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    Local laser guy! Collinstheclown's Avatar
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    Default Re: My thoughts on Google+ after using it for about 2 weeks.

    And 13 of them are in my Circles.

    GMail - Is the best
    GVoice - Useless for me
    iGoogle - I use everyday, hate the name.
    Android - Awesome, Samsung Captivate here
    GMusic - Need an invite
    GWeb Tools - Don't use, my site is a joke
    GAnalytics - Don't use, no need to monitor my low traffic site
    GBuzz - Never bothered

    You didn't mention GDocs, which is great IMO. Now that they have an Android app it's fantastic

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    If you can't hack it, you don't own it! Oneslowz28's Avatar
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    Well its official Google+ gains 10,000,000 users and 36,000 businesses in just 2 weeks in CLOSED BETA!

    Larry Page just posted this on his Google+ account

    We are in the middle of our quarterly earnings call right now. Here are the remarks I just gave. One key stat: Over 10M Google+ users!

    Good afternoon everyone--thanks for joining us today

    It’s exciting to be on the call today and to share directly with you the progress we have made in my first quarter as CEO

    As you will have seen from our press release we had a great quarter--with revenue up by 32 per cent year on year and a new record for quarterly revenue at over $9 billion!

    We have substantially increased our velocity and execution this quarter--a key goal of mine since taking over as CEO

    It’s why I created a new, product focused management structure--with a clear leader responsible for each product area

    This new management team is working together fabulously … and has already achieved a lot in just three months

    First we launched Google+ to field trial invitation only

    Our goal with Google+ is to make sharing on the web like sharing in real life, as well as to improve the overall Google experience
    Circles let you choose with precision who you are sharing with. Not surprisingly this has been very well received, because in real life, we share different things with different people.
    Hangouts allow for serendipitous interactions. Like in real life when you run into a few friends. It gives you seamless and fun multi user video and it’s really amazing!

    Last quarter, we launched the +1 button in search results and ads--enabling users to recommend stuff they liked, and have those recommendations show up in the search results of people they know

    This quarter, we released +1 buttons to the entire web, and many sites like Huffington Post, the Washington Post and Best Buy have added +1 buttons

    Google+ is still only in field trial with limited access as we scale the system
    Users have to be invited, sign up with a profile in order to use it

    However, the growth on Google+ has been great--and I’m excited to release some new metrics for you today
    Over 10M people have joined Google+
    Great achievement for the team

    There’s also a ton of activity
    We are seeing over 1 billion items shared and received in a single day

    Our +1 button is already all over the web
    It’s being served 2.3 billion times a day

    So while we have a lot of work still to do, we are really excited about our progress with Google+

    Google+ is also a great example of another focus of mine--beautiful products that are simple and intuitive to use and was actually was one of the first products to contain our new visual redesign.

    We also launched that beautiful, consistent and simpler design on our home page, Gmail and calendar with many more products soon to come.

    Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter--more wood behind fewer arrows

    Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter

    We’ve also done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines

    While much of that work has not yet become visible externally, I am very happy with our progress here

    Focus and prioritization are crucial given our amazing opportunities

    Indeed I see more opportunities for Google today than ever before

    Because believe it or not we are still in the very early stages of what we want to do

    Even in search … which we’ve been working on for 12 years there have never been more important changes to make
    For example this quarter we launched a pilot that shows an author’s name and picture in the search results, making it easier for users to find things from authors they trust.

    Of course when we started doing search, people thought we were crazy--they said there was no money to be made in search over and above a bit of banner advertising

    Most new internet businesses have had the same criticism

    Fast forward to today--it feels like we are watching the same movie again in slow motion

    We have tremendous new businesses being viewed as “crazy”
    We actually have a new metric to report of 550,000 Android Devices activated a day!
    That’s a HUGE number even by Google’s standards
    It’s the fastest growing browser
    With over 160 million users

    People rightly ask how we will monetize these businesses?

    And of course I understand the need to balance the short term with the longer term needs because our revenues and growth serve as the engine that funds our innovation

    But our emerging high usage products can generate huge new businesses for Google in the long run, just like search
    And we have tons of experience monetizing successful products over time

    Well run technology businesses with tremendous consumer usage make a lot of money over the long term

    I think about our products in three separate categories

    First, there is search and our ads products, the core driver of revenue for the company. Nikesh and Susan are going to talk more about ads later in the call

    Next, we have products that are enjoying high consumer success--YouTube, Android and Chrome. We are investing in these in order to optimize their long-term success

    Then we have our new products--Google+ and Commerce and Local. We are are investing in them to drive innovation and adoption

    Overall, we are focused on long term absolute profit and growth, as we have always been--and I will continue the tight financial management we have had in the last two years, even as we are making significant investments in our future

    I would like to finish on our people

    Great companies are no greater than the efforts and ingenuity of their people

    So continuing to hire the best, keeping them happy and well rewarded is crucial to our future

    Many of you will be interested in hiring--whether we hired a few hundred more or less than you expected this quarter. But we will optimize headcount for the long term and the opportunities we see

    So I’m happy with the investments we’ve made in people, though we’re probably even a little ahead of where we need to be with headcount growth at the edge of what is manageable now

    It is easy to focus on things we do that are speculative (e.g., driverless cars) but we spend the vast majority of our resources on the core products. We may have a few small speculative projects happening at any given time, but we’re very careful stewards of shareholder money -- we’re not betting the farm on this stuff.

    All of us at Google want to create services that people across the world use twice a day … just like a toothbrush!

    And we strive to make those services beautiful, simple and easy to use

    That way we can provide huge benefit to the world

    We have made a good start but we are at only 1 per cent of what’s possible … Google is just getting started … and that is why I am here--working hard to lead this company to the next level
    Thank You. And again, we had a great quarter.
    Oh and $9 Billion in 1 quarter? That's HUGE!

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