How Google+ is Showing Users That It's Serious About Privacy

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When Google+ launched  a month ago, it highlighted the social network's emphasis on privacy. "Rather than focus on new snazzy features -- although it does offer several -- Google has chosen to learn from its own mistakes, and Facebook's. Google decided to make privacy the No. 1 feature of its new service," explained The New York Times's Nick Bilton.

Google+ has been following through on that focus. The site announced their first acquisition: Frid.ge, a photo sharing network that prides itself on privacy -- "Simple and Private Social Networks," as the tagline goes. The buyout comes as no surprise to TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid, who likened the messages of Google+ and Frid.ge, which both have a "heavy focus on privacy and making sure you're only sharing content with the people you mean to."

Google's last attempt at turning its massive user base into a social network, Google Buzz, failed in part because of a backlash to its privacy-invading function of automatically including people's email contacts in their Buzz network. The people you send emails are not necessarily your friends, nor do you want the world to know who you email on a regular basis. "Google+ grew out of those mistakes, they said, because they realized how much people care about controlling the information they share," explains the New York Times.

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