Category Archives: Google

Now Anyone Can Sign Up For Google+

Google announced minutes ago  that Google+ is now open to the entire world!  Forget about asking for invites.

For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.

The announcement is cropping up everywhere on the internet including:

Lifehacker Google+ Now Available to Everyone, No Invitation Necessary

Mashable Google+ Now Open to Everyone

BBC Google+ opens service to everyone

Cnet Google opens its social network to all | Digital Media

RWW Google Plus Opens to All & Announces 9 New Features

Google started their beta or “field test” of their new social network this summer.  For many, it couldn’t of come at a better time with ongoing complaints about Facebook and the growing amount of noise on Twitter.  As with many of Google’s early products, Google+ was invite only.  I got in fairly early on June 29th, 2011 and made a video the same day to share my experience:

First Look Google+ (aka Google Plus)

Soon Google+ Guides, Tutorials, Cheat Sheets and even Google+ training began popping up all over.  There are no fewer than thirteen books on Google+ coming out this fall promising to help you learn how to use Google+.  I’m excited to share that

I’m speaking about Google+ at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 conference on it next month in NYC.  My session is called, “The Pluses and Minuses of Google+” and I have amazing content lined up for the session.  Now that I know the audience will have access to Google+, I’m going to make it more interactive. Sign up to attend Web 2.0.   Register today with discount code webny11alx107 to save an extra 20% off Web 2.0 tickets.  Code expires September 22nd, 2011.

All of you who felt you were missing out or couldn’t invite friends and family can now share the experience of Google+.  Of course, the interesting spin on this will be how new people will adapt, how the community will change and what new and creative uses people will use the new social network for.

Gmail Undo: When You Realize Your Mistake After Clicking Send

How many times have you wished you could undo an email you sent to someone? Maybe you shared a bit too much or sent it to the wrong person.

Gmail has a solution for that known as Undo Send.  Originally listed in Gmail Labs back in 2009, this feature allows you to quickly fix your trigger happy mouse finger by letting you undo a sent email.

Today a friend sent me an email by accident that contained some personal information; including a secret he planned to disclose to someone else. I got a good laugh out of it because I already knew the information but it was a sharp reminder how easy it is these days to accidentally send sensitive information to the wrong people via email as our address books fill up with countless people named Bob, Chris, Sarah and the always gender neutral Pat.

Undo Email Sending Mistakes

Gmail’s “Undo” feature works for both Gmail and Google Apps domains.  Once enabled, you’ll be able to click the yellow highlighted link titled, “Undo” and exhale with relief.

To get started, navigat to your Gmail’s “Mail Settings” under the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.  Then go to “Labs” and scroll down until you see “Undo Send” and enable that.  Make sure to click “Save” so your changes take effect.

Then they added the feature to allow you to specify the number of seconds you’d like to undo the email within.  Of course, I went with the maximum of 30 seconds although I have noticed when I attached invitations to my Gmail messages, the undo has not worked in the past.

You will find this under “Settings” once you click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail.

Thankfully, my friend’s secret is safe with me.  Last week, a business acquaintance accidentally included me on an email where she was talking about me.  I replied to acknowledge I’d recieved it and we all had a good laugh.

Mobile Gmail Undo

This year, with the ongoing popularity of the Android platform on a growing number of smartphones, the introduction of several Android Honeycomb tablets and the updates to Gmail email navigation on these devices, Google released a gmail undo version for mobile as well.

Photo credit: Google Gmail Blog

Summary

It’s nice to be able to take a step back your email with undo.  Of course, some argue that Gmail doesn’t have an undo feature but a delayed sending option.

Have you ever been embarassed after sending an email to someone?  Share your story!