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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Official Google+ Fan Page

I’m not going to go into too much detail here since I have already discussed Google+ as a part of these narratives about the myriad of Social Networks that are out there and how they are used to help out the PiercingMetal.com site. It was back in May of 2011 that I first signed up for G+ account using an additional email address related to the website because it never hurts to have an alternate to ones main site email. That was great to connect with those musical types that also used Google+ and it gave me another means of posting our content as soon as it went live on the site. While that was great in the beginning it was not something that was accruing “Likes” or in this sense “Followers” like you want to do in the Social Networking dynamic. Now there is the permission to have what are viewed as the Branded Pages and with that being the case there is a companion Official PiercingMetal Page to serve the needs of those readers who have moved on from Facebook for one reason or another. Clicking the logo graphic above will actually take you to the Google+ Page for the website but before you do that let me tell you how it works for the content that you will be seeing on it.

Google+ is based on the idea of “Circles” that you add and remove users from and with this methodology you can also “Add To Followed Circles” certain brands that you enjoy the offerings of. Visitors can click any of the links that are found on this page and be brought to the website to investigate further. Below each posting is the means to give a “+1” which is the equivalent of a Facebook “Like” along with the means to share the item to your own Circles. We love the idea of plus ones and having articles that interest you most being shared but we really hope that you take a moment and add that Official Page to your “Followed Circles”. What this boils down to is the same status of giving a Facebook Page a like and being able to regularly see its offerings in a specific area of your Google+ account. Right now there are not a lot of users following the page but it is very new and since Google+ itself has taken off very slowly the same applies to any branded pages in there. Since I don’t want you to miss a thing with the site I hope you will add it to your followed circles as soon as possible. I don’t think there is a way to connect our Twitter or Instagram to it as a default action but that would be sweet since it would allow me to indulge your senses with maximum PiercingMetal stuffs with a single click.

I’ve noticed in the WordPress Software that we use for the Official Blog for PiercingMetal (aka “PiercingMetal Musings) that there is an option to share to Google+ so that will be happening with every post going forward. If I can get the site redevelopment plan underway when 2013 rolls around I will be making that a default setting for those review posts as well. Of course if you are still not a fan of doing this the Google way, the Official Facebook Page for PiercingMetal can be found HERE and remember that our Official PiercingMetal Twitter is always a busy place too. Thanks as always for listening and your interest in the workings of the PiercingMetal.com website.

Learn more of the finer details about Google + via its Wikipedia entry HERE.

Presenting Google Music Service

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A couple of months ago Amazon.com announced their “Cloud Player” and for those who don’t understand what that means it very simply is the ability to upload music to a server somewhere and then access these files anywhere you go via a computer with an internet connection or a Smartphone/Tablet device like an Android Phone or Xoom. I left out the Apple devices because they are doing their own cloud medium called “iCloud”. If you are an Ipod, Mac or Itouch and etcetera user then you will have to find someone who dished out the goods on that service.

The image above is the first screen you see when you login to the service and as you can see this is still in the beta phase of the project. Similar to the Amazon Cloud system, you will need to download what is referred to as an “Upload Manager” to your hard drive and this will let you select and later enjoy your music via the internet alone. I decided not to post a whole bunch of photos for this particular service since the Beta aspect could find numerous changes taking place and hence making many of them obsolete. As long as readers know of the existence and basic premise I feel we are fine.

Google gives you about 50 free songs to enjoy, so depending on your tastes you might love or hate all of them. I lean to the Rock and Metal side while also remaining open but the offerings that they gave me outside of my genre scope were hardly interesting. This is purely a personal choice and you might feel different. I have not yet deleted the selections I did not want nor upload any new music to it as I am still in the process of organizing my music library. That kind of thing is good to do every once in awhile.

Once you have signed into the service and downloaded the music manager you will need to download the means to access it on your device and since this is Android based you can do that in the Market icon on your device. Once logged into the link on your device you should see all of the music that you have available. I tested this and thought it was great. I just need to upload the main stuff I want to have available like my KISS, Priest, Van Halen, Savatage and Type O Negative catalogs as a start.

