Google+ gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

Google+ gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

Summary: Google+ gets games and is hoping developers flock to its platform so it can compete better with Facebook.

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Google+ has gotten off to a strong start with more than 25 million users in just a few weeks, but before the search giant could really take on Facebook it needed games. Now the company has a few games in its quiver.

In a blog post, Google said that it is adding games to Google+. The initial batch of games includes Angry Birds, Diamond Dash and Zynga Poker. Google said it will allow users to choose whether to share game results and activities and hide them as well. The general idea is that you can engage in some chest thumping if necessary.

To be a social player, Google+ has to be well versed in games. Let's face it: Much of the time spent on Facebook revolves around playing games. There's a good reason that Zynga and Facebook are so connected at the hip in this quasi co-dependent relationship.

From a developer perspective, Google+ is open to taking on more games and that means a new revenue stream. Google called for game developers on its Google+ blog.

Related: Internet expert on Google+: "Facebook is toast."

Topics: Mobility, Apps, Google, Social Enterprise

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  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    KILL IT WITH FIRE
    savagehenry
    • I know, right? But wait a sec.

      @savagehenry That was my initial reaction, too... but if it's easy enough to disable them on a per-user basis, it shouldn't bug me, but it should make it easier to wean folks off of Facebook. I just hope they're a bit more discerning about the quality of applications they allow.
      SenorAlejandro
      • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

        @SenorAlejandro Amen to that. So many FB games and apps are really just there to mine data and that's it.
        Champ_Kind
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    save us all! Diaspora FTW
    seogeeker
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    Weren't most of facebook detractors saying how much all the games ruined FB?
    dave.smags
    • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

      @dave.smags

      I migrated to Google+ because of FB games, but it wasn't the games [i]themselves[/i] that drove me away. It was their intrusiveness. They polluted my feed like goose sh*t in a stream. If Google does it right (and it does seem like they're on the right track with it), the games won't pollute the experience of the people who don't want them.

      Plus, to be honest, if Google+ offered Scrabble, I'd play. That was my one guilty pleasure on FB.
      bhartman36
      • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

        @bhartman36

        You click the box (the X) and say no more 'farmville/mafia' and it doesn't show up anymore, ever. Is it really that annoying?
        Tojuro
      • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

        @bhartman36 As Tojuro points out, your fb feed is entirely under YOUR control, fb does not "pollute" it with anything you don't want to have on it. It's really quite simple, if you bother to read the instructions or just ask someone (anyone on fb) who has- just click that "X" at the top right corner on ANY post on your feed and block that game, page, person, etc. and what you block stays blocked. I don't understand why otherwise intelligent people complain about a problem that they themselves create by not blocking what they don't want to see.
        xplorer1959
    • Google gets games, plus ability to avoid games

      @dave.smags In his post, Those who do not want to play games or be annoyed by game notifications can avoid them, as the games have a dedicated page.

      On that page, those who do want to play can see game updates from their circles, browse invitations to games and see which games have been played recently by contacts.

      Facebook should follow this idea to reduce game spam.
      BioNerd
    • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

      @dave.smags On top of ignoring the posts, there's also tools out there for FB (which I'm sure will make it to G+) that let you filter your FB feed. Things like Better Facebook.
      Champ_Kind
  • Google , the Facebook "want-to-be"

    I see this as nothing more then an attempt to copy Facebook, instead of trying to innovate.

    :|
    Tim Cook
    • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

      @Mister Spock

      Sure, there's an element of "me too". But I think Google [i]is[/i] trying to innovate with the games, starting with the fact that games on Google+ have their own section, and don't pollute your Stream. And let's face it: Games are what bring back the most users. That's [i]why[/i] they're so pervasive on Facebook.
      bhartman36
      • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

        @bhartman36 Yes, giving games their own stream is a novelty, since many users are annoyed by game spam on Facebook.
        BioNerd
      • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

        @bhartman36 So, Google's form of innovation is taking someone else's stuff and putting a new coat of paint on it.

        That explains YouTube using everyone else's videos....except now it's FREE ON YOUTUBE. Or Android using everyone else's patents....but now it's FREE ON ANDROID.

        It's like Google has even made theft innovative.
        Tojuro
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    Serious question... Does "visitors" equal "signed up users"? The reports I've seen only allude to people visiting the site. I visit sites all the time that I'm not a signed up user of. The real number should be stated with Google+ members as a unit of measure, not visitors.
    TechNickle
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    this is kool. i m already enjoying Google+, wit the introduction of games it will be more fun.
    Gautam Doddamani
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    Hype dying down about Google+ (aka Buzz 2.0 or 'the place everyone posts once before going back to FB'). So it's time to release all the games that Google paid developers to make for their baby.

    Must keep virus growing. Google must have all that personal data in social networking to go along with our personal emails, and internet search data, and the location of our Android phones. Doubleclick needs to know what we are thinking at all times.

    Google+ has to be big. More like Aids and less like Swine flu.
    Tojuro
  • Scrabble

    THEN we'll talk.
    Heenan73
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    No one would have anything to "comment" about if one was left for another. I left Facebook because the only reason I was on it, was the games and it wasn't enough. I have plenty of friends and relatives on Facebook, but letting someone know, or reading about the insignificant functions that takes place as a normal course of life just doesn't interest me. I see it more as something that could easily get me into trouble if I participated to the level of some.
    davidtb
  • RE: Google gets game: Now Facebook assault really begins

    Drat! This is why I liked +. I hope my stream isn't flooded with constant game requests!
    almost99