Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined the Web 2.0 Summit dais with scheduled speaker Google Senior Vice President of Social Business Vic Gundotra to discuss the rollout of Google+, and how pieces of it came to be.
Brin said, "I'm not a very social person myself," and that he fought many of the features of the new social network being built inside his company. "I was wrong," he said, adding that he found Google+ "instantly compelling." Gundotra, the man behind the Google+ project, said that its design owes a lot to Brin's … Read more
Brand pages are coming to Google+ "imminently," according to Google's senior vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra. "Not days...a little bit longer than days," he said.
Gundotra, who shared the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today with Google co-founder Segrey Brin, said there has been "overwhelming interest" in this feature. For users who want to have a non-real identity, Gundotra said that Google+ would support pseudonyms. He explained that the feature was not in the product at the beginning because Google wanted to set the atmosphere in … Read more
Flipboard founder and CEO Mike McCue devoted his 10-minute Web 2.0 talk this morning to beauty, emotion, and design. Not data, the theme of this year's Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
"When you want to create a hit, you've got to be willing to look away from the data," he said. The backdrop for McCue's mini-presentation? A picture of a lipstick red 1957 Jaguar XK SS. McCue referenced the classic car, in part, to demonstrate how something beautiful can elicit a visceral reaction. "It makes you feel good, like the Jaguar,&… Read more
This year's Web 2.0 Summit is hardly limited to the Internet. Yes, there's plenty of chatter about Web startups. But featured speakers are also talking about what to expect next from Dell, Foursquare, and even Angry Birds.
Sergey Brin: I was wrong about Google+ On stage with Google's head of social media, Vic Gundotra, the Google co-founder talks about the rocky start of the search giant's latest social play.(Posted in Rafe's Radar by Rafe Needleman) October 19, 2011 3:01 p.m. PT
Google+ to get brand pages soon Google is set to … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--At the Web 2.0 Summit, Kevin Rose of Digg fame showed off Oink--a service for checking into and rating "things," as opposed to places. Oink is the first product from Rose's new company, Milk.
You can rate, for example, the best teas at a specific location (Example: Samovar Tea Lounge) or all the teas within walking distance. Rose says early Oink users are mostly rating food and drink. But also seats at venues, attractions at theme parks, and so on.
There's a gamification element to Oink that will pay users back. "I'… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Up until now, Google Analytics hasn't offered too much information on the way visitors move around a given site.
Susan Wojcicki, senior vice president of advertising at Google, took the opportunity of her speaking time allotment at the Web 2.0 Summit here this morning to unveil new functionality and features for Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is a free tool that that enables Web site and application developers (or simply anyone who is concerned with their site's traffic) to be able to understand traffic information better.
Wojcicki said that inspiration for these new features came from an … Read more
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, never one to hold back his feelings, today told the audience at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that he was grateful he failed to buy Yahoo for $44 billion back in 2008.
"Sometimes you are lucky," he said in an interview with John Battelle, whose Federated Media puts on the conference. "Ask any CEO who might have bought something before the market crashed (in 2008)... Hallelujah! Putting everything else aside, the market fell apart.... Sometimes you're lucky."
Ballmer did say, however, that Yahoo has value and that he … Read more
The slides she used are online on the KP site. I recommend giving them a read.
Some key points: Meeker kicks off by talking about globality. While the top four tech companies are American, there are several up-and-comers, especially from China. And 81 percent of Internet users are outside the U.S. Also, social-network use (aka the "new Internet," according to Marc Benioff) in the U.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--Andrew Stalbow of Rovio, after revealing some stats on the success of Angry Birds at the Web 2.0 Summit here, let drop that a new bird is coming in the October update of Angry Bird Seasons.
Stalbow did not say what the bird would be, just that the game has been providing hints to users in recent updates and ancillary products. A slide he displayed of the Mighty Eagle bird showed a small, duckling-like yellow bird in the corner, which may be the new bird. But more on this as it develops.
As for those stats, Stalbow reeled … Read more