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Serious Games On Google+ Communities

Dear All,

I have been futuring the Serious Games space since 2006, witnessing organizations introducing games to make company's value proposition more compelling and understanding how games have been utilized for education and learning.

Serious Games are now successfully being developed and deployed all over the world and for a variety of applications.

I have created a public Serious Games space on Google+ Communities as a way to connect Serious Games researchers, developers, advocates and adopters and share Serious Games breakthroughs.
A place where people can get together to share ideas and get the most out of Serious Games deployment

Introductions Discussion Showcase Building Culture Events
You are all invited to join Serious Games Google+ Community at



The updated +1 button  with the new look is rolling out to all users today, whilst the Google+ Badge allows us to connect our website to our Google+ page or our personal profile on Google+.

Future-Making Serious Games on Google+ Pages

 Google+ Pages Badges Are Now Out Of Preview With Updated +1 Count

The Google+ badge has graduated out of preview today. For those who’ve already added the code, this means all users will be able to see the badge starting today.

Featuring both an ‘add to circle’ and a ‘+1’ button, the Google+ badge
helps you grow your audience on Google+ while also showing more
recommendations on Google Search.

If you have linked your Google+ page to your site, the count of +1s on
the badge will represent the +1s across your brand including those
from your home page, your Google+ page, and any ads you’ve linked via Social Extensions.

Please note, once you’ve linked your Google+ page to your site, there
may be a delay before the count shown on the badge includes +1s from across your brand. During this delay, the badge will show the count of +1s from your Google+ page.

Get your Google+ badge with the badge configuration tool:

Google+ Games Getting Started: What About Serious Games?

Following my prior post Google+ Getting Serious About Games Stream, dated July 22, Google+ Games are live already.
At The Official Google Blog, Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, posted onAugust 11: “Today we’re adding Games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.”
As reported by Mashable, “Google+ users may have noticed something new on top of their streams— a small icon signifying that Google+ Games had gone live.”
“When you’re ready to play, the Games pages is waiting—click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you've received and check out games that people you know have played recently. Th…

Serious Games, Serious Money: Google's Web Reshaping

Via: TechCrunch

TechCrunch reports today that “Google’s stock is reaching its highest value over the past six months, trading as high as $619.50 share on Friday, putting search giant just shy of a $200 billion market cap.”
TechCrunch adds “in the week following the launch of Google+, the company’s most ambitious social product yet, investors added $20 billion to Google’s market cap. That combined with the general strength of the market and health of Google as a company propelled the stock upwards into July.”
As Google+ hit 20 million users, analysts are now optimistic for Google’s social plans. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, Barclays Capital equity researchers are telling investors that “given positive initial traction from users we believe Google is now better positioned to compete and integrate social cues across its products than before, which could drive increased relevancy in search going forward.”
I tend to agree with Geek with Laptop that Google News Badges can also…

Serious Games Polarities: Playing Google+ versus Checking FB

Via: Hannibal and MeThe Sociological Breakthrough Of Google+
by Andreas Kluth on July 20, 2011 Re-shared from Larry Ferlazzo on Google+
Among the zillions of posts trying to explain Google+ phenomenon (please find also Google+ Turns Spheres of Connections Into Serious Games ), the one that has recently drawn my attention is Andrea Kluth’s post The Sociological Breakthrough Of Google+. 

His opening statement:
“My last Facebook update said: Too busy playing on Google+ to check FB. And that was five days ago.”

Here are the highlights:
“The truth is that I’ve long been too busy doing anything to check Facebook. I’ve secretly, and increasingly, loathed Facebook since I joined it, which was relatively early (beginning of 2007, I believe), because my beat at The Economist back then was Silicon Valley, and it was simply part of my job to be fiddling with stuff like this.”
“Why this skepticism? Because Facebook is fundamentally indiscreet.”
“And it is fundamentally indiscreet because it is architect…

Google+ Getting Serious About Games Stream

Via: GamePro – Google+ Games Confirmed 
It looks like Google has some big features planned for Google+  including a Google+ Games product. 
Google’s Help Pages for Google+ have officially confirmed the upcoming Games Stream, a place where results from Gaming (or Serious Gaming, who knows?) would be pulled together:GamePro reports today: “It looks like the addition of Social Gaming to Google+ service is happening soon, if the official help document is to be believed.”

