Google+ Popularity Jumps With 540 Million Monthly Users

by Sharon Gaudin @ ComputerWorld.com

Have you been using Google+ lately? If you have, you haven’t been alone. According to Google, the number of monthly active users on Google+ jumped from 390 million in May to 540 million users today.

“With 540 million people active across Google each month, 300 million people active in just the stream and more than 1.5 billion photos uploaded every week, the Google+ community is growing faster than we ever could have imagined,” wrote Vic Gundotra, a Google senior vice president, in ablog post. “Today’s updates are our way of saying ‘thank you.’ We hope they save you time and help you share your story.”

And in that vein, Google announced improvements to Google+ Hangouts and the photo feature that are aimed at making it easier to message, photo edit and make video calls.

Full post here.

Google Glass Explorers

Google Glass

Google is looking for a group of “bold, creative individuals” to join them in “shaping the future of Glass.”  They announced on Wednesday that they were seeking applications for “Explorers” to fullfill this role.  To apply you need to  answer the question “What would you do if you had Glass?” following these guidelines:

Using Google+ or Twitter, tell us what you would do if you had Glass, starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass.

  • Your application must be 50 words or less
  • You must include #ifihadglass in your application
  • You can include up to 5 photos with your application
  • You can include a short video (15 secs max)
  • Be sure to follow us on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that we can contact you directly
  • You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply
  • For more details, please see our full Terms and FAQ

The deadline for applications is February 27th.  Here is the fine print:

If you are chosen, we will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer (please remember to follow us so that we can contact you directly). Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

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Other Teknoid.com post on Google Glass

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