning users’ photos by making them look better than they do straight out of your camera.
Images have become the most compelling part of Google+, and that’s by design: Google is betting that if it can get your photos, it can eventually get your friends.
Data-center muscle is coming to Google’s social network in three ways: powerful processing that automates photo selection and image editing; a redesigned news feed that creates automated hashtags to encourage exploration; and a unified messaging service aimed at making Google your central communications hub.
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