500 people holding more than 1,500 (!!!) developed pictures all around Israel. The clever video features glimpses of Israel’s many faces with a flip book style stop motion playing out between their fingertips. (Best viewed not on full screen).
My beta app of the week is Banjo. While on my unwired from work vactation, I heard that it was a new layer you could put on top of your social networks. Here is what Tech crunch had to say:
"Banjo, for those unaware, is a new social discovery service which reveals the social network present at any given location at a particular time. To be clear, it’s not another social network, it’s a layer on top of social networks. With Banjo, you don’t have to create a profile, add friends or collect followers, or perform any of the other typical social networking behaviours.
Now, you can enter in any address supported by Google Maps in order to discover that location’s hidden social network, whether the location you seek is a city, a street address or even the name of a local business.
There are certainly some use cases for this feature that will appeal to mainstream users – perhaps you’re curious what people think of tonight’s concert, for example, or what people at a conference are posting pictures of or are tweeting about."
The initial set of games includes, the addictive, Angry Birds by, Rovio, PopCap's Bejeweled, and Zynga's Poker – and it’s attracting big developers like EA with a sweet new revenue model. Google only takes 5% of game revenues, as opposed to Facebook which takes 30%.
But you have to ask yourself, with such a tiny slice of the social market, compared to Facebook's huge slice of the pie, what brought those big name game developers to the fledgling network? Could it be that G+ has a different audience than facebook's young social gamers?
Have you played yet? I found it easy and fun.
If you’re a developer interested in building games for Google+, you can learn more on the new Google+ developer blog.