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Data Visualization: Representing Information on Modern Web by Swizec Teller, Ændrew Rininsland, Simon Timms, Andy Kirk

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Chapter 8. Google+

Of the major social networking sites, Google+ is the newest entrant. Although an upstart, it does have a large user base claiming to have more than 350 million active accounts (http://ca.ign.com/articles/2013/05/02/report-google-bigger-than-twitter-with-359-million-active-users). This is not Google's first attempt at breaking into the billion-dollar social media market. They have, in the past, created Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, and Orkut in an attempt to gain a large user base. All but Orkut have since been mothballed and its user base is almost entirely located in Brazil. Google has purposefully avoided creating a write API in the hope that it eliminates automatically-posted spam. Google+ provides a read-only API that ...

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