Get Google+Facebook, download malware and a gimmick all in one click

Browsing through my Google Plus feed today, I noticed a post about a Google + Facebook add-on that incorporates your Facebook feed into your Google Plus feed. Sound too good to be true? Yep, sure is.

On Reddit, a social news website, a user called RougeDarkJedi discusses the add-on and notes it “acts like malware and the service is a security vulnerability waiting to happen.” For example, the add-on can go through emails and attach a signature to try and get your friends to install the add-on. Biggest issue with the Google+Facebook scam is undoubtedly the privacy issues.

CEO and co-founder of Crossrider (the developer of Google+Facebook), Koby Menachemi, claims this is just a misunderstanding. Here’s a screenshot of what they claim it will look like.


But the overwhelming response from those who have unfortunately installed the add-on and those who have researched it shows it probably is a deceptive program.

Best idea is to keep away!



Buy Google Plus on eBay or wait to be invited by a friend

It’s an interesting thought — Facebook no longer ruling the world. In some ways it’s hard to grasp considering how long Facebook has been around. Most of us grew up with the blue-faced social media site.

The latest and greatest Google Plus

But now there is a new social media site out to challenge the giant. It is, not surprisingly, from Google and called Google Plus. From what I’ve read, it looks like a brand new approach to social media from a search engine giant that is out to conquer the beast; in the process Google may even change the very way we find and optimize sites for the web.

While it feels too early to know what kind of impact this will actually have, I’m not ready to underestimate Google. They’ve put a lot of work into this, and apparently it is quite different from Buzz and other failed attempts at social media by google.

For those who want to get Google plus (also referred to as Google+), you’ll have to either know someone who can invite you or be one of the extremely luck ones who was invited by Google. Due to the popularity of this new test social site, those invites are really hard to find. If you’re willing to pay a little money, there are several hundred eBay sellers claiming they can get you in — for a small fee, of course.

In the meantime, enjoy Facebook. Theres no telling how much longer it will rule the world. And if you have an extra invite to Google Plus, I’m definitely looking to try it out for myself.

Note: I don’t think it’s a good idea to go and buy an invite from anyone. Google is opening and closing the window of opportunity at their discretion. So even if someone sends you an invite, it may not work unless the window is open. There’s no telling when Google Plus users will be able to invite more people, but as of a few minutes ago, it still wasn’t possible. Guess I’ll just have to keep waiting and hoping.