Some Immediate Observations:

Amazon’s Cloud gives you 5GB free and anything after that becomes a pay per allotment account. The Google Music in its beta form seems to offer you the chance to upload 20k songs, and yes that is twenty thousand. Some of you might be shaking your head saying “who has that many songs” but believe me I know people with so much more. Especially the folks in the music industry that are out there and doing reviews. We get so many links to tunes to offer commentary on.

Google Music’s navigation is straightforward and when you are logged in you also seem to have access to the other Google services you are taking part in. I liked that very much as I have a Buzz, Email, and an Analytics account for the website.

This marks three heavy hitters all doing cloud based mediums for music and while folks like MOG and Last FM have been offering up stuff like this for a little longer, it does seem like they are looking to rid the world of physical CD media sooner or later. You might say that it can never happen, but when was the last time you saw a pre-recorded cassette tape around for sale or its predecessor the eight track tape. Yep. Times and technology changes the way we do things. I know I will miss CD’s when they are a myth and I only wonder what can follow this. Readers can learn a little more about the MOG and Last FM things by perusing my overview about the many different Social Networking mediums that are being employed by entertainment resources nowadays. Click HERE to see that massive and continually growing set of articles.

PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Google+

It’s without question that Google is one of the main innovators of “stuff to enjoy” and work with when it comes to the world wide web, and I have loved checking out each and every one of them since I first got my email “invite” to start a free Gmail.com account.  At the time I as a diehard AOL user (which is America Online for those no longer familiar with the abbreviation) and its since that first account setup it has become my primary personal address. Over the years they’ve given us Google Earth, Google Docs and even Google Buzz; the latter of which was briefly discussed on our Social Networking narratives. That brings us to the newest announcement of Google + which is designed to help you “share” what you are most interested in with your friends and the online world around you.

This project is in its very beginning stages and I signed up as one of the numerous beta testing public but I am guessing we are closer to its being made available to a wider audience today than when I first did this a couple of weeks ago. The premise appeals to me since its about sharing that which you love with those who might find you during some Google searches. I view it as being very helpful to the articles on PiercingMetal.com as well since the more that this work is shared around peoples circles of friends, then the greater impact the viewpoints have in guiding you to something that was thought to be outstanding or to steer clear of something determined to be dreadful.  My guess is that Google is aiming its sights on the stuff that Facebook is doing and that is good, a little competition keeps things interesting in this ever-changing online realm.

I have experimented on how it works by doing some searches for things I regularly enjoy or have written on my own and felt the largest sampling of the public would appreciate.  When you get your list in a Google screen and are in the “+” program, you see a little “plus 1” icon that is greyed out.  If you want to speak up for this particular item you just click the icon and it shows that you gave this a plus one.  It’s kind of like giving something a thumbs up or in direct example “Liking” something on Facebook.  The critical difference seems to be that it’s going to be available across the entire Googlesphere as opposed to being only viewed in Facebook as something people dig.  My hope is that it works out in the fashion that they expect it to because it has some promise and might bring things a wider level of attention.  There are so many things online that it sometimes becomes difficult to find them and this could make a difference.  If you click the logo above you will see that I did a Google search for some PiercingMetal.com things and if you are signed up for the “Plus 1” project we welcome you giving it a whirl on some of those items.  When you scroll over the shaded out icon it suggests for you to “Recommend This Item”.  Then I encourage you to support the other stuff you are most passionate about so the world at large knows that they need to pay more attention to it.  If you like it, “Plus 1” it.  You would be doing some good for all of it.