”If you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games Stream” the help article suggests, though this morning the link it mentions was leading to a 404 page.

GamePro also reports today: “It looks like the addition of Social Gaming to Google+service is happening soon, if the official help document is to be believed.”
Google's help document as pictured earlier today, with a reference to the Gaming Stream service (circled in pink). Update: The mention of Games Stream has now been pulled from the help page.

Corporate Serious Games: Google+ Expanding Fast To Business

Via: Google+Christian Oestlien - Public
Christian Oestlien, group product manager at Google, has just posted to Google+ a reshare request:
“Google+ users, please do me a small favor and reshare this post to anyone you know is interested in our business profiles testing. I wasn't kidding when I said the demand for this has been massive. Our old form has filled up, so we created a new form for any businesses interested in applying.”  Remember, we will close the application form at 6pm PST on Friday July 15th.”
Mashable reports today, under the article GoogleAccelerates Google+ For Business Test Program, that Google, which had initially planned to test business partners on Google+in the next “few months,” is moving more quickly with that program. 
The International Business Times also reports the same movement under today’s article Google+ Tells Business to Stay Away, But Speeds up Business Profile Launch.
Dennis Troper (product manager for business profiles), and Christian Oestlien will f…

Google+ Turns Spheres of Connections Into Serious Games

“The opposite to work is not play – is depression”
Via: Futurelab Marketing & Strategy Innovation Blog-Google Figures Out Humans
David Armano, in his post dated 12 July, 2011, provides his initial assessment onGoogle+

“Google has actually figured out how humans work, so mark Google+ as one to watch and ignore the pundits that are telling you it's no threat to Facebook. The real threat from Google is they have finally shown evidence that they understand social and human beings by association. The whole Google+ experience while far from perfect offers proof of this—specifically with its circles feature.”

Making a parallel to his diagram below, Google+ offers participants to the network circles to categorize their connections ranging from friends, to family, acquaintances, public etc.

“To many users of the various social networks, this comes as a welcome addition to those managing multiple spheres of connections and wishing to interact with them differently vs. using a broad brush for…

Serious Gaming With Google Plus Cross-Posting

After a couple of days playing with Google+ basics (I must confess that rounding up my circles has consumed most of the time), I came across the Start Google+ Extension for Chrome, which helps to increase productivity across Google+, Twitter and Facebook networks, especially in terms of my Serious Games articles cross-posting.

Start Google+ is designed to help you jump right into Google's new social network. Here are a few things that the plug-in can do:

* Automatically post to Facebook AND Twitter whenever you share something on Google Plus (you can turn this on/off from within the share window in Google Plus)

* Add a Gmail inbox notifier to the top bar, so that you do not have to keep a Gmail tab open. Clicking on the Gmail icon shows a menu with the unread messages that let you access your emails directly inside Google+.

* And if you visit Streamified (prior Start Google+) you can also transfer or sync your photos from Facebook, and get a Google+ Nickname

Here is a consolidated path…

#SeriousGames Will RT @google

Via: Official Google Blog - RT @google: Tweets and Updates and Search

Google Blog posted a couple of hours ago:

"At Google, our goal is to create the most comprehensive, relevant and fast search in the world. In the past few years, an entirely new type of data has emerged — real-time updates like those on Twitter have appeared not only as a way for people to communicate their thoughts and feelings, but also as an interesting source of data about what is happening right now in regard to a particular topic."

"Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months. That way, the next time you search for something t…