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I don't work for Google, so my answer will just be a guess at best. Let's look at this button in basic terms: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups It's necessary to make clear that the state is active. Google does this by changing the colour. With this type of button, you would expect that clicking again would ...


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Your questions seems a bit misleading for me. Is your question about: how the google+ circles layout is called? - there is no UX/UI pattern for this, Google+ introduced the new Circles concept "You can see that all rows are consistent and that if you resize the browser, the cards will rearrange to maximize the use of the space, making the rest fall down to ...


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Though I cant speak from any existing research which FB or Google plus must have done with the logic of not enforcing that users have to upload facial pictures, I believe there are three primary reasons : Users might not be comfortable with posting their picture for personal or privacy concerns and would prefer to use a neutral picture such as a ...


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I think that the main intended purpose for the current design is to 'add new contacts'. Thus, groups are represented in a compact manner. You are focusing on the 'manage' task instead, which is a different purpose. In the long term you probably will know which is the purpose of each circle and only need to classify new contacts and not to change contacts ...


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They are taking the minimalist approach. By using white and grey the user gets: - less distracted with the shape and the colors - pays more attention on the content - has a good contrast = better readability Think about other colors, i.e. red, orange, pink, etc. They all tell a story or could mean things. The users will tend to "like it" or "not like it" ...


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The technology is there. I wouldn't be surprised if it continues to evolve in some way. They certainly recgnise the presence of a face and have been able to suggest an identity with some accuracy - providing you can see enough of the face. The technology is impressive in its ability though. Both companies have acquired facial recognition companies in the ...


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The "+1" doesn't mean that you're "addding one" somewhere, it's kind of a brand, mark, "thumbs up" symbol. So, when you click, you're putting your approval on something that is represented by a "+1" symbol. If you want to undo it, you click again in the "+1" and remove that approval. Think about the facebook "like" button, it could be a "like" getting ...


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I've heard it called a fluid or flexible layout.


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Google+ is indeed quite slow. And not only on the notification. However, Google+ is still in an early stage, I believe they even still consider it to be beta software. I am sure they are working on this. Facebook is also a company obsessed with speed. Facebook is actually an example of how a web application can be very fast, and apart from that they also ...


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The concept of circles is strong. The icon for circles is strong. It should stay circular to be consistent. Having said that, I also think there is much room for improvement. What if upon hovering over the desired circle, it could trigger a fly-out, like how they do now, but the fully scrollable list like this:


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I think this paper may give you the answers you are looking for: http://research.google.com/pubs/pub37843.html Talking in Circles: Selective Sharing in Google+ Abstract: Online social networks have become indispensable tools for information sharing, but existing ‘all-or-nothing’ models for sharing have made it difficult for users to target information to ...


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Of course limiting users would frustrate them - just a quick glance at facebook or google plus will tell you that many users prefer non-portrait photos as their profile photos. You haven't listed any reasons as to why you would implement a feature like this. It's probably best to start by defining the benefits of imposing this restriction in order to see ...


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Not doable... Virtually every email client strips javascript out of emails. I assume web based email clients do as well. The feature you are seing is probably a part of the gmail app and not the email itself.


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A slight change in wording should do the trick here. Since the accounts on other services already exist, rather than Sign up (which generally indicates creating a whole new account) say: Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google Then for creating a new account on your site, Sign up with xyz.com


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The real answer is "It depends." For products website, it is suggested to remove the authorship of the web page. When you intend to search product, you perceived that the face-tagged post probably is not the product page. So you tend to skip over those links and go for another. Example: How Google Authorship decreased our traffic by 90% For reviews, ...


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Having the white boxes on the grey background emphasizes the boxes ever so slightly. The boxes are part of the structure of the page, and there's a balancing act between having too little (visible) structure to organize the content and too much structure to overwhelm the content. White boxes on a black background (or vice versa) would be too heavy in most ...


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I find it incredibly creepy and irritating when sites try to force me to participate at a higher level than I am comfortable with. That combined with a lack of privacy has resulted in me avoiding Facebook. But that is just my personal preference. That said, and this goes to your question and 'user experience.' I think Google (and not just Google+) does a ...


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I like the sites that present the option as two sides to a box. Sign up for an account or sign up using Facebook, Twitter, etc. (using the social icons). I can't think of an example right now. But I think this is the best compromise for the UX Sign in to XYZ.com Or Sign in using Username Facebook Twitter ...



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