The Social Networking aspect of Google Plus does take a little getting used to.  When you check it out you will see a number of Circles and these allot Family, Friends, Acquaintances and Following.  So essentially you can be Following a website profile like PiercingMetal.com to see what they are up to and place those who you know in Acquaintances as opposed to friends.  In similar fashion to Facebook, there is a Stream that shows you the latest news from the people who you have added to the Circles on your profile.  Since I am a music journalist I have created two additional Circles with one being restricted to the talented people I am proud to call friends and the Media Contacts that I have made over the years.  Since some of these Media Contacts are now actually friends in my regular day, I have included them in my Friends Circle.  Confused yet?  Don’t be because it all makes a little sense when you look at it like this.  Let’s say you had a new job interview and you want people to know about it.  You can share this post with the Friends and Family but not the Media Contacts or Acquaintances circles.  I have always hated how people who barely know me get to “like” or add comments to things I post on my personal Facebook but deleting people on the network now seems to cause a whole new world of crap.  Who has time for dealing with that.  What I would really love to do is connect my “Buzz” account to this profile as opposed to my primary personal one but since I did post the site Facebook and Twitter so at least people can find those links and keep up with the adventures in Media in the same fashion.

I created a profile for PiercingMetal.com on Google + using the email that I had to use for the official YouTube.com channel, so fans or supporters of the site are encouraged to “Follow Us” (as they would in Twitter) via this PROFILE LINK or the email address of “piercingmetalnyc@gmail.com”.  On the same note, new Media Contacts and talent are welcome to add us to their Circles in the hope of working in tandem with each other.  This is still new so it has a lot of things to work out but I will admit it has a very clean feel.  There is also an Android app that you can download for your Smartphone or non-Apple tablet device.

Learn more of the finer details about Google + via its Wikipedia entry HERE.

UPDATE 11/7/2011: Google+ has been growing as a Social Networking tool since I originally wrote up this narrative back in July and today I discovered that the option for creating what is referred to as a “Branded Page” was available. For those in need of a reference this is similar to the Facebook Fan Page for PiercingMetal in terms of connecting ones branded identity to the general public. I welcome all followers to this page and hope to somehow make it as vital to my sites efforts as the Facebook Page has become. Perhaps we can feed our Official PiercingMetal Twitter account into the statuses of our Google + official page. That would save some work.

PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Google Buzz

“What’s Buzz, Tell Me What’s a Happening, What’s The Buzz” – Sorry, that is actually a line from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” original cast soundtrack and the line just came to mind when I realized I was adding some thoughts about Google Buzz to this serialized overview of the Social Networking mediums and how we apply them to the PiercingMetal adventures.  So what is it exactly?  Well, its defined as a Social Networking and Communication medium and similar to how Twitter works, you “Follow” those who you have some interest in.  The difference is that you seem to be able to reply to their “Buzzes” a little differently that you would a Tweet.  You can also continue someone’s buzz by sharing or emailing it.  This works within your Gmail.com account which I think at this point almost everyone in the world has.  Some people love it, and some do not.  For me it has worked out and I have used it since it launched in February 2010.  Right now it is connected to my personal Gmail.com account and I have set it up to share my Twitter postings and blogs.

I also added Google Buzz to my “PiercingMetalNYC” Gmail account for good measure as that email is a little less private, so anyone who has an interest in Following me may easily do so from there. Bear in mind that it is also connected to my Twitter account which will take those posts and show them in the Buzz feed. I do NOT generally type in new thoughts to the Buzz but love that it extends the Tweets to those users who might not have a Twitter account and instead only check their Gmail.com resources.   For what I intended to use it for it has done the trick.  Perhaps it will work for you as well.  You can also read more about Google Buzz by clicking its Wikipedia entry HERE.

IMPORTANT NEWS (12/1/2011): I’ve been receiving the notification that Google Buzz was going away within the coming weeks for the last few weeks so I am not sure when the exact D-Day is for their experiment. In my humble opinion they should have worked it better into their Google+ accounts and pages since those are growing rapidly each day. My view is that this could have worked much like Twitter does in terms of its communication with Facebook Profiles and Pages. I’ve connected mine to the Official PiercingMetal.com Page and loved how it saved me a step. Anyway, since my Google Buzz repeated my Tweets to those who followed my posts I will miss it, but I do encourage site supporters to “Follow” the Official PiercingMetal Google+ Page now to keep up with the happenings.

Goodbye Google Buzz. We hardly knew ye.