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Further Google+ Stickiness!
As part of the Google ongoing “rolling release” of the new Google+ platform (and the changes it means for the entire Google ecosystem) today the awaited Google+ Games arrived!
On their blog, Google says, “Today we’re starting to gradually roll out games in Google+. We look forward to making them fully available to everyone in Google+ soon. When you see a Games page in your account, please give games a try and send us feedback. Look for the “send feedback” button in the bottom right-hand corner of any page in Google+. Thanks for playing!”
I personally feel this is bad… very very bad…
Why so? Because now I’m going to not only spend tons of time hanging out on Google+ but be tempted to play Bejeweled and not get anything else done either! (See? I told you it was bad! LOL)
Games will get its own icon near the top of the G+ page just to the right of where you currently have square icons for Home, Profile, Photos and Circles… so it will be right at your fingertips when it arrives!
While I personally do not play many of the smaller online games, outside of the major MMO game I play, and thus this does not really impact me… it’s noteworthy because small, lightweight, addictive games form a core part of Facebook’s “time on site” and addictive nature for the average user.
Many of us are expressing concern over the large amount of permissions requested by games such as Angry Birds. Remember this is all in beta. Many of the permissions can actually be rationalized but still kinda remind us of the abuses we’ve seen on Facebook. I’m not particularly scared but it is definitely worth noting and statements like this by Rovio are not reassuring “Rovio reserves the right to use and disclose the collected non-personal data for purposes of advertisement by Rovio or Rovio’s partners and contractors.”
Have you had a chance to check out Google+ Games yet? Do you enjoy small social games and the “down time” they provide from the stresses of work? Share your thoughts below!
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