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Google page speed service will basically host your website

The new Google Page Speed Service will take data from your website, optimize it for speed, then serve to users from their servers all over the planet. Your website still exists where it is, but you point the DNS to Google. So, Google is the only site that actually reads your site and anyone else gets it from Google servers, which are worldwide, plus they optimize the code before sending it along. This promises faster speeds for your website loading, and you can test it now.

It’s not free. However, they say prices will be “competitive.” In effect, it’s a worldwide content delivery network for websites that also optimizes the pages.

Google+ is going to be huge

(This is the first in a series of posts this weekend about Google)

Google got it right the third time around with their new social networking product Google+. I find myself spending more time on it and less on Facebook and Twitter. Why? Because it just flows better. It’s easy to find topics and people of interest. All the videos and images are right in the stream (unlike Twitter). Commenting is easy. Conversations easy to start. You see all the stream too, which you don’t on Facebook.

Plus it’s still just a baby, they’re adding new features fast. Something like 20 million people are on it now and it’s the fastest ramp up of any social networking site ever. In six months, with a raft of new features and 100 million more users, it should be amazing.

What’s new in Google+

Google+ as a primary news source, and more

I first learned about the Norway bombing and murders on Google+. So did Scoble. So did lots of people. Images and videos appear as part of the feed, unlike Twitter, and there’s no 140 character limit. On Facebook, what you see is filtered, so you may not see all of someone’s posts. This doesn’t happen on G+. Everything is open and it’s easy to jump in and add to a conversation. It was also easy to find posts from people in Norway with had photos, videos, and thoughts to share.

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Andrew Keen, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — convened for yet another G+ conversation. This one, however, was noted for its evenhandedness as @ajkeen and @scobleizer traded social blows over the new Google service. As someone in the Friendfeed chat on the livecast noted, @stevegillmor seems surprisingly positive about the new service. As Keen observed, that’s because I think the new service is Friendfeed revisited.

Of course, it is. But it’s also Twitter without the 140 character limit, Facebook without the unseen authority algorithm, and the Gillmor Gang without a human director (Hangouts). @kevinmarks says it a little differently, seeing G+ growth gaining on Club Penguin. And that’s the fundamental reason Google has a winner, by underlining the best parts of each of these services and floating all boats on a rising tide.

That’s the crucial point. G+ has raised the bar. We all will benefit from this. The video is an hour and definitely worth watching.

Google+ gaining momentum

Google has acquires a social networking company specializing in group management.

“You can guess what’s next for Google+”, says Leo LaPorte (on Google+, of course)

Comment by Brian Turner

Sounds like a nice acquisition by Google. Let’s see where it goes. Keep in mind that Google is treating G+ with a make-or-break mindset, so it’s pulling out all the stops to make sure that G+ succeeds.

Google, suddenly, is acting like a hungry startup coming out of nowhere with something new and different. Indeed, Google+ is taking social networking where it hasn’t gone before.

Google+ has been in beta for a few weeks now, and the early techie adopters haven’t gotten bored and moved on after dissecting it. Instead, they continue to be excited by it. People are writing add-ons, a sure sign of an active and engaged user community. Scoble mentioned recently that the G+ team is so enthused by the repsonse that they’re moving quickly to add new features. Group management will certainly be one of them.

Groups, whether they be a team at a company, bloggers, or hobbyists, can use G+ to post group messages via Circles and have group video meetups with Hangouts. You can do this now. Imagine what G+ will be able to do in a few months. After all, it only has 18 million users now. Soon it will be hundreds of millions.

If you want an invite, send your email address. You can also follow me.

Do you google naughty / dangerous / political stuff?

Well then, get thee to Google Web History and delete your search history. You did know that Google carefully saves all your searches, right? All your little quirks will be there, staring you in the face. “Naked midget tap dancers wrestling in Jello” indeed.

But you can erase them, and even tell Google to stop saving them. Then use Chrome and do your secret searches in Incognito mode, which affords even more privacy.