This Week in Social: Google+ Top Of App Store Charts, Facebook Comments Now Show Embedded Videos

By Rob McNair

Google+ is top of the charts on App Store, Facebook comments now display embedded links, Social Hangouts app arrives on Facebook, Google+ to reach 20 million users by next week and Google+ ad gets removed from Facebook


Google+ goes straight to no.1 in Top Free Chart on App Store


After a small delay and with many people wondering “will they or won’t they?” Apple finally approved the Google+ app for iOS devices. This app is exactly like the Android version (yes, we compared so you didn’t have to) and retains Google+ clean UI. After the buzz that Google+ generated all around the social web, it is no surprise to see it has gone straight to the top spot of the free app chart on the App Store. Our favourite feature is the Instant Upload for pics, meaning you can snap photos straight onto a private album and not worry about uploading them separately later.

You can download the Google+ app from iTunes here


Facebook comments now show embedded videos, photos and previews of websites


Facebook has now rolled out a fantastic new feature that means you can embed links in comments. If you now comment on someones status with a link to the latest trailer, it will show the video embedded so that you friend can play it without leaving Facebook. The feedback for this has been phenomenal and means you can easily preview content before you click on a link you don’t want to.

You can read the official announcement from Facebook here.

Social Hangouts app brings multiway chat to Facebook


After seeing the response to Google+ hangouts feature you may be glad to hear that you can now do it on Facebook thanks to Social Hangouts. After Facebook teamed up with Skype to make video calls all part of the service, there has been no further announcements on them taking it to the next level with multiway video conferencing. For now, Social Hangouts provides an excellent alternative.

You can get your hangouts started with the Social Hangouts Facebook App.


Google+ will surpass 20 million users by next week



Adoption rate of Google’s new social network is not slowing down with estimates from this Guardian Technology Article showing that Google+ currently has around 18 million users and will reach 20 million “within days”. Paul Allen cites that Google has not actively marketed Google+ via its other products yet and once it does there is a predicted avalanche in people taking up the service. It was also announced that Google has closed Google Labs so that it can concentrate on all its existing services.


Web developer’s Google+ Ad gets removed from Facebook


Michael Lee Johnson received a nasty surprise when his Google+ Ad got pulled. Facebook does not allow ads from competing products according to its Terms of Service, so they punished the Web App Developer with not only removing his Google+ ad but also suspending all his ad campaigns. The self-confessed “Google+ Evangelist” chose to vent his frustration on the social network saying, “I

recently ran a Google+ advertisement on Facebook that got all of my campaigns suspended. – Great.”

You can see Michael’s Google+ comment on this here



As you can see Google+ really dominated the news this week, despite not having the numbers of the other established social networks. Do you think that it will take over Facebook as THE premium social network? Or is it a case of a novelty niche network forever more? How about Facebook video chat – will you be using that? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…


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This